Wallace Delois Wattles’s daughter – Florence Wattles, shortly after his death in 1911 – wrote to Elizabeth Towne.
“Mrs. Towne was the owner of the magazine called Nautilius, which published most of Wattles’s articles.
Florence writes “My dear Mrs. Towne, Your letter of the 14th received…perhaps a little later I can write the romantic story of my Fathers life and make it really worthwhile.
You knew, didn’t you, that he lost a good position in the Methodist Church because of his “heresy”?
He met George D. Herron at a convention of reformers in Chicago in 1896 & caught Herron’s Social Vision.
I shall never forget the morning he came home.
It was Christmas.
Mother had put her last dollar into a cuff box & we had placed it beneath an evergreen branch which served for our Christmas tree & which we had illuminated with tallew candles & strung with popcorn.
Finally Father came home.
With that beautiful smile he praised the tree, said the cuff box was just what he had been wanting – and took us all in his arms to tell us of the wonderful, social message of Jesus.
The message which he later embodied in “A New Christ.”
From that day until his death he worked unceasingly to realize the glorious vision of human brotherhood.
For years he was cursed with poverty & the fear of poverty.
He was always scheming & planning to get for his family those things which make the abundant life possible.
In the first chapter of “How To Be A Genius” he says: “Man’s greatest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves.”
The supreme Faith of the man never left him.
Never for a moment did he lose confidence in the power of master intelligence to right every wrong & to give to every man & woman his or her share of the good things in life.
When we came to Elwood (Indiana) three years ago, Father began a Sunday night lectureship in Indianapolis.
This was our only source of income.
Later he began to write for Nautilius to word out his philosophy.
He wrote almost constantly.
Then it was that he formed his mental picture.
He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, & he began to work toward the realization of this vision…He lived every page of “How To Be A Genius.”
In the last three years he made lots of money, & had good health, except for his extreme frailty.
I have written this hurriedly but I think it will give you an idea of the life struggle of a great man – his failure & success.
His life was truly the Powerful Life, and surely we can say, as least in Elswood, “The name of him who loved his fellow men led all the rest.”
With all good wishes, I am, Very sincerely,
Florence A. Wattles.”
Written by the daughter of Wallace D. Wattles author of the timeless, personal improvement classic The Science of Getting Rich a life changing book that you can grab over at Amazon.com
– Musawenkosi Tshoaele