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Miscellaneous Writings | Part 6


Whence are thy wooings, gentle June?


Thou hast a Naiad's charm;
Thy breezes scent the rose's breath;
Old Time gives thee her palm.


The lark's shrill song doth wake the dawn:
The eve-bird's forest flute
Gives back some maiden melody,


Too pure for aught so mute.

The fairy-peopled world of flowers,
Enraptured by thy spell,


Looks love unto the laughing hours,
Through woodland, grove, and dell;
And soft thy footstep falls upon


The verdant grass it weaves;
To melting murmurs ye have stirred
The timid, trembling leaves.


When sunshine beautifies the shower,
As smiles through teardrops seen,
Ask of its June, the long-hushed heart,


What hath the record been?
And thou wilt find that harmonies,
In which the Soul hath part,


Ne'er perish young, like things of earth,
In records of the heart.

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Written to the Editor of the Item, Lynn, Mass.


I hope the heart that's hungry
For things above the floor,
Will find within its portals


An item rich in store;

That melancholy mortals
Will count their mercies o'er,


And learn that Truth and wisdom
Have many items more;

That when a wrong is done us,


It stirs no thought of strife;
And Love becomes the substance,
As item, of our life;


That every ragged urchin,
With bare feet soiled or sore,
Share God's most tender mercies, -


Find items at our door.

Then if we've done to others
Some good ne'er told before,


When angels shall repeat it,
'T will be an item more.

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Oh, mountain monarch, at whose feet I stand, -


Clouds to adorn thy brow, skies clasp thy hand, -
Nature divine, in harmony profound,
With peaceful presence hath begirt thee round.


And thou, majestic oak, from yon high place
Guard'st thou the earth, asleep in night's embrace, -
And from thy lofty summit, pouring down


Thy sheltering shade, her noonday glories crown?

Whate'er thy mission, mountain sentinel,
To my lone heart thou art a power and spell;


A lesson grave, of life, that teacheth me
To love the Hebrew figure of a tree.

Faithful and patient be my life as thine;


As strong to wrestle with the storms of time;
As deeply rooted in a soil of love;
As grandly rising to the heavens above.


Written on receiving a painting of the Isle

Isle of beauty, thou art singing


To my sense a sweet refrain;
To my busy mem'ry bringing
Scenes that I would see again.

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Chief, the charm of thy reflecting,
Is the moral that it brings;


Nature, with the mind connecting,
Gives the artist's fancy wings.

Soul, sublime 'mid human débris,


Paints the limner's work, I ween,
Art and Science, all unweary,
Lighting up this mortal dream.


Work ill-done within the misty
Mine of human thoughts, we see
Soon abandoned when the Master


Crowns life's Cliff for such as we.

Students wise, he maketh now thus
Those who fish in waters deep,


When the buried Master hails us
From the shores afar, complete.

Art hath bathed this isthmus-lordling


In a beauty strong and meek
As the rock, whose upward tending
Points the plane of power to seek.


Isle of beauty, thou art teaching
Lessons long and grand, to-night,
To my heart that would be bleaching


To thy whiteness, Cliff of Wight.

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'T is borne on the zephyr at eventide's hour;


It falls on the heart like the dew on the flower, -
An infinite essence from tropic to pole,
The promise, the home, and the heaven of Soul.


Hope happifies life, at the altar or bower,
And loosens the fetters of pride and of power;
It comes through our tears, as the soft summer rain,


To beautify, bless, and make joyful again.

The harp of the minstrel, the treasure of time;
A rainbow of rapture, o'erarching, divine;


The God-given mandate that speaks from above,-
No place for earth's idols, but hope thou, and love.



"The flowers of June
The gates of memory unbar:
The flowers of June


Such old-time harmonies retune,
I fain would keep the gates ajar, -
So full of sweet enchantment are


The flowers of June."

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Who loves not June


Is out of tune
With love and God;
The rose his rival reigns,


The stars reject his pains,
His home the clod!

And yet I trow,


When sweet rondeau
Doth play a part,
The curtain drops on June;


Veiled is the modest moon -
Hushed is the heart.



Written in childhood, in a maple grove

Quickly earth's jewels disappear;
The turf, whereon I tread,


Ere autumn blanch another year,
May rest above my head.

Touched by the finger of decay


Is every earthly love;
For joy, to shun my weary way,
Is registered above.


The languid brooklets yield their sighs,
A requiem o'er the tomb
Of sunny days and cloudless skies,


Enhancing autumn's gloom.

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The wild winds mutter, howl, and moan,
To scare my woodland walk,


And frightened fancy flees, to roam
Where ghosts and goblins stalk.

The cricket's sharp, discordant scream


Fills mortal sense with dread;
More sorrowful it scarce could seem;
It voices beauty fled.


Yet here, upon this faded sod, -
O happy hours and fleet, -
When songsters' matin hymns to God


Are poured in strains so sweet,

My heart unbidden joins rehearse;
I hope it's better made,


When mingling with the universe,
Beneath the maple's shade.



O'er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind


The power of pain,

And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed


By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
With love perfumed.

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Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life's burdens light.


I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.

And o'er earth's troubled, angry sea


I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Divinely talk.


Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,


Oh, nevermore!

From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee, -


Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.

My prayer, some daily good to do


To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.


Shepherd, show me how to go
O'er the hillside steep,


How to gather, how to sow, -
How to feed Thy sheep;

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I will listen for Thy voice,
Lest my footsteps stray;


I will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,


Wound the callous breast,
Make self-righteousness be still,
Break earth's stupid rest.


Strangers on a barren shore,
Lab'ring long and lone,
We would enter by the door,


And Thou know'st Thine own;

So, when day grows dark and cold,
Tear or triumph harms,


Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take them in Thine arms;
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,


Till the morning's beam;
White as wool, ere they depart,
Shepherd, wash them clean.


Saw ye my Saviour? Heard ye the glad sound?
Felt ye the power of the Word?


'Twas the Truth that made us free,
And was found by you and me
In the life and the love of our Lord.


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Mourner, it calls you, - "Come to my bosom,
Love wipes your tears all away,


And will lift the shade of gloom,
And for you make radiant room
Midst the glories of one endless day."


Sinner, it calls you, - "Come to this fountain,
Cleanse the foul senses within;
'T is the Spirit that makes pure,


That exalts thee, and will cure
All thy sorrow and sickness and sin."

Strongest deliverer, friend of the friendless,


Life of all being divine:
Thou the Christ, and not the creed;
Thou the Truth in thought and deed;


Thou the water, the bread, and the wine.


Written on laying the corner-stone of The Mother Church


Laus Deo, it is done!
Rolled away from loving heart
Is a stone.


Lifted higher, we depart,
Having one.

Laus Deo, - on this rock


(Heaven chiselled squarely good)
Stands His church, -
God is Love, and understood


By His flock.

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Laus Deo, night star-lit
Slumbers not in God's embrace;


Be awake;
Like this stone, be in thy place:
Stand, not sit.


Grave, silent, steadfast stone,
Dirge and song and shoutings low
In thy heart


Dwell serene, - and sorrow? No,
It has none,
Laus Deo!




Father-Mother God,


Loving me, -
Guard me when I sleep;
Guide my little feet


Up to Thee.


Father-Mother good, lovingly


Thee I seek, -
Patient, meek,
In the way Thou hast, -


Be it slow or fast,
Up to Thee.

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The Editor of The Christian Science Journal (Falmouth and St.
Paul Streets, Boston, Mass.) holds the original of most of the letters
that authenticate these.

IT is something more than a year and a half since I was
cured of a complication of diseases through reading
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Becoming at an early age disgusted with drugs, I learned
hygiene, and practised it faithfully for over twenty years;
then I began to lose all faith in its efficacy, became
greatly discouraged, and, as I had never been cured of
a single ailment, I rapidly grew worse in health. Hear-
ing of this, a dear sister brought me Science and Health.
Her admonition was, "Now read it, E - ; I have heard
that just the reading of that book has been known to heal
the sick."

I had read to, and through, the chapter on Healing and
Teaching,(1) and was so deeply interested that I began
reading that blessed chapter over again, - when I found
I was cured of my dyspepsia, that I could use my strength
in lifting without feeling the old distressing pain in my
side, and also that the pain in the kidneys only came on

(1) Page 292 of the revised edition of 1890.

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at night, waking me out of sleep. Then I began my first
conscious treatments: of course I followed no formula,
and I needed none. A cry for help, knowing it would
be answered; precious texts from the Bible, which had
already become like a new book to me; sweet assurance
of faith by the witnessing Spirit; strong logical conclu-
sions, learned from Science and Health: what a wealth
of material! Before finishing the book, all tendency to
my old aches and pains had left me, and I have been a
strong, healthy woman ever since.

My first demonstration with another than myself was
also before I had finished my first reading. My husband
was cured of the belief of bilious fever by not over ten
minutes' treatment; the fever and pain in head and limbs
disappearing in that instantaneous way as soon as I
could summon sufficient courage to offer my services in
this, to us, new but glorious work. He slept soundly
that night (the treatment was given about 10 A. M.), and
ate and worked as usual the next day, with no symptoms
of a relapse then or afterward. That was in March, 1888;
in the following August I met in one of our Rocky Moun-
tain berry patches a lady who complained so bitterly that
I felt compelled to offer her treatment. Her words, when
I visited her at her home during Christmas week, will
give some idea of the result: -

"Yes, I am doing three women's work, - attending to
my own and my son's housework, and caring for his wife
and new-born babe; but I am equal to it, when I think
of all the Lord has done for me! Why, Mrs. S., I was
cured with that first treatment you gave me, I know;
because I went out to gather berries that day and was
caught in a drenching shower, - and for ten years before

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I could not bear the least exposure without suffering
from those dreadful headaches I told you about, and
from dysentery, - but that day I had neither. I had
once been laid out for dead, - lying there perfectly con-
scious, hearing my friends grieving over me, - but I did
not want to come to, I suffered so. No, I never have any
of those ailments. I am a well, hearty woman, - and
that is not all. I had been seeking religion for more than
twenty years, but I never knew how Christians felt till I
told you I was cured that day on the camp-ground."

On the first of this year I was so blessed as to receive
a course of lessons from one of our teacher's students.
Now I am only trusting that the time will come when I
may be enabled to teach others the way of Truth, as well
as to add to the many demonstrations God has given
me. - E. D. S.

A student of Christian Science was employed in the
Massachusetts State Prison at Charlestown, to teach the
prisoners to make shoes. He carried his copy of "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and the Journal
with him, and as he had the opportunity would tell the
men what this wonderful truth could do for them, set-
ting them free in a larger and higher sense than they had
dreamed of.

We make extracts from a number of letters that one
of the prisoners has written to those who are interesting
themselves in this work.

"Editor of The Christian Science Journal: - At the
prison, once a week, there are Christian papers given
to the inmates. But none of those papers point out so

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clearly the fallibility of the mortal or carnal mind, and
the infallibility of the divine Mind, as does the teaching
of Christian Science.

"I was strangely blind and stupid. I loved sin, and
it seemed as though I never would be able to forsake it.
I did everything that would be expected of one entirely
ignorant of God.

"I also had a complication of diseases. I could not
begin to describe the medicines I have taken.

"I no longer look for material treatment, but hum-
bly seek for the divine assistance of Jesus, through the
way Christian Science has taught me. I am, indeed,
an altered man. I now have no more doubt of the
way of salvation than I have of the way to the prison

"I am very grateful to the students of Christian Science,
for the interest they have taken in me and my fellow-
prisoners. Their letters and books have been of great
profit, and in accordance with their wish I have done what
I could for the others.

"I gave the Journal to every man who would accept
it, and related my experience to those who would listen.
I told them they need go no farther than myself to see
what the demonstration was; for not only have my eyes
been healed, but many other ailments have disappeared.

"Some of the fellows told me I was becoming reli-
giously insane, but acting upon your advice, I did not stop
to argue with those opposed; and I am glad to be able to
tell you that those who expressed interest were more than
those who opposed.

"The chaplain told me I could keep Science and
Health until I got through with it. I never should

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get through with that book, but, as others were waiting
for it, I did not like to keep it too long. God bless the

"I need have no fear after leaving here; I feel that
I can make an honest living. I can honestly add, that
my bad reputation is largely due to my lack of educa-
tion. What little I do know, I learned here and in the
House of Correction. I tell you this, for I feel that I
must be honest with the kind friends who have done so
much for me.

"Providing I should not be paroled, I shall remain
here until the 24th of next December. God bless you
all. - J. C."

I am glad to tell how I was healed. Beliefs of con-
sumption, dyspepsia, neuralgia, piles, tobacco, and bad
language held me in bondage for many years. Doctors
that were consulted did nothing to relieve me, and I
constantly grew worse. Nearly two years ago a lady
told me that if I would read a book called "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures" I would be healed.
I told her I would "go into it for all it is worth," and
I have found that it is worth all. I got the book, and
read day and night. I saw that it must be true, and be-
lieved that what I could not then understand would be
made clear later.

After some days' reading I was affected with drowsi-
ness, followed by vomiting. This lasted several hours;
when I fell into a sleep, and awoke healed. The good I
have received, and that I have been able to do in healing
others, has all come from Science and Health. I received
some instructions from teachers; but they did me more

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harm than good: I asked for bread, but they gave me a
stone. I held to what I could understand of Science and
Health; and the truth does not forsake me, but enables
me to heal others.

Last February, I was called to treat a child that the
M. D.'s said was dying from lung fever; after the third
treatment the child got up and ran about, completely
healed. Another child was brought to me, with rupture;
after the second treatment the truss was thrown away.
An aged lady was healed of heart disease and chills, in
one treatment. These cases brought me many more, that
were also healed.

The husband of a lady in the State Lunatic Asylum
asked me to treat her; she had been for two years and
a half in the asylum, and though taken home in this time
once or twice, she had had to be taken back. After two
weeks of absent treatment, the husband visited her, and
the doctor reported great improvement during the pre-
ceding two weeks. At the end of another two weeks I
went with the husband to the asylum, and the doctor told
us that she was well enough to go home. The husband
asked the doctor how it was that she had improved so
rapidly, and he said that he could not account for it. We
said nothing about the Christian Science treatment, and
took the lady home. This was about a year ago, and she
has remained perfectly well.

Many cases as striking as this can be referred to in
this town, as evidence that Truth is the healer of sickness
as well as of sin. - J. B. H.

No. 1. A lady friend, who was found to have a severe
attack of dysentery, was assured that such attacks could

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be cured without medicine, and advised to take no more.
She was more than astonished at the result; for in less
than an hour all pain and other symptoms of the trouble
ceased, and she felt perfectly well the next day.

No. 2. While she was visiting relatives in the country,
an infant of theirs was attacked severely with croup,
and appeared to be on the verge of suffocation, giving
its parents much alarm. The infant was taken in
the arms of the lady, in thirty minutes was completely
relieved, went to sleep, and awoke in good health the
next morning.

No. 3. The mother of this child was subsequently
attacked with a scrofulous swelling on the neck, just
under the ear, which was very painful and disfiguring;
the side of the face, also, being badly swollen. It was
feared that this would develop into and undergo the
usual phenomenon of abscess, as other similar swellings
had done previously. She had great faith in the meta-
physical treatment, because of the experience which she
had had with her baby, and wrote a letter describing her
case. This was immediately answered, and absent
treatment was begun. In twenty-four hours after receipt
of the letter, to the astonishment of herself and family,
the tumor had entirely disappeared: there was not a
trace of it left; although the day before it was fully as
large as a hen's egg; red, and tender to the touch.

These instances are only a few of the many cures which
have been performed in this way, and they are mentioned
simply to show what good work may be done by any
earnest, conscientious person who has gained by reading
my works the proper understanding of the Principle of
Christian Science.

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What a wonderful field for enlightenment and profit
lies open to those who seek after Truth. Alas, that the
feet of so few enter it!

Rev. M. B. G. Eddy: - Will you kindly spare me a few
moments for the perusal of these lines from a stranger, -
one who feels under a debt of gratitude to you, - for,
through the divine Science brought to light by you, I have
been "made whole." I have been cured of a malignant
cancer since I began to study Christian Science, and have
demonstrated the truth of it in a number of cases. I have
only studied your good books, having been unable to take
the lectures for want of means. I dare not think of these,
for there is no prospect that I shall be in a position to
take the course at all. I do not allow myself to com-
plain, but cheerfully take up my books and study, and
feel thankful for this light.
M. E. W., Canon City, Col.

Dear Madam: - May I thank you for your book,
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and
say how much I owe to it - almost my very life - at a
most critical time . . . .

If it were not for the heat of your American summers
(I had nine attacks of dysentery in the last one), and the
expense, I should dearly like to learn from you person-
ally; but I must forego this, - at any rate, for the pres-
ent. If you would write me what the cost would be for a
course on divine metaphysics, I would try to manage it
later on.

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Meanwhile, I should be grateful if you would refer me
to any one in this country who is interested similarly,
for I get more kicks than halfpence in discussing it.
Your obliged friend, (REV.) I. G. W. BISHOP,

Bovington Vicarage, Hemel Hempstead,
Herts, England

Extract from a letter to Rev. M. B. G. Eddy

A gentleman here had hired all the most skilled doctors
in the United States - nothing helped him. He was a
ghost to look upon. I told him just to read my copies
of your books. I talked to him, told him what he could
do for himself if he but tried. He laughed at me. I was
willing he should laugh, for it was very unusual for him
to do this. He had your books two months, and last Sun-
day he returned them. I wish you could see him: he is
well. He is happy, and told me he was going to write to
you for the books for himself this week. - E. E. B.

Dear Madam: - I have been a sickly person all my
life, until a few months ago, and was confined to my
bed every little while. It was during one of many attacks
that your book, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," was handed me. I read it only a very short
time, when I arose, well, went out into the kitchen, pre-
pared a large dinner, and ate heartily of it.

I have been up and well ever since, - a marvel to my
friends and family, and sometimes they can hardly be-
lieve it is I; and feeling so grateful, I must tell you of

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it. I wish everybody in the world would read your book,
for all would be benefited by it.
Gratefully yours, ANNA M. SMITH

Dear Madam: - About seven years ago I was com-
pelled to go to an oculist and have an operation performed
upon my eyes. He fitted me with glasses, which I wore
for a considerable time, and then removed; but the pain
and difficulty returned, and I was obliged to go again to
the oculist, who advised me never to take my glasses off

I continued wearing them for fully five years longer,
until some time in last January, when, upon reading your
book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
I again took them off. Since that time, though I have been
in the courts reporting, and reading fine notes frequently,
I have experienced no difficulty with my eyes.
Very respectfully,
WILLIAM A. SMITH, Wilmington, Del.

Dear Mrs. Eddy: - We have been studying "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures" for a year, and
I cannot tell you how much it has done for us; giving us
health instead of sickness, and giving us such an under-
standing of God as we never had before. Christian
Science was our only help two weeks ago, when our baby
was born. My husband and myself were alone. I dressed
myself the next day; commenced doing my work the
third day, and am well and strong. It must be pleasing
to you to know how much good your work is doing.
KITTIE BECK, Elmwood, Cass Co., Neb.

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I was a helpless sufferer in August, 1883, and had been
so for many years. The physicians said I had cancer
of the uterus. I heard of your book, "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," bought a copy, began read-
ing it, and a great light seemed to break through the
darkness. I cried aloud in joy, "This is what I have
been hungering for, these many years!" I studied it
closely, and healed myself and several of my friends be-
fore I had taken instruction of any teacher.
MRS. S. A. McMAHON, Wyandotte, Kans.

I was healed thoroughly of the belief of chronic hepati-
tis and kidney disease, by reading "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures." I have never, to this day,
had the slightest return of it.
J. P. FILBERT, Council Bluffs, Iowa

You, dear Mrs. Eddy, have saved my life, through
Science and Health; and I feel that the patients healed
through me should give the first thanks to God and to
you. - MRS. D. S. HARRIMAN, Kansas City, Mo.

How grand your book, "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," is! It is a translation of Truth. No
amount of money could buy the book of me, if I could not
get another. No matter what suffering comes, physical
or mental, I have only to take Science and Health, and
almost invariably the first sentence brings relief. It

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seems to steady the thought. I do not think any student
old enough to neglect reading it. When we think we are
advanced far enough to let that book alone, then are
we in danger.
MRS. ELLEN P. CLARK, Dorchester, Mass.

Many thanks for the good received from your books.
When I commenced reading them, I was carrying about
a very sick body. Your books have healed me. I am
now in perfect health. People look at me with surprise,
and say they do not understand it; but when they see
the sick ones made well, they are not always willing to
believe it.
MRS. JOSEPH TILLSON, South Hanson, Mass.

Rev. M. B. G. Eddy: - I add one more testimony of
a cure from reading your book, "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures." Five years ago I lay pros-
trate with piles and inflammation of the bowels. All
the coating came off, apparently. A stricture was formed,
beyond medical reach. I then lived in Chicago; one
of the best physicians, who made a specialty of treating
piles, attended me. The pain was relieved, but my
bowels were inactive, and remained so until New Year's

I determined to trust all to God, or die before I would
take any more medicine, as I never had an action unless
I took a free dose of some laxative. If I forgot to take
the medicine one night, or allowed myself to be without
it, I had a terrible sick headache for two or three days,
and terrible backache. I never had backache at any

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other time, and the piles would be so much inflamed, in
two days' time, that I could hardly tell where I suffered
the worst.

Since I have learned to trust all to God, I have not
had the least trouble with the piles, nor one twinge of
the backache. I have an easy action of the bowels each
morning. It was five days after I resolved to leave medi-
cine alone, before a natural movement took place; and
ever since I have been perfectly regular. It was a great
effort for me to take that step, for I knew I was running
the risk of throwing myself back into all misery, and
perhaps into a worse state than before. By reading
Science and Health, I learned that God was able to save
the body as well as the soul, and I believed His promises
were for me.
MATTIE E. MAYFIELD, Des Moines, Iowa

For the Cause of Truth, I submit the following testi-
monial for publication; may it bring one more, at least,
into the fold of divine Science ! The truth, as it is stated
in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
has done much towards making our home the abiding-
place of peace and harmony. I now write of the wonder-
ful demonstration of Truth over the birth of my baby
boy, two weeks ago. Sunday, September 23, we went
for a long drive of three hours; at night I retired at the
usual hour; toward morning I was given a little warn-
ing; when I awoke at seven o'clock, the birth took place.
Not more than ten minutes after, I ate a hearty break-
fast, and then had a refreshing sleep; at ten o'clock
walked across the room while my bed was dressed; at

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twelve took a substantial dinner; most of the afternoon
sat up in bed, without any support but Truth; at six
in the evening dressed myself and walked to the dining-
room, and remained up for two hours. Next morning
I arose at the usual hour, and have kept it up ever since,
- was not confined to my bed one whole day. The
second day was out walking in the yard, and the third
day went for a drive in the morning and received callers
in the afternoon. If it had not been for the presence of
my young hopeful, it would have been hard to believe
that there had so recently been a belief of a birth in the
house; but then, I was sustained by Love, and had no
belief of suffering to take my strength away. Before
baby was two weeks old, I cooked, swept, ran the sew-
ing machine, etc., assisting with the housework gen-
erally. How grateful I am for the obstetrics of this
grand Science! Mothers need no longer listen to the
whispering lies of the old serpent, for the law of mortal
mind is broken by Truth.
MRS. DORA HOSSICK, Carrolton, Mo.

My wife and I have been healed by reading your book,
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." We
both feel very grateful to you.

Five months ago my wife gave birth to a child, with-
out pain or inconvenience, has done all the housework
since, and has been every minute perfectly well. Neither
she nor the child have been ill, - as was constantly the
case with former children, - so we have thought it right
to name the child Glover Eddy.

We have been reading Science and Health nearly

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two years, and have sold several copies to others. We
are reading the Journal also this year.
Yours respectfully, JOHN B. HOUSEL, Lincoln, Neb.

Dear Mother: - The most blessed of women! Oh,
how I long to sit within range of your voice and hear the
truth that comes to you from on high! for none could
speak such wondrous thoughts as have come from your
pen, except it be the Spirit that speaketh in you.

Two years ago last October, while laboring under a
great strain of care and anxiety in regard to financial
affairs, I heard of Christian Science. I borrowed "Sci-
ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and began
to read. I bless God that I was driven to it by such an
extremity. After reading some one hundred and fifty
pages, I was convinced that it was the truth for which
I had searched during twenty years. While I was read-
ing the chapter on Imposition and Demonstration, (1) I
was healed of endometritis and prolapsus uteri of over
twenty years' standing, pronounced incurable by emi-
nent physicians. Professor Ludlam, the dean of Hahne-
mann Medical College, of Chicago, Ill., was one of my

Before I was healed, to walk seven or eight blocks
would so fatigue me that it would take me a week to
recover. I now started out and walked, and was on my
feet all day and for several succeeding days, but felt no
weariness from my labors.

I felt, after being healed, I must have a Science and
Health of my own. I had no money to buy it, so earned

(1) Page 234, revised edition of 1890.

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it by getting subscribers for the Journal. It has gone
with me everywhere I have been. I have been well ever

I had suffered from bodily ailments, but they were
nothing compared to my mental trials. Grief, hatred,
jealousy, and revenge had well-nigh bereft me of reason.
I had lost a home of plenty, been reduced to almost abject
poverty, and had become a cheerless woman, - could
not smile without feeling I had sinned.

All my griefs and sorrows are now turned to joy, and
my hatred is changed to love. "Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." I
read Science and Health, and all your other books, to-
gether with the New Testament, every minute I can
get. - E. B. C., Omaha, Neb.

I must add one more to your great pile of letters, to
tell you what your book, "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," has done for me and my family. More
than a year ago, my husband was suffering from an injury
received about a year previous, and he went to Mrs. B. for
treatment. His shoulder had been fractured, his collar-
bone broken, and he had sustained internal injuries. Sev-
eral M. D.'s had attended him, but had given him very
little relief. Mrs. B. treated him a short time, and he
received much benefit. He bought Science and Health.
From reading it, I was cured of a belief of chronic liver
complaint. I suffered so much from headaches and con-
stipation, and other beliefs, that I seldom ever saw a well
day; but, thanks to you and divine Principle, I now
seldom ever have a belief of feeling badly.

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November 4th, last, I was confined. I was alone,
because I knew no one whose thought was in harmony
with Science. I thought I could get along without help,
and I did. My little girl was sleeping in the same room
with me, and after the birth she called a woman who
was asleep upstairs, to take care of the baby. This
woman was much frightened; but, on seeing how com-
posed I was, she got over her fright. I was sitting up
in bed, holding the child, and feeling as well as I ever
did in my life. I never had seen a Scientist nor been
treated, but got all my ideas from Science and Health.
My baby was born on Sunday morning, and I got up
Monday at noon, and stayed up. I never got along so
well with a baby as I did with this one.

I am very thankful for the knowledge of Science I
have gained through your book. I want so much to be
a Scientist; but we are very poor. My husband is a
brakeman on the railroad; and I have very little educa-
tion. There is comfort in the thought that, if I can't be
a Scientist, my children may be.
Yours with much love,
C. A. W., Lexington, Mo.

In the February Journal it appears there is some one
who says that "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" is hard to understand, and who thinks she
can explain it. Perhaps my experience with Science
and Health may help some one who might otherwise
take up this thought, and so be led away from the truth.
After reading and studying it for some time, and talking
to the Scientists I met in my travels, the thought came
to me, "Why not try these truths on yourself ?" I did

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so, and to my surprise and great joy I found immediate
relief. Dyspepsia (the trouble of most commercial travel-
lers), catarrh, and many lesser beliefs, left me, so that in
a short time I was a well man, and by no other means
than trusting to the Saviour's promises as explained in
Science and Health. This took place while I was travel-
ling about the country.

On my return home, I gave my wife treatments. In
many instances the blessing came before the treatment
was finished, and often we proved that only a thought
of the power of Truth was sufficient to give relief.

One Sunday morning, soon after my return, a friend
called and asked if I could give him anything to relieve
his wife, who, he said, had been suffering for some days
with rheumatism in her shoulder, so severely that she
could neither dress alone nor comb her hair. I told him
that the only medicine we had in the house was Chris-
tian Science. He laughed at the idea; but before he
left, he asked if I would give his wife a treatment. I
told him I was very young in Science, but if she wished
it, I would. He went home, but returned immediately,
saying she wished me to come. Then I asked help from
the fountain of Truth, and started for my first treatment
to be given away from home. When I left their room
fifteen minutes later, she was shaking her hand high
above her head, and exclaiming, "I am all right; I am
well!" That was in November, 1887, and she has had
no return of the belief since.

A friend told me that his son, twelve years old, had
catarrh so badly that his breath was very offensive, his
throat troubled him all the time, and that he had been
deaf since he had the measles. In less than three weeks

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both beliefs vanished. This was a case of absent treat-
ment. I could give you other cases, but I think I have
said enough to prove that Science and Health is not
hard to understand, for my work has all been done with-
out my ever attending class.
H. H. B., New York City

A lady, with no other instructor than "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," has demonstrated
beyond many who have taken numerous lessons. Per-
suaded, through her reading, of the allness of God, -
and the perfectness of idea, - she would know nothing
else. A daughter, so badly affected by poison oak (ivy)
that for weeks death was feared from blood-poisoning,
had recovered with a terrible dread of that plant. As
the next season's picnic time drew near, she was regret-
ting that she dared not go again. The mother, with her
new-born faith in the Science of being, said, "Certainly
you can go, for nothing can harm you." Assured by
these words, the daughter went, and in her rambles fell
into a mass of the dreaded plant; but trusting to the
word of Truth, she thought nothing of it till one who
knew of her previous trouble said, in her mother's pres-
ence, "See, her face is showing red already." But the
mother was prompt in denial and assurance. Next morn-
ing, old symptoms were out in force, but they yielded
at once and finally to the positive and uncompromising
hold on Truth. Another daughter, that was thought
too delicate to raise, from bronchial and nervous troubles,
always dosed with medicine and wrapped in flannels,
now runs free and well without either of these, winter

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and summer. The mother was recently attacked by
mesmerism from the church that believed she was in-
fluencing her daughter to leave. She overcame by the
same unwavering trust in God, seeing Truth clearer than
ever before. Her demonstrations come through no form
of treatment, but by letting the Spirit bear witness, -
by the positive recognition and realization of no reality
but ever-present good.

The other night her husband was attacked with an
old belief, similar to one that some time before had ended
in a congestive chill which the doctor thought very seri-
ous, and from which he had been a long time in recover-
ing. The wife simply recognized no reality in the belief,
and, seeing only perfect being, felt no fear. She did
nothing, - no "treating" in the usual sense. There is
nothing to do but to understand that all is harmony,
always. He felt the presence that destroys the sense of
evil, and next morning - there was nothing left to re-
cover from.

A lady, while doing some starching, thoughtlessly put
her hand into the scalding starch to wring out a collar.
Recalled to mortal sense by the stinging pain, she imme-
diately realized the all-power of God. At once the pain
began to subside; and as she brushed off the scalding
starch, she could see the blister-swelling go down till
there was but a little redness to show for the accident;
absorbed in her thankfulness, she mechanically wrung
out the collar with the same hand, and with no sense of
pain, thus verifying the demonstration. This woman
(not reading English) only knows Science as she has re-
ceived it from her practitioner during the treatments
received within the last month. So much has come to

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her from Spirit through her loyalty to Christ, in so far
as she could understand.

A case of ulcerated tooth and neuralgic belief would
only partially yield after repeated treatments, till it was
discovered that the patient was antagonizing Truth by
holding the thought that her old remedy, laudanum,
would give relief; treated from this standpoint, relief was
immediate and final.

One morning after Rev.- had been preaching to
thousands for several days, he told them that he had
never felt such a sense of depression nor had so little
showing of results. Some Scientists hearing this, at once
saw his trouble. He had been fearlessly exposing and
denouncing evil; and it had turned on him, till the mes-
merism was likely to overcome him entirely, for he did
not understand the seeming power. The effect of the
silent word to uplift and sustain, was very manifest that
evening in his preaching, and was a beautiful demon-
stration of Science. He probably only felt Spirit-inspira-
tion as he had not before, without a thought as to what
had broken the evil spell; but we never know the what,
or when, or where, of the harvest we can sow - "God
giveth the increase." - E. H. B., Sacramento

I had two German patients who were anxious to have
you publish "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures" in their language. I advised them to buy it and
try to read it. They commenced reading, and now can

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read all of Science and Health, but do not read well any
other book or paper, and they do not need to. With
great love. - M. H. P.

I sold three copies of "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures" to friends, not long ago. One of them,
fifty years of age, said to me, "I never had one day's
sickness in my life; but after reading Science and Health
I found that I was bruised and mangled, from the crown
of my head to the soles of my feet. I have been reach-
ing after something that, before reading Science and
Health, seemed to me unattainable;" and with tears
in her eyes, she rejoiced in the God of her salvation.
Did not Jesus say, "If these should hold their peace, the
stones would immediately cry out"?
P. L., Lexington, Ky.

For eight years I suffered terribly with my eyes; I
could not read fifteen minutes without the most agoniz-
ing sick headache. Oculists called it a case of double
vision, and said that the only chance for a cure lay in
cutting the muscles of the eyes. This was done, but the
pain was worse than before. One of the most famous
oculists of New York said I would simply have to endure
it for life, as it was a case of severe astigmatism.

I suffered so that my health gave way. A friend spoke
to me of Christian Science, but I scoffed at the idea.
Later on, in desperation, I asked her to lend me "Science
and Health with Key to the Scriptures," thinking I might
be able to read five minutes a day in it. I opened the

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book at the chapter on Physiology, and began. Time
passed unnoticed: every page seemed illuminated. I
said, "This is everything or nothing; if everything, then
you need no glasses." I took off the heavy ground glasses,
and went on. What a terrible headache I had the next
morning! but I fought it with the truth laid down in the
book. I said again, "This is everything or nothing,"
and the truth triumphed. The headache ceased, but I
felt miserably. I recalled what was said about chemicali-
zation, and persevered.

In four days my eyes were well; I read as many hours
a day as I pleased; my strength returned. I conquered
one belief after another, until now, strong and well, I
meet every belief with confidence. "I will fear no evil:
for Thou art with me." For two years I have realized
the peace and confidence which the knowledge that God
is all-powerful and always present alone can give. Feel-
ing a great desire to spread Christian Science, that it
may do the good to others that it has to me, not only
physically but spiritually, I ask if you have any mission-
aries in the work. Being a member of the Episcopal
Church, I have always sent what I could to help foreign
missions through that church. Will it do the most good
to continue so doing, as our foreign missionaries are de-
voted men, or have you Christian Science missionaries
who devote their lives to the work?

An answer addressed to me, or published in the Journal,
would help one who is seeking to do right.
Yours sincerely, K. L. T.

I do wish to add my testimony of being healed by
reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-

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tures." I had been an invalid for over twenty years,
and had given up all hope of ever being well again. I
had read the book about six weeks, when it seemed
I was made all over new, and I could "run, and not be
weary; and . . . walk, and not faint." I did not under-
stand it, but it was the savior from death unto life with
me; I have remained well ever since I was healed, -
more than five years ago. I commenced to treat others
as soon as I was born anew into the kingdom of Truth.
My patients were healed right along, before I had taken
lessons in a class, and they have remained well to this

Christian Science has made me as young as a girl of
sixteen. If this should meet the eye of any sufferers
who may be led to go and do as I did, they will be
healed. - N. A. E.

Language is inadequate when bearing grateful testi-
mony to the book "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures." By its simple reading, I was healed of ills
which baffled the skill of specialists and all curatives
that love and money could command. After eighteen
years of invalidism, and eight years of scepticism, with-
out hope, with no God, - except a First Cause, - I was
given up to die.

A loving friend told me of this book, which was soon
brought; and thirty-five pages of the first chapter were
read to me that evening. The next morning I got up,
walked, and read the book for myself.

I mention the chapter, for the reason that nearly two
years have passed since those wonderful words of Life

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were first read to me, and still their sacred sweetness is
ever the same. Now I exclaim, God is All!

It is impossible for me to keep still any longer. In
1885, when I had not known a well day in five years,
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" was
placed in my hands by a dear lady who insisted upon
my reading it, saying she believed it would heal me. Like
many, I was afraid of it, - until I learned what it really
was. The friend's words were verified. I was healed
by the reading of the book, and for one year continued
to read nothing whatever but the Bible and Science
and Health. They were my constant study. Through the
understanding gained, that God is All, I came to demon-
strate with great success, and with but one thought, -
for I knew nothing about giving a "treatment;" I wish
I knew as little now, for I believe that healing in Christian
Science is to be done in a moment. I became anxious to
learn more, to study with the teacher, but funds would
not allow, - and I thought to substitute a course in
Chicago, perhaps. Every time I would speak of it, how-
ever, my dear mother would say, "You have Science and
Health and the Bible, and God for your teacher - what
more do you need? If I could not go to the teacher, I
would not go to any one."

If I had only heeded the blessed counsel of Truth!

I went to Chicago, however, so full of confidence in
Christian Science that I supposed every one who had
studied with Mrs. Eddy must be right. Unfortunately,
I took my course with a spiritualist who had been through

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two of her classes; discovered my mistake, and went to
a mind-cure, - only to find the mistake repeated. Being
an earnest seeker for Truth, I tried again to go to the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College; but it was un-
certain when there would be a class, so I took a course
with one of Mrs. Eddy's students in Boston. The dark-
ness now rolled away. Science and Health once more
revealed the light to me as of old.

All this time, the mind-curers had me in view, and
were sending me reading-matter; but, praise the Lord!
Truth is victorious.

My dear brothers and sisters, let us be safely guided
by the counsels of our Mother, in Science and Health!
I, for one, am astounded that I was so led astray; but I
did it all through ignorance, - and the sincere desire to
know the truth and to do it, saved me.
Your sister in truth, R. D.

I have been reading Science and Health for one year
and a half, and have had some wonderful demonstra-
tions. People here are antagonistic to the Science, and
tell me that I am a "fit subject for the asylum." Physi-
cians threaten me with arrest, also, but I walk straight
on, knowing well in whom I trust.
E. I. R., Wauseon, Ohio

A little over two years ago, while living in Pittsburgh,
my wife and I had Christian Science brought to our at-
tention. We were at once interested, and bought a copy
of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

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At the time, Mrs. A- was suffering with severe belief
of astigmatism of the eyes. She had been treated by a
number of specialists, during seven years, the last being
the late Dr. Agnew of New York, who prescribed two
sets of glasses. He said that he could do nothing more
for her, as the trouble was organic; that she must wear
glasses constantly; that if she attempted to go without,
she would become either blind or insane. The glasses
were in operation, and still life had become a burden
from constant pain, when Christian Science came to our
relief. Mrs. A- had not in years read for two con-
secutive minutes, and could not use her eyes in sewing
at all. The lady that told us of the Science, insisted that
she could read Science and Health, which she actually
did, - reading it through twice, and studying it carefully
each time. After the second reading, there came the
thought that she did not need the glasses, and she at once
abandoned them, and went about her usual duties. In
about two weeks from that day the eyes were perfectly
healed, and are well and strong to-day.
E. G. A., New York City

My Dear Teacher: - Yours without date is at hand.
Could you know out of what depths of material débris
the first reading of the first volume of Science and Health,
six years ago last December, lifted me, you would be-
lieve it had always been "all I could ask." It was only
words from the pen of uninspired writers that gave me
pain. As the revelation of the All-good appeared to
me, all other books, all forms of religion, all methods
of healing, to my sense became void. Chronic beliefs of

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disease of twenty years' standing, dimness of sight from
the belief of age, all disappeared instantly; indeed,
material life seemed a blank. The why? I could not
explain, but this I did know, in this realm of the real I
found joy, peace, rest, love to all, unbounded, unspeak-
able. Human language had lost its power of expression,
for no words came to me; and in all this six years of bliss
I still have found no words to tell my new-found life in
God. The most chronic forms of disease have some-
times been healed instantly and without argument. With
great love and gratitude. - M. H. P.

I take great comfort in reading "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," and will cling firmly to
the light I have, knowing that more will be given me.
While in Salt Lake City, I met at the hotel a lady who
had been an invalid all her life. I talked with her about
Christian Science, and loaned her Science and Health,
together with the Journals I had with me. She had
become very much discouraged, having lost all faith
in doctors and medicine, and did not know where to
turn next. She became very much absorbed in the book,
feeling she had found salvation. She at once laid aside
the glasses she was wearing, and now reads readily with-
out them. She and her husband have accepted this truth
beautifully. - MRS. G. A. G., Ogden, Utah

On a trip through Mexico I met a woman who told me
that, although she did not believe in Christian Science,
on her way from Wisconsin, her home, she had bought

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a copy of Science and Health. When she reached M-,
she met a minister from the North, whom the M. D.'s
had sent there because of consumption, - they had given
him two months to live. She gave him Science and
Health, and while doing so, felt it was all absurd. The
minister read it, and was healed immediately. Was not
this a beautiful demonstration of the power of Truth,
and good evidence that Science and Health is the word
of God?

I had while in Mexico a glorious conquest over the
fear of smallpox. There were hundreds of cases in some
small towns where we were. After the fear was cast
out, never a thought of it as real came to me or my hus-
band, or troubled us in any way. On the street I met
three men who were being taken to the pest-house with
that loathsome disease. - F. W. C.

A lady to whom I sold "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," writes me: "My longing to know
God has been answered in this book; and with the answer
has come the healing." She is an intimate friend of
Will Carleton, the poet. This is doing much good in
the social circles. He has for a long time been interested,
but his wife has declared it could not heal, and was not
Christian. She will now be obliged to acknowledge this
healing, for the lady above referred to has been, to sense,
a great sufferer. - P. J. L.

Some of the experiences given in the Journal have
been so helpful to me, I have been moved to give to its

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readers a little experience of my own, which occurred
when I first began the study of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures."

I had already been healed of sick headache, almost
instantly, by declaring that I was God's child, and, as
God is perfect, His child must be perfect also. This had
given me great happiness, and a quiet, peaceful state of
mind I never had known before. My family did not
seem to see anything good in Christian Science, but to
me it was sacred.

One Monday morning, I awoke feeling very ill indeed.
The morning was warm and sultry. I thought I cer-
tainly could not wash that day; but when I went down-
stairs, I found my daughter had made preparations for
such work. I thought, "Well, if she feels like washing,
I will not say anything; perhaps I shall get over this."
After breakfast I went about my work, thinking I could
lean against the tub and wash with more ease than I
could do up the morning work. I tried to treat myself
as I had done before, - tried to realize that "all is Mind,
there is no matter;" that "God is All, there is nothing
beside Him," but all to no purpose. I seemed to grow
worse all the time. I did not want my family to know
how badly I was feeling, and it was very humiliating to
think that I must give up and go to bed.

All at once these questions came to me, as though
spoken by some one, taking me away from my line of
thought entirely: How is God an ever-present help?
How does He know our earnest desires? Then, with-
out waiting for me to think how, the answer came in
the same way, God is conscious Mind. Instantly the
thoughts came: Is God conscious of me? Can I be

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conscious of Him? I was healed instantly: every bad
feeling was destroyed. I could see that the morning
had not changed a particle, but I was oblivious of the
weather. It did not seem that I had anything more to
do with that washing. It was finished in good season,
while I was "absent from the body, and present with the

That was the beginning of the battle with sin and
self, but at the same time it was the dawning of the resur-
rection. Since then (over four years) I have had many
experiences, some of which seem too sacred to give to the
world. False literature has caused me much suffering;
sorrow has visited my home; but, through all this, the
light that came to me on that Monday morning - that
new and precious sense of omnipresent Life, Truth,
and Love - has never left me one moment. It was the
light that cannot be hid.
MRS. H. B. J., Cambridge, Ill.


Four years ago I learned for the first time that there
was a way to be healed through Christ. I had always
been sick, but found no relief in drugs; still, I thought
that if the Bible was true, God could heal me. So, when
my attention was called to Christian Science, I at once
bought "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
studied it, and began to improve in health. I seemed
to see God so near and so dear, - so different from
the God I had been taught to fear. I studied alone night
and day, until I found I was healed, both physically and

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Then came a desire to tell every one of this wonder-
ful truth. I expected all to feel just as pleased as
I did; but to my sorrow none would believe. Some,
it is true, took treatment and were helped, but went
on in the old way, without a word of thanks. But still
I could not give up. I seemed to know that this was
the way, and I had rather live it alone than to follow
the crowd the other way. But as time passed, I had
some good demonstrations of this Love that is our

I am the only Scientist in Le Roy, as yet, but the good
seed has been sown, and where the people once scoffed
at this "silly new idea," they are becoming interested,
and many have been healed, and some are asking about
it. One dear old lady and I study the Bible Lessons
every Tuesday afternoon. She came to call, and as we
talked, she told me of her sickness of years' standing;
and was healed during our talk, so that she has never felt
a touch of the old trouble since.

One lady, whom I had never seen, was healed of con-
sumption in six weeks' treatment. She had not left
her bed in four months, and had been given up by many

I like the Journal and Quarterly, and have many of
Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy's works, which make my little
world. I have a great desire to learn more of this Love
that casts out all fear, and to work in this Science. It is
the greatest pleasure I have, to talk this truth, as far as
I understand it, to any who will listen; and am waiting
for others to learn of this blessed Science.

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I give my experience in reading "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures" aloud to a little child. A
letter published in the Journal, written by a lady who
had relieved a two-year-old child by reading to her, first
suggested this course to me. At the time, my little one
was a trifle over a year old. I was trying to overcome
for him a claim which, though not one of serious illness,
was no small trial to me, because of its frequent occur-
rence and its seeming ability to baffle my efforts. One
day as I sat near and treated him, it occurred to me to
read aloud. I took up one of the older editions of Science
and Health lying near, began at the words, "Brains
can give no idea of God's man," and read on for two
or three paragraphs, endeavoring - as the writer suggested
- to understand it myself; yet thinking, perchance,
the purer thought of the babe might grasp the underlying
meaning sooner than I. So it proved. Before the dis-
turbance felt by me had been calmed, the weary expres-
sion on the face of the child was replaced by one of evident

When putting him to sleep, I had often repeated the
spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. One night
he was very restless, fretful, and cried a great deal,
while I seemed unable to soothe him. At last I per-
ceived that he was asking for something, and it dawned
upon me that the Prayer might be his desire. I began
repeating it aloud, endeavoring to mean it also. He
turned over quietly, and in a few minutes was sweetly

The last time my attention was specially called to
this subject, was about a year after the first experience.
Various hindrances had been allowed to keep me from

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Science and Health all day; and it was toward even-
ing when I recognized that material sense had been
given predominance, and must be put down. I soon felt
drawn to read the book. The little boy had seemed
restless and somewhat disturbed all day; but without
thinking specially of him, rather to assist in holding my
own thought, I began to read aloud, "Consciousness
constructs a better body, when it has conquered our
fear of matter." In a minute or two a little hand had
touched mine, and I looked down into a sweet face fairly
radiant with smiles. I read it over. The child was evi-
dently delighted, and was restful and happy all the rest
of the day. - A. H. W., Deland, Florida

A week ago a friend wrote to me on business, and in
the letter stated that his wife had been very ill for six
weeks. At once the thought came, "Tell her to read the
chapter on Healing, in Science and Health." In my
answer to his letter I obeyed the thought. A few days
after, I had occasion to call; found her much better, and
reading Science and Health. They had done as directed,
and had received the promise. - R., New York

The first allusion to Christian Science reached me in
an article I read on that subject. Later, a friend came
to visit me, bringing a copy of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures." For two weeks I read it eagerly;
then I sent for a copy for myself. When it came, I
began to study it. The Bible, of which I had had but
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grew brighter each day. Finally, I began to treat my-
self against ills that had bound me for twenty-eight
years. At the end of six weeks I was healed, much to the
amazement of all who knew me. From that time, my
desire was to help others out of their suffering, and to
talk this wonderful truth. After a while I took the class
lectures, and am doing what I can to spread this healing
gospel. - A. M. G.

Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy
My Dear Leader: - I will try to tell you how I was
led to Christian Science. Heretofore I have not tried to
lead a Christian life, but have always firmly believed
that if one truly desired and needed help, he would get
it from God by asking for it. I suffered, as I think but
very few have, for fourteen years; yet I did not think it
sufficient to warrant me in asking God to help me, until
I gave up all hope elsewhere, - and this occurred in the
spring of 1891. I then thought that the time had come
to commit myself to God. Being at home alone, after
going to bed I prayed God to deliver me from my tor-
ments, this sentence being the substance of my prayer,
"What shall I do to be saved?"

I repeated that sentence, I suppose, until I fell asleep.
About twelve o'clock at night, I saw a vision in the form
of a man with wings, standing at the foot of my bed, -
wings partly spread, - one arm hanging loosely at his
side, and one extended above his head. At the same
time there was a bright light shining in my room, which
made all objects shine like fire. I knew where I was,
and was not afraid. The vision (for such it was), after

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looking directly at me for some time, spoke this one sen-
tence, and then disappeared: "Do right, and thou shalt
be saved."

I immediately tried to live according to that precept,
and found relief in proportion to my understanding.
I soon after learned of Christian Science. One of my
brothers in Kansas, having been healed by it, persuaded
me to buy "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures," wherein I learned that the above precept was the
key to Christian Science; that it is Christian Science to
do right, and that nothing short of right living has any
claim to the name.

I have been learning my way in Christian Science
about one year, and have been successful in healing. I
have all of your books, and am a subscriber for the Jour-
nal and Quarterly Bible Lessons. Some of the cases
I have treated have yielded almost instantly. I am a
stranger to you, but I have told you the truth, just as it
occurred. Yours in truth,
SAM SCHROYER, Oklahoma City, Okla.

I desire to make known the great good I have re-
ceived by reading the blessed book "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures." Four years have now
passed since I began to read it. It has been my only
healer and teacher, as I never have had an opportunity
to go through a class; but I find that the "Spirit of truth"
will teach us all things if we will but practise well what
we know. After two years and a half of study, I thought,
as many beginners think, that I had travelled over the
worst part of this narrow path.

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Soon after, it came about that I was separated from
every one who had ever heard of Christian Science; and,
as I lived in the country, no one came to visit me for
about eight months. At first, I thought the Lord had
wrought a great evil. I had no one to talk to, but would
take my Science and Health every morning, before go-
ing about my work, and read; yet mortal mind would
say, "You can do no good, with no one to talk with."
At last, one morning after listening to the serpent's voice,
I looked out at the little wild flowers as they waved to
and fro; they seemed to be a living voice, and this is what
they said: "On earth peace, good will toward men."
There was also a mocking-bird that would sit on the
house and sing. For the first time, I realized that divine
Love was the only friend I needed. Soon after, I sent
the Journal to my nearest neighbor, by her little son
who came to play with my children. Afterward she
told me that when she began to read it she said to the
family, "God has sent this book to me." Calling to see
her one evening, I found her suffering from heart dis-
ease. I began talking to her about Christian Science,
and in less than an hour she declared herself healed.
She is to-day a happy woman. I would say to all suf-
fering ones, that if you will buy a copy of this wonderful
book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
by the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, and study it, and
practise its teachings, you will find it a pearl of great
MRS. FANNIE MEEKS, Bells, Grayson Co., Texas

On my arrival in New York, last July, my brother
spoke to me of "Science and Health with Key to the

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Scriptures;" and, coming in contact with a number of
Scientists, all wishing me to procure the book, I did so.
I read it through in the same manner in which I would
read any other book, to find out the contents.

Before I got to the end, having partly understood its
meaning, I began to demonstrate over old physical trou-
bles, and they disappeared. A belt that I had worn for
over twelve years, I took off, and threw overboard (being
a seafaring man).

Up to that time I had been a constant smoker, and
chewed tobacco; but I gradually lost all pleasure in it,
and now look upon it with disgust.

I was brought up in the Lutheran doctrine, and when
a boy received a good knowledge of Scripture; but I
never understood it until explained to me in Science and
Health. H. F. WITKOV,
27 Needham Road, Liverpool, England

In a letter received a few days ago from one of my
absent patients, there was such a glorious testimonial
for Science and Health that I feel as if I ought to send
it in for the pages of our Journal, trusting it may be the
means of helping many others to turn for help and com-
fort, in every emergency, to this book.

In her letter, this lady says: "A few days since, I had
quite a serious claim attack me. I left my mending, took
Science and Health and read all the afternoon and even-
ing; when all trace of the claim was gone, and I have
felt nothing of it since."

When this dear woman applied to Truth, she was a
great sufferer. Her gratitude knows no bounds. Many

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chronic ailments, which have bound her with heavy
chains for many years, are being removed one by one.
It is such a sweet privilege to lead her out of this bond-
age of flesh, for she turns with such childlike trust and
obedience to the book, and looks to that for aid in every
trial and affliction. It is beautiful to see, and is a rebuke
to some of us older in the thought, who depend so much
on personality.

She is far away, in a little country town where Science
has hardly been heard of; but she is so happy with her
book that she has no desire for other reading.

I have always tried to show her that God was with her
there as well as with us here; that in Him she possesses
all; and that with her Bible and Science and Health no
harm can befall her, for the remedy for every ill she has
at hand. - MRS. C. H. S., Woburn, Mass.

I have been an interested reader of the Journal for
some time, and thought I would contribute my mite by
giving one of my latest demonstrations in Christian

An accident occurred as follows: Officers, while hunt-
ing for a criminal in thick underbrush, fired upon each
other through mistake, and it was found that one was
shot six times; two of the bullets passing through the
abdomen, and one through the hips.

Two physicians who examined him had no hope. He
asked me to help him. I took the case. Relief came
almost instantly. I treated him for eight days; the
fifth, I heard one of three physicians, who held a private
consultation over my patient, ask him this question:

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"Mr. F- , have you not got one bit of pain?" I was
rewarded by hearing him answer, "No, sir; not the least
bit." No one else seemed to have any hope for him; but
I held firmly to the thought that God is an ever-present
help, never doubting, and Christian Science has again
won a victory. Many people call it a miracle, and it
has set them to thinking.

The harvest is now ripe and ready for the reaper. I
wish some good Christian Science teacher would come
and help us. I can help in my own way, but am not
advanced enough to lead and teach others. I have only
studied Science and Health a little over a year, and have
not been through a class yet.
S. G. SCHROYER, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I became interested in Christian Science through be-
ing healed. I had no faith in doctors, therefore would
not consult any; but felt that something must be done,
or I would soon follow a brother and sister who had
passed on with the same claim. In my extremity I thought
of the "great Physician," and took my case to Him, and
realized that He alone could help me.

A relative, finding I would not consult a doctor or
take any drug, gave me "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures" to read; saying that, although a dear
friend thought she was greatly helped by a Christian
Scientist, he himself had no faith in that kind of treat-
ment, and had no use for the book.

I had heard of the people called Christian Scientists,
and of their textbook, Science and Health, but knew
nothing about either; yet I wanted to know, and took

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the book gladly, and was soon deeply interested in it.
It was a revelation to me. Although I could only under-
stand it in part, I knew it was the truth, and the truth
was making me free. I felt that I had been bound and
in prison; and that now, one after another, the bonds
were being broken, and I was lifted into the pure air
and light of heaven. I was healed before I had read
half-way through the precious volume; for I was obliged
to read slowly, and some passages over and over again.
When I came to page 304, line 10 (47th edition), I then
and there felt that I must add my testimony, though
already there were "heaps upon heaps;" but since then,
I have tried to put the thought of those dark days away
from me, and only refer to them now in the hope that
some one who is bound may be released and brought
into the light of divine Love, which alone can heal, and
make us "every whit whole."
L. M. C., Brooklyn, N. Y.

I have been thinking for a long time that I would give
my experience in coming out of sickness into the knowl-
edge of health by reading "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures."

I was sixty years old (as we mortals count time) be-
fore I ever read one word of Christian Science. On July
2, 1890, I met a Scientist who gave me a pamphlet called
"Christian Healing," by the Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy.
At that time I was almost helpless. This lady advised
me to buy Science and Health. I did so, and tried to
read it; but my hands were so lame I could not hold it,
and I let it fall to the floor so often that it became un-
bound, and I laid it away and resumed my medicine.

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The following May, the Scientist visited in this city
again. She advised me to burn all my medicines and to
lean unreservedly on the promises of God. I took her
advice; had my book rebound in three volumes, so I
could hold it more easily, and now read it constantly,
reading nothing else. Sometimes I would suffer intensely,
then I would get a little better; then more suffering, and
so on, until August, 1891, when all pain left me. I have
had no return of it, and no disagreeable sensations of any
kind, and am perfectly well in all respects.

Surely, if we will but trust our heavenly Father, He is
sufficient for us. I hope some one of, or near, my age,
who is afflicted, may read this and take courage; for I
have demonstrated the fact that, by reading Science and
Health, in connection with the Bible, and trying to follow
the teaching therein, one in the autumn of life may be
made over new. I am so thankful to God for my great

That remark of Sojourner Truth helps me to a better
understanding of Life in God: "God is the great house
that holds all His children; we dwell in Him as the fishes
dwell in the seas." - P. T. P.

Until about one year ago, I had no thought of investi-
gating Christian Science. Previous to that time it had
been presented to me in such a way that I condemned it
as unreasonable and absurd. At that time it was pre-
sented to me in a more reasonable light. I determined
to divest myself of prejudice (as far as was possible)
and investigate it, thinking that if there was anything
in it, it was for me as well as others; that I surely needed

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it, and if I found no good in it, I could then with some
show of reason condemn it.

I had been reading Science and Health about two
weeks, when one morning I wanted my cane. It had
been misplaced; and while looking for it the thought
came to me, If all is Mind, I need no cane. I went out
without it, have not used it at all since, and do not need
it as a support; but for a time I did miss it from my
hand. I had used it for years as a support to a very
lame back.

I before went much stooped, because it pained me to
straighten up; but from the time I laid my cane aside I
straightened up, free from pain. Occasionally I have a
slight pain in my back, but it is nothing to compare with
what it had been.

In a short time after laying my cane aside, my pipe
and tobacco went out into the street and have not re-
turned. I had smoked for sixty-five years, and chewed
for fifty. I have no desire for either of them; in fact,
the smoke is offensive to me.

Many times before I had tried to quit, but the desire
for it was so strong that I would go back to it; and when
I tried to "taper off," I would make the taper end the

Many other physical claims have disappeared, and it
is a common thing for acquaintances to say when they
meet me, "You look better than I have seen you for
years; what have you been doing?" My reply is, I not
only look better, but feel better, and am better; and
Christian Science has done it.

With all this, I seem to have very little spiritual under-
standing of the truth; am endeavoring to get more, but

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it seems slow. If there is a shorter road to it than I have
found, I should like to be directed to it.
J. S. M., Joplin, Mo.

Four years ago I was healed by reading "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures." The third day,
one of my worst claims gave way. The book was full of
light, and disease vanished as naturally as darkness gives
place to light, although it was about six months before
I was entirely healed.

Seeing this truth in its purity, showed me where to
take my stand; and in defending it I have the prince of
this world to meet. Mortal mind has even called me
crazy; but what a blessing to know the nothingness of
that mind, and that divine Principle governs all its ideas,
and will place each where it belongs!

If our Master was persecuted, can his servants hope to
escape? I know in some degree what Paul meant when
he said he rejoiced in tribulations, "for when I am weak,
then am I strong."

Many claims that have baffled the skill of the physi-
cians have disappeared through my understanding of
Truth. What a blessing that we can break the bread of
Life to others, and so add to our crown of rejoicing!
S. E. R., Kansas City, Mo.

A dear little six-year old boy of my acquaintance was
invited by his teacher, with the rest of his class in kinder-
garten school, to attend a picnic one afternoon. He did
not feel that he wanted to go; seemed dumpish, and

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according to mortal belief was not well; at noon, he said
he wanted to go to sleep.

His mother took him in her lap and began to read to
him from "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures." Very soon he expressed a wish to go to the
picnic, and did go. His father, happening to pass the
place where the little ones were spending the afternoon,
and somewhat surprised to see him playing, as happy
and active as any there, called to him and asked, "How
long did you sleep?" The little fellow replied, "I did
not sleep at all; mamma read to me from Science and
Health, and I was well in a minute." - K. L. H.

One evening I was calling on a neighbor, and some-
how the subject of Christian Science came up. I asked
her what it was, and what they believed.

She then told me of a friend of hers who had become
a Christian Scientist. This friend had passed through
great sorrow and disappointment; her health had failed
her, and her cheerful disposition had entirely changed;
she could talk of nothing but her troubles, and was a
most unhappy woman. A few years ago she visited my
neighbor, who, greatly surprised at her changed appear-
ance, - for she was happy and well, - asked where her
troubles were. The reply was, "I have no troubles. I
have found true happiness; for I have become a Chris-
tian Scientist."

I became deeply interested, and asked if the students
in Clinton had public meetings on Sundays. She replied
that they had, and told me where they were.

The next Sunday, I went. All was quiet when I en-

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tered, for they were engaged in silent prayer. Soon they
repeated the spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer.
I shall never forget the impression that made on me; all
the next week I heard the leader's voice repeating the
first sentence.

I was invited to come again, and did so. One of the
ladies loaned me "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and offered to get me one; which she did
the next week. I have studied it in connection with the
Bible. I have greatly improved in health, having had
only one attack of a physical trouble which caused great
suffering, since that time, and that was a year ago.

At first, I did not think anything about being healed,
or of my physical infirmity. I only loved the sacred teach-
ing. How true, that God's word does not return unto
Him void! The words of truth that my neighbor's
friend spoke to her, were what first awakened me. If
the one who first hears it does not receive it, it goes to
some one who is ready, and it takes root and bears fruit.
MRS. G. H. I., Clinton, N. Y.

About three years ago I was near death's door with
various troubles; also, was seventy years old. I had a
desire to know something of Christian Science.

I procured the textbook, and studied it with a desire
to know the truth. At first all was dark; but light began
slowly to come, and at the end of three months I found
my physical claims all gone and my eyesight restored.
At the end of three months more, I had gained thirty-
five pounds in weight.

I had been an infidel, and the change from that came
more slowly; but now I know that my Redeemer lives,

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and I am able by divine grace to make very convincing
demonstrations. - J. S., Rudd, Iowa

For a long time I have felt that I must in some way
express my great debt of gratitude for Christian Science.
I know no better way to do so than to give an account,
through the Journal, of some of the many blessings I
have received as a result of our Leader's untiring toil
and self-sacrificing love for suffering mortals, in giving
to us the wonderful book, "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures."

When I first heard of Christian Science, about six
years ago, I was satisfied that it was the religion of Christ
Jesus, because Jesus had so plainly said, "And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall
they cast out devils; . . . they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover."

I had been a church-member since my girlhood, but
was not satisfied that my belief would take me to
heaven, as I did not have these "signs following" - and
this had always troubled me; so, when I heard that an
old acquaintance living at a distance had not only been
raised from a dying condition to health, but her life had
been changed and purified through Christian Science, I
could hardly wait to know more of this Christlike religion
which was casting out evils and healing the sick. I
searched every bookstore in the city for Science and
Health, at last found a copy, and was delighted to get hold
of it, but little realized what a treasure it was to be to me
and my household.

At first it was like Greek to me, and I could not un-

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derstand much of it, but gleaned enough to keep on
reading, and longed for some one to talk to me of it.

After I had been reading it about a year's time, I
suddenly became almost blind. I knew no Scientist to go
to, so went to physicians; they told me that my case was
hopeless, that it was certain my sight never could be
restored, and the probabilities were that I would soon be
totally blind.

I felt sure that Christian Science would help me if I
could only fully understand it; but there was no one
from whom I could ask help, that I knew of. I gave all
the time that I could use my eyes to studying Science
and Health, - which at first was not more than five
minutes two, and sometimes three, times a day; gradu-
ally my sight returned, until it was fully restored.

During this time God and the "little book" were my
only help. My understanding was very limited; but like
the prodigal son, I had turned away from the husks,
towards my Father's house, and while I "was yet a great
way off" my Father came to meet me. When this great
cloud of darkness was banished by the light of Truth,
could I doubt that Christian Science was indeed the
"Comforter" that would lead us "into all truth"?

Again I lay at the point of death; but holding stead-
fastly to the truth, knowing, from the teaching of this
precious book, that God is Life and there is no death, I
was raised up to health, - restored to my husband and
little children, all of whom I am thankful to say are now
with me in Science.

I had no one to talk with on this subject, knew no one
of whose understanding I felt sure enough to ask for
help; but I was careful from the first not to read or

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inquire into anything except genuine Christian Science,
and how thankful I am for it! Since then, I have been
through a class.

I cannot express in words what Christian Science has
done for my children, or my gratitude that the light of
Truth has come to them in their innocent childhood, -
healing all claims of sickness, and showing us how to over-
come the more stubborn claims of sin. - L. F. B.

It is a little over one year since a very esteemed friend,
of this city, invited me to partake of the heavenly manna
contained in the revelation of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures." I had, up to that time, been
for fifteen years a victim of hip-joint disease; this even-
tually confining me to my bed, where I had been ten
months when the "book of prophecy" was opened for
me. I was not long in finding the light I needed, - that
gave "feet to the lame," enabling me now to go, move,
and walk, where I will, without crutch or support of any
description, save the staff of divine Science.

In proportion as my thoughts are occupied with the
work in Science, does the peace and joy come inwardly
that transforms the blight of error externally.
T. G. K., Tacoma, Wash.

I wish to acknowledge the blessings which Christian
Science has brought to me through reading "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures." My first demon-
stration was over the tobacco habit; I had smoked for
at least fifteen years: I have now no desire for tobacco.

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I was then healed of two claims which had bound me
for ten years. My prayer is that I may be so filled with the
truth that I can carry the message to my brother man.
F. W. K., Angelica, N. Y.

I take advantage of the great privilege granted us,
to give my testimony for Christian Science through the
pages of our much loved Journal. The blessing has
been so bountiful that words can but poorly express my

A little over six years ago, a relative came from Den-
ver, Colorado, to visit us. She was a Christian Scientist,
having herself been healed of a severe claim that M. D.'s,
drugs, and climate could not relieve; and her husband
having been in the drug business, she had had a chance
to give them a fair trial.

My sister-in-law did not talk much on the subject, as
I remember; but what was better, lived the truth before
us as she realized it.

One day (a blessed day to me), I ventured to open
Science and Health, and read the first sentence in the
Preface. I closed the book, wondering what more it could
contain, this seeming to cover the whole ground. When
my sister-in-law returned to the room, I asked her if I
might read it. Her reply was, "Yes; but begin at the

That night, after all had retired, I began to read;
within forty-eight hours I destroyed all drugs, appli-
cations, etc., notwithstanding the fact that my husband
had just paid fifty dollars to a travelling specialist for
part of a treatment. With the drugs disappeared ail-

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ments of nine years' standing, which M. D.'s had failed
to relieve.

I now understand that my sudden healing was due to
my turning completely away from material methods;
for I was convinced I should never use them again. I
realized that God was my health, my strength, my Life,
therefore All. As I read Science and Health, I won-
dered why others had not discerned this truth, - physi-
cians, ministers, and others who had devoted their lives
to benefit mankind. Yes! why? Because they had
been seeking in the opposite direction to Truth, namely,
for cause and effect in matter, when all cause and effect
are mental.

I mention physicians and ministers, because one class
claims to heal disease, the other claims to heal sin; but
Christian Science heals physically and morally, - it con-
tains all; "its leaves are for the healing of the nations."
L. B. A., Memphis, Tenn.

I was for years a great sufferer. I called doctor after
doctor, getting no help. The last one, after treating me
for one year, told me he would give me one year more
to live.

One evening a near neighbor came in and asked me
to go home with her; and as it was only a few steps, I
did so.

She took up a new book, Science and Health, read me
a few chapters, and then gave me some Christian Science
tracts, which I read, and one of them I almost committed
to memory.

I bought a copy of "Science and Health with Key to

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the Scriptures," and studied it carefully. I am healed
of all those claims which troubled me so long. I was
lifted out of darkness into light.

M. J. P., Burns, Oregon

Chicago, March 19, 1894
Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy, Boston, Mass.: - I wish to
thank you for the true light that was revealed to me by
reading your book, "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and at once adopting its teaching. It was
one year ago to-day that I put on the armor, determined
never to surrender to the enemy; and you may know I
have looked forward to this day with a great deal of
pleasure, to show my friends that the Lord is constantly
with me to help overcome all evil.

Some said, when I first started in this new path, "Wait
until you get one of your stomach attacks, and you will
change your mind." For months they have waited, and
are beginning to see the truth in my actions, that speak
for themselves, and show that all is Mind.

For nearly thirty years I had been a sufferer from
throat and stomach troubles; bronchitis, dyspepsia, gas-
tralgia, and gastritis, etc., were the terms applied by
my physicians. About eighteen years of that time I was
engaged in the drug business, had constant opportunities
for consulting the best physicians, and took such medicine
as I felt assured would cure me; but only to be disap-
pointed each time.

The last few years I had been living on oatmeal crackers
and hot water; suffering more or less all the time, and
could not eat anything else without suffering intense

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pain. I felt as though I could not live many months
more, and was getting ready to give up the fight
when a dear friend and neighbor, Mrs. Corning, left
a copy of Science and Health at our home. At first I
did not care to read it; having been educated, for many
years, in the belief that medicine can cure all diseases, I
could not conceive of anything else to cure the sick.

One Sunday I had the curiosity to know something
about this Christian Science, and read Science and Health.
The more I read, the more interested I became, and
finally said to myself, "I will try it." I took a large
porous plaster and four thicknesses of flannel off my
stomach, and threw them in the corner, saying, "Now
it shall be Mind over matter; no more matter over Mind."
I filled a large basket full of bottles containing medicine,
and put it in the shed (where all medicine should be).
From that day I have eaten of everything on the table,
and all I wished. Coffee was my worst enemy, and I
had not tasted it for years without suffering untold agony.
Several days passed before I cared to drink it; then, one
morning, I told my family I would commence to use it;
I did, and have used it every day since, and don't know
that I have a stomach, as it never has caused me any
trouble since that morning.

I am happy to say I have not used a drop of any kind
of medicine, internally or externally, from that day, and
I know that all is Mind. I read the Bible and Science
and Health nearly every day, thanking the Lord for the
years of suffering which have led me to the truth as taught
by our Saviour; for I feel it was only through its victory
over the suffering that the truth could have been revealed
in my case.

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I have had some demonstrations to make over error,
but each time it becomes easier. God is ever present
and ready to help me, and I trust in Him; my faith is
planted on a rock that is immovable.
Yours truly, FRANK S. EBERHART

P. S. If you think this letter, or any part of it, will help
some one out of darkness into the light of Truth, you
are at liberty to have it published.

Having so many occupations and interruptions, I have
not found time to read "Science and Health with Key to
the Scriptures" sufficiently, but will not on that account
delay thanking you for its excellence.
HENRY W. LONGFELLOW, Cambridge, Mass.

I am an old-school practitioner; have served as surgeon
in two European wars; practised medicine for about
ten years in New York city and Brooklyn, until my health
compelled me to relinquish my profession. I became
a victim of the morphia habit, taking daily thirty grains
of that drug. My physicians declared me consumptive,
and abandoned all hopes of recovery. Shortly after
this I made the acquaintance of a student of the author
of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
who presented me with her works; and as drugs did me
no good, I stopped taking any whatever, save morphia,
without which I thought it impossible to get along, and
to my astonishment began to gain in flesh, and my am-
bition returning in proportion. I finally felt that I would
stop my loathsome habit of morphia-eating, and did so

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in one week, without any discomfort worth mentioning.
For a test I administered one fourth of a grain of morphia
to the aforesaid Scientist, hypodermically, without the
slightest physiological effect, clearly proving the existence
of metaphysical laws. I have read Science and Health
carefully, and consider my present improved health solely
due to mental influence.
OTTO ANDERSON, M. D., Cincinnati, Ohio

The profound truths which you announce, sustained
by facts of the immortal life, give to your work the seal
of inspiration - reaffirm in modern phrase the Christian
revelations. In times like these, so sunk in sensualism,
I hail with joy your voice, speaking an assured word for
God and immortality, and my joy is heightened that these
words are of woman's divinings.
A. BRONSON ALCOTT, Concord, Mass.

I was sick six years; tried many physicians and reme-
dies, but received no lasting benefit from any of them,
and concluded I must remain sick the rest of my life.
In this condition, I purchased the book "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," read it, was deeply
interested, and noticed that my health began to improve;
and the more I read the book, the better I became in
health. This I can say truly: it did more for my health
than all the physicians and remedies that I had ever
tried. - DR. S. G. TODD, 11 School St., Newburyport

I had been a nervous sufferer for nine years; had a
belief of incurable disease of the heart, and was subject

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to severe nervous prostration if I became the least weary.
I was told that if I should read your books they would
cure me. I commenced reading them: in ten days I was
surprised to find myself overcoming my nervous spasms
without the aid of medicine; and ever since then I have
been improving, and I now can walk twenty miles without
fatigue, and have been able to rise above all ailments.
Central Village, Westport, Mass.

I would inform my friends and the public, that after
twelve years of sickness I am restored to health; and,
with renewed vigor and keen enjoyment, take up the
pleasures and duties of life once more; all labor now
seems less arduous, and all happiness more perfect. To
Christian Science, as taught in "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," I am indebted for my restoration.
I can cordially recommend this book to all.

When I commenced reading "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," I could sit up but a very short
time, and could not eat the most simple food without
great distress. In a few days there was a great change,
and I have been growing better ever since.
E. D. RICHARDSON, Merrimac, Mass.

I have not been as well for years as I have been since
reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"
all of which I impute to its teaching.
(MRS.) MARY A. WILLIAMS, Freeport, Ill.

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Had been in ill-health for several years; had been
confined to my bed three months, when I got your book
and read it. At first I was unable to read it myself, and
others read it to me, and the truth revealed in your book
restored me to health.
(COL.) E. J. SMITH, Washington, D. C.

I have been perusing with great interest your work
on metaphysical Science, for the last four months, and
to great advantage; you make the path to health so plain,
that a wayfaring man, though a fool, cannot err therein.
R. I. BARKER, Bethel, Me.

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" "is
a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path;" your
missiles of Mind have battered down the illusions of sense,
allowing Life to appear an eternal monument, whose
spirited hieroglyphics, Truth and Love, unlike those cut
in marble, shall grow more luminous to consciousness as
sickness, sin and death fade out of belief.
Office of Associated Charities, Cincinnati, O.

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is
beautiful in its form of thought and expression. I have
perused it with interest. Your book tends to lead us to
new thoughts and practices in the healing art, and for
many maladies I have no doubt the treatment your ex-
cellent work introduces will be the only remedy.
(COL.) ROB'T B. CAVERLY, Centralville, Mass.

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Undoubtedly "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" is the greatest and grandest book ever pub-
lished; and that by pulpit and press it will be so ac-
knowledged, is only a question of time. Yours has,
indeed, been a pioneer work, and will be; and I believe
that you, of all the millions, are selected and chosen be-
cause of your peculiar fitness for this great work - this
grand work of opening the gates and leading the way,
that fallen humanity may follow step by step; reach up
to Christ, and be made whole! That all this should be
systematized and proven with mathematical precision, -
that there can be no guesswork or quackery, - is simply
astounding. Science and Health has given me a new
impetus heavenward.
M. A. HINKLEY, Williamsport, Pa.

The book "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures" is the most wonderful work that has been written
in the past five thousand years. I wish you could get
ten dollars per copy. I am of the opinion that I can heal
the sick on its basis, from reading the work.
H. D. DEXTER, M. D., Dundee, N. Y.

Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy's book, "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," has been duly catalogued
and placed on our shelves for use. In behalf of the trus-
tees, let me convey cordial thanks to the earnest-minded
author for this interesting contribution. My own idea
is, that the power of Mind or Spirit is supreme in char-
acter, and destined to supremacy over all that is adverse
to divine order. WILLIAM H. KIMBALL,
Librarian New Hampshire State Library

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I am reading the work, "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," for the third time; and I am
convinced of the truth of the Science of which it treats,
- instructing us how to attain holiness of heart, purity
of life, and the sublime ascendency of soul over body.
C. CLEMENT, McMinnville, Warren Co., Tenn.

I was sick for a number of years with what some of
the most skilful physicians pronounced an incurable
disease. The more I tried to get help, the worse I be-
came, until a life of pain and helplessness seemed un-
avoidable. Two years ago I heard of "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," began reading it
and trying to live up to its teachings. At first, my be-
liefs were so strong I made but little progress; but grad-
ually my disease gave way, and finally disappeared, and
to-day I am a well woman. I cannot express the grati-
tude I feel for what the light shining through the teachings
of that book did for me.
(MRS.) EMILY T. HOWE, Norway, Me.

I have been reading "Science and Health with Key
to the Scriptures," and feasting-like a starving, ship-
wrecked mariner, on the food that was to sustain him
- on truths which ages to come will appreciate, under-
stand, and accept. Many of the theories which at first
appear abstruse and obscure, at length become clear and
lucid. The candle of intellect requires occasional snuff-
ing to throw the clear light of penetration on the page.
(MRS.) S. A. ORNE, Malden, Mass.

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The mother of a little girl about eight years old told
me her child was having a severe attack of cold, and
was delicate and easy to take cold. I told her the little
girl would be all right; not to give her any medicine, but
read Science and Health to her. When I next saw the
mother, she told me the little girl was entirely well; that
the cold had all disappeared, and with it a claim of night-
sweats that the child had been under for more than a
year. The little girl had been out sliding down-hill in
the snow a number of times; had her feet very wet, but
it did not affect her at all. They were all pleased, -
especially the child; her face was beaming with hap-
piness and smiles. This is just one little instance of the
good that comes from reading Science and Health.
T. W. H.


This is, perhaps, the most remarkable book on health,
in some respects, which has appeared in this country.
The author evidently discards physiology, hygiene, mes-
merism, magnetism, and every form of medication, bath-
ing, dieting, etc., - all go by the board; no medicine,
manipulation, or external applications are permitted;
everything is done through the mind. Applied to cer-
tain conditions, this method has great value: even the
reading of the author's book has cured hopeless cases.
The author claims that her methods are those used by
Christ and his apostles, and she has established a church
and school to propagate them. - Herald of Health, N. Y.
(M. L. HOLBROOK, Publisher)

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The Christian Scientists claim that the power of heal-
ing is not lost, and have supported that claim by induc-
ing cures astonishingly like those quoted from the New
Testament. And even more good they hope to achieve,
as this power which they possess is better understood
and the new light gains strength in the world. Experi-
ence has taught us that the nearer we approach to the
source of a report of miraculous power, the smaller does
the wonder grow. In the instance of the Christian Sci-
entists, the result has been rather the reverse; if third
parties have related a remarkable circumstance, the person
of whom the fact was alleged has been found to make
the assertion still stronger. - Boston Sunday Globe

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by
Mary Baker G. Eddy, President of the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College, is a remarkable publication,
claiming to elucidate the influence of mentality over
matter. Mrs. Eddy announces herself as the discoverer
of this metaphysical Science, and receives students, to
whom she imparts so much of her metaphysics as their
minds are capable of receiving. The volumes are a
vigorous protest against the materialism of our modern
scientists, Darwin, Huxley, Tyndall, etc. Her Science
of Mind was first self-applied: having been ill and treated
by doctors of the various schools without benefit, she
discovered the grand Principle of all healing to be God,
or Mind. Relying on this Principle alone, she regained
her health, and for the last sixteen years has taught
this theory to others, and has healed the sick in all cases
where the patient's mentality was sufficiently strong to

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understand her teachings and act upon them. - Brooklyn

The book "Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
tures" is certainly original, and contains much that
will do good. The reader will find this work not influ-
enced by superstition or pride, but striking out boldly,
- full of self-sacrifice and love towards God and man. -
Christian Advocate, Buffalo, N. Y.

The doctrines of "Science and Health with Key to
the Scriptures" are high and pure, wholly free from
those vile theories about love and marriage which have
been so prevalent among the spiritualists. This new
sect devotes itself to a study of the Bible, and a practice
of curing disease without mesmerism or spiritualism. It
treats Darwin and materialists with a lofty scorn. -
Springfield Republican

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is
indisputably a wonderful work. It has no equal. No
one can read the book and not be benefited by it in mind
and body. The work is endorsed by some of the best
men of the age. - Star-Spangled Banner

We shall watch with keen interest the promised results
of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."
The work shows how the body can be cured, and how

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a better state of Christianity can be introduced (which
is certainly very desirable) . It likewise has a hard thrust
at spiritualism; and, taken altogether, it is a very rare
book. - Boston Investigator

The author of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," which is attracting much attention, shows
her ability to defend her cause with vigor. - Boston
Weekly Journal

(By permission)


My Dear Friend H.: - Your good letter of the 26th
ult. came duly to hand several days ago, and I am not
greatly surprised at its contents. You say, in substance,
that you procured the book, "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures," which I recommended, and
that to your surprise and disgust you found it to be a
work on faith-cure, and ask by what process of reason-
ing I could possibly bring myself to adopt or accept
such visionary theories. In answer to your very nat-
ural question, I will try, in my own way, to give you
what appears to me to be a reason for the hope that is
in me.

My religious views of fifteen years ago are too famil-
iar to you to need any exposition at my hands at this
time. Suffice it to say that the religion of the Bible,
as taught by the churches, to my mind appeared to be

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self-contradictory and confusing, and their explanations
failed to explain. During the next eleven years my
convictions underwent little change. I read everything
that came in my way that had any bearing upon, or
pretended in any degree to explain, the problem of life;
and while I gained some knowledge of a general nature,
I was no nearer the solution of life's problem than when
I began my investigations years ago, and I had given
up all hope of ever being able to come to a knowledge
of the truth, or a satisfactory explanation of the enigma
of life.

In all my intellectual wanderings I had never lost my
belief in a great First Cause, which I was as well satis-
fied to call God as anything else; but the orthodox ex-
planations of His or its nature and power were to my
mind such a mixture of truth and error, that I could not
tell where fact left off and fancy began. The whole ef-
fort of the pulpit being put forth, seemed directed to the im-
possible task of harmonizing the teachings of Jesus Christ
with the wisdom of the world; and the whole tendency
of our religious education was to befog the intellect and
produce scepticism in a mind that presumed to think
for itself and to inquire into the why and the wherefore.
I fully believe that the agnosticism of yourself and my-
self was produced by the futile attempt to mix and har-
monize the wisdom of the world with the philosophy of
the Christ.

In my investigations into the researches of the savants
and philosophers I found neither any satisfactory expla-
nation of things as they seemed to exist, nor any solu-
tion of the great and all-absorbing question, "What is
Truth?" Their premises appeared to be sound, and

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their reasonings faultless; but in the nature of things,
no final conclusion of the whole matter could be reached
from premises based wholly on material knowledge.
They could explain "matter" and its properties to their
own satisfaction, but the intelligence that lay behind or
beyond it, and which was manifested in and through it,
was to them as much of a mystery as it was to the hum-
blest of God's creatures. They could prove pretty con-
clusively that many of the generally accepted theories
had no basis in fact; but they left us as much in the
dark regarding Life and its governing Principle as had
the divines before them.

About four years ago, while still in the mental condi-
tion above indicated, my attention was called to what at
that time appeared to me to be a new phase of spiritism,
and which was called by those who professed to believe
in it, Christian Science. I thought that I had given some
attention to about all the isms that ever existed, and that
this was only another phantasm of some religionist lost
in the labyrinths of mental hallucination.

In my reflections at that time it seemed to me that
life was an incomprehensible enigma; that the creator
had placed us on this earth, and left us entirely in the
dark as to His purpose in so doing. We seemed to be
cast upon the ocean of time, and left to drift aimlessly
about, with no exact knowledge of what was required of
us or how to attain unto the truth, which must certainly
have an existence somewhere. It seemed to me that in
the very nature of things there must be a great error
somewhere in our understanding, or that the creator
Himself had slipped a cog when He fitted all things into
their proper spheres. That there had been a grand mis-

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take somewhere I had no doubt; but I still had doubt
enough of my own capabilities and understanding to be-
lieve that the mistake, whatever it was, was in me and
not in the creator. I knew that, in a fair measure at
least, I had an honest desire to live aright, as it was given
me to see the right, and to strive to some extent to do the
will of God, if I could only know certainly just what it

While in this frame of mind, I inwardly appealed to
the great unseen power to enlighten my understanding,
and to lead me into a knowledge of the truth, promising
mentally to follow wherever it might lead, if I could only
do so understandingly.

My wife had been investigating Christian Science to
some extent, but knowing my natural antipathy to such
vagaries, as I then thought them, had said very little to
me about it; but one day, while discussing the mysteries
of life with a judge of one of our courts, he asked me
whether I had ever looked into the teachings of the Chris-
tian Scientists. I told him that I had not, and he urged
me very strongly to do so. He claimed to have investi-
gated their teachings, and said that he had become a
thorough believer in them. This aroused my curiosity,
and I procured the book called "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures," and read it. Before read-
ing very far in it, I became pretty thoroughly nauseated
with what I thought the chimerical ideas of the author,
but kept on reading, - more because I had promised to
read the book than because of interest in its teachings;
but before I had gotten through with it, I did become
interested in the Principle that I thought I discovered
the author was striving to elucidate; and when I got

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through it, I began again and reread it very carefully.
When I had finished reading this book the second time,
I had become thoroughly convinced that her explana-
tion of the religion taught by Jesus Christ, and what
he did teach, afforded the only explanation which, to
my mind, came anywhere near harmonizing and making
cohesive what had always seemed contradictory and
inexplicable in the Bible. I became satisfied that I had
found the truth for which I had long been seeking, and
I arose from the reading of the book a changed man;
doubt and uncertainty had fled, and my mind has never
been troubled with a serious doubt upon the subject from
that day to this.

I do not pretend to have acquired the power it is claimed
we may attain to; but I am satisfied that the fault is in
me, and not in the Principle. I think I can almost hear
you ask, What! do you believe in miracles? I answer
unhesitatingly, Yes; I believe in the manifestations of
the power of Mind which the world calls miraculous;
but which those who claim to understand the Principle
through which the works are done, seem to think not
unnatural, but only the logical result of the application
of a known Principle.

It always did seem to me that Truth should be self-
evident, or at least susceptible of unmistakable proof, -
which all religions seemed to lack, at least in so far as I
had known them. I now remember that Jesus furnished
unmistakable proofs of the truth of his teachings, by his
manifestations of the power of Mind, or, as some might
call it, Spirit; which power he plainly taught would be
acquired by those who believed in the Principle which he
taught, and which manifestations would follow as signs

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that an understanding of his philosophy had been reached.
It does seem to me, that where the signs do not follow
professing Christians which Christ said should follow
them, there must be something wrong, either in his teach-
ings or their understanding of them; and to say the
least, the foundations of their faith require a careful re-
examination, with a view to harmonizing them with the
plain teachings of the Christ in whose footsteps they
profess to follow.

I never could understand how God could be ever-pres-
ent as a personal Being, but I think I can and do under-
stand how divine Principle can pervade every thing and

I never could understand how heaven could be a place
with gorgeous fittings, but I think I can and do under-
stand how it might be a spiritual (or if you please mental)
condition. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God cometh
not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here!
or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within

"Knowledge (or understanding) is power." Since
adopting the views of life as set forth in "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures," I have seen proofs
of what can be accomplished through a knowledge of the
truth, which to my mind amount to demonstrations, and
which no longer seem incredible, but which I do not ask
another to accept upon my statements. Every one must
see or feel for himself in order to be convinced; but I
am satisfied that any who will lay aside their preconceived
notions, and deal honestly with themselves and the light
they have, will come to a knowledge of the truth as illus-
trated in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ; that is,

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that Mind, or Soul, or whatever you may be pleased to
call it, is the real Ego, or self, and that mortal mind with
its body is the unreal and vanishing, and eventually goes
back to its native nothingness.

Truth is, and ever has been, simple; and because of
its utter simplicity, we in our pride and selfishness have
been looking right over it. We have been keeping our
eyes turned toward the sky, scanning the heavens with
a far-off gaze in search of light, expecting to see the
truth blaze forth like some great comet, or in some ex-
traordinary manner; and when, instead of coming in
great pomp and splendor, it appears in the simpleness
of demonstration, we are staggered at it, and refuse to
accept it; our intellectual pride is shocked, and we are
sure that there has been some mistake. Human nature
is ever the same. The Jews were looking for something
transcendently wonderful, and the absence of it made
the Christ, Truth, to them a stumbling-block. It was
foolishness to the Greeks, who excelled in the worldly
wisdom of that day; but in all ages of the world it has
ever been the power of God to them that believe, not
blindly, but because of an enlightened understanding.

I always did think that there was something beautiful
in the philosophy of life as taught by Jesus Christ, but
that it was impracticable and not susceptible of applica-
tion to the affairs of life in a world constituted as this
appeared to be. As I now view it, that belief was the
result of ignorance of the real power that "moves the
universe," - too much faith in matter or effect, and not
enough in Mind or cause, which is God.

To one who can accept the truth that all causation is
in Mind, and who therefore begins to look away from

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matter and into Mind, or Spirit, for all that is real and
eternal, and for all that produces anything that is last-
ing, the doubts and petty annoyances of life become
dissolved in the light of a better understanding, which
has been refined in the crucible of charity and love; and
they fade away into the nothingness from whence they
came, never having had any existence in fact, being only
the inventions of erring human belief.

Read the teachings of the Christ from a Christian Science
standpoint, and they no longer appear vague and mysti-
cal, but become luminous and powerful, - and, let me
say, intelligible.

It is true, as you intimate, that this theory of life is
much more generally accepted by women than by men,
and it may be true that as a rule their reasoning is much
less rigid in its nature than that of the sterner sex, and
that they may be liable to scan their premises less keenly;
but may it not also be true, that they are of finer texture
and more spiritual in their natures, and that they may
be just as likely to arrive at the truth through their in-
tuitions, in connection with their logic, as we are through
the more rugged courses? If it be true that man is the
more logical, the fallibility of our own reasonings very
frequently becomes painfully apparent even to ourselves,
and they are therefore not the safest gauge by which to
judge others.

I believe, myself, that when it comes to standing up
for Truth in the face of the world, and possibly at the
sacrifice of position and popularity, women possess the
necessary courage in a much greater degree than do

I had not intended to weary you with such a long

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letter, but after getting into the subject, I hardly knew
where to stop. As an old and loved friend, I have given
you a glimpse of my inner life, because I hardly knew
how to explain my mental condition to you in any other
way. . . .

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