The Maxwells of Montreal Volume II (Middle and Late Years) covers the years 1923-1952. Beginning with the early ministry of the Guardian and the pilgrimage of May and her daughter in 1923/4, it describes Mary's education as a young Bah ' , her pilgrimage during her adolescence and the growth of the youth movement in Montreal, as well as the family's services to the Bah ' Faith in Canada and the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. It then moves to Europe, where May in France and Mary in Germany contributed to the advancement of these Bah ' communities between 1935 and 1937. But in 1937 Mary's marriage to Shoghi Effendi changed the lives of the family for ever. As Amatu'l-Bah R h yyih Kh num she would be called to extraordinary heights of service and sacrifice. The final part of the book (Late Years) gives an account of May's heroic services before her passing in Argentina in 1940, and describes Sutherland's remarkable architectural achievement as architect of the Shrine of the B b during his final years in the Holy Land.
This volume, like Volume I, draws on the over 1,600 personal letters between May, Sutherland and Mary Maxwell (Amatu'l-Bah R h yyih Kh num), together with about 1,400 letters which the three Maxwells exchanged with their relatives and some of the early Bah ''s. It includes the last Tablet May Maxwell received from 'Abdu'l-Bah , and citations from letters and cables from Shoghi Effendi to members of the family which have never been transcribed before. It also contains extracts from R h yyih Kh num's notebooks, sketches made by her father, and articles and photographs related to the period.
One family, bonded in their love for the Bah ' Faith and for each other, committed through decades of uninterrupted service to the promotion and establishment of that Faith worldwide. Of the mother, 'Abdu'l-Bah wrote that 'her company uplifts and develops the soul'. The father, a noble, cultured and saintly man, was an outstanding architect not only of the Shrine of the B b but as a partner in the most preeminent architectural firm in Canada during the early 20th century. And the daughter grew up to play a unique role in history as the wife of the Guardian of the Bah ' Faith. They were the Maxwells of Montreal.