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The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany | Part 2


Christian Scientists are flocking from all over the
world to Boston to-day, as they have been for several
15 days past and will be for several days to come, to attend
the June meetings of The Mother Church and the dedica-
tion of the new temple.
18 The headquarters was thrown open to visitors this
forenoon in Horticultural Hall, corner of Huntington
and Massachusetts Avenues. It is in charge of G. D.
21 Robertson, and here the visitors will receive all information
concerning rooms and board, hotels, railroads, etc. There
is here also a post-office to which all mail may be directed,

and telegraph and telephone service.

[Boston Evening Transcript]



Special trains and extra sections of trains are due to
arrive in Boston to-night, bearing the first instalments of
the crowds of Christian Scientists from the central and

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1 western sections of this country. Those from abroad
and from the far West to a large degree are already in
3 Boston. From now until Saturday night the inrush will
be from the sections within two or three days' ride, and
no doubt the night trains of Saturday will bring con-
6 siderable numbers of belated church members from New
York and elsewhere who will arrive in this city just about
in time for the first Sunday service.

[Boston Evening Transcript]


The Christian Scientists are here in force, and they are

12 very interesting and agreeable visitors, even to those who
are unable to accompany them in their triumph of mind
over matter. Boston is indebted to them for one of the
15 finest architectural achievements in this or any other city,
and other denominations might profit by their example of
paying for their church before dedicating it. It is a monu-
18 ment to the sincerity of their faith; and the pride and
satisfaction that is not only evident from their addresses
but reflected in their faces, is justifiable. They are an
21 intelligent and a happy appearing body, and even if those
outside are unable to believe that they have escaped from
the bondage of the material world, it would be idle to
24 attempt to deny them the satisfaction that springs from
a belief in such emancipation. Our present relations with
them are as the guests of the city, and as such they are


Within two weeks we have had here the representatives
of the two poles of healing, the material and the mental,


and each is interesting, one for its hopefulness and the
other for its novelty. Whatever opinions we may enter-

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1 tain of the value of the latter, we cannot well withhold
our respectful acknowledgment of its enthusiasm, its

energy, and its faith in its fundamentals. Its votaries
are certainly holding the centre of the stage this week.

[Boston Globe]


Yesterday was a busy day at the headquarters of the
Christian Scientists in Horticultural Hall. They poured

9 into the city from every direction and most of them
headed straight for Horticultural Hall, where they were
assigned rooms in hotels or lodging-houses, if they had
12 not already been provided for. So perfect have been all
the preliminary arrangements for the handling of a great
number of visitors that there has not been the slightest
15 hitch in the matter of securing accommodations. And
if there was it would not make much difference, for these
people would take it all very good-naturedly. They
18 do not get excited over trifles. They are very patient and
good-natured. Crowded as the hall was yesterday, and
warm as the day was, there was not the slightest evidence

of temper, no matter how far they had travelled or what
discomforts they might have endured in their travels.

[Boston Evening Transcript]


According to the custom of the Christian Scientists, the
big addition to The Mother Church will be dedicated


to-morrow free from debt. No church has ever yet been
dedicated by this denomination with any part of the
expense of its construction remaining unprovided for, and

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1 it went without saying that the same practice would be
followed with this new two-million-dollar edifice, the
3 largest of them all. Up to within ten days the notices
that more money was needed had been in circulation,
and new contributions were constantly being received;
6 but on June 2 it became evident to the Board of Direct-
ors that enough money was on hand to provide for the
entire cost of the building, and the formal announcement
9 was made that no more contributions to the building fund
were needed. That it was received with rejoicing by the
thousands of church members and their friends only feebly

expresses the gratification.

A similar decision was reached and published at the
time of the dedication of The Mother Church in 1895, all

15 of which goes to show the earnestness and loyalty which
Christian Scientists manifest in the support of their
church work, and which enables them to dedicate their
18 churches free of debt without exception. The estimated
cost of the extension of The Mother Church was pledged
by the members assembled in their annual church meeting

in Boston, in 1902, and all contributions have been

[New York Herald]


There will be dedicated in Boston to-morrow the
first great monument to Christian Science, the new two-

27 million-dollar cathedral erected by the devotees of a
religion which twenty-seven years ago was founded in
Boston by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy with a membership

of twenty-six persons.

The new structure, which is now completed, has for

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1 months been the cynosure of all eyes because of its great
size, beautiful architecture, and the novelty of the cult
3 which it represents. This temple is one of the largest in
the world. It has a seating capacity of over five thousand.
In this respect it leads the Auditorium of Chicago. Be-
6 side it the dome of the Massachusetts State House, which
is the leading landmark of Boston, pales into insignificance,
as its dimensions are only half as great.
9 From all over the world Christian Scientists are rapidly
gathering in this city to participate in the most notable
feature in the life of their cult. From beyond the Rockies,
12 from Canada, from Great Britain, and practically every
civilized country, daily trainloads of pilgrims are pouring
into Boston, and it is estimated that not less than twenty-

five thousand visitors will participate in the dedication.

[New York World]


18 Over the heads of a multitude which began to gather at
daybreak and which filled the streets leading to the mag-
nificent temple of the Christian Science church, there
21 pealed from the chimes a first hymn of thanksgiving at
six o'clock this morning. It was dedication day, and
Christian Scientists from all quarters of the globe were

present to participate in the occasion.

It was estimated that nearly forty thousand believers
had gathered in Boston. Word was conveyed to them that

27 the temple would open its doors absolutely free of debt,
every penny of the two million dollars required to build
the imposing edifice in the Back Bay district having

been secured by voluntary subscription.

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1 The seating capacity of the temple is five thousand,
and in order that all might participate in the dedication,

six services, identical in character, were held during the
morning, afternoon, and evening.

The worshippers saw an imposing structure of gray

6 stone with a massive dome rising to a height of two
hundred and twenty-four feet and visible from every
quarter of the city. The multitude passed through the
9 twelve entrances beneath a series of arches in the sev-
eral façades. They looked upon an interior done in soft
gray with decorative carvings peculiarly rich and im-

pressive. The seating is accomplished in a semi-circular
sweep of mahogany pews and in triple galleries.

The offertory taken at the beginning of the services


found every basket piled high with bank-notes, everybody
contributing, and none proffering small change.

At the close of the Lesson-Sermon, and in accordance

18 with the custom of the Christian Science church, the
entire congregation knelt in silent communion, followed
by the audible repetition of the Lord's Prayer. One of
21 the remarkable features of the services was the congre-
gation singing in perfect unison. The acoustic properties
of the temple, in spite of its vast interior, were found to

be perfect.

[Boston Globe]


27 No mere words can convey the peculiar impressiveness
of the half past twelve service; the little children, awed by
the grandeur of the great room in which they were seated,

drinking in every word of the exercises and apparently
understanding all they heard, joining with their shrill

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1 voices in the singing and responsive reading, and then, at
the last, kneeling for silent communion before the pews, in

absolute stillness, their eyes closed and their solemn little
faces turned upward.

[Norfolk (Neb.) Tribune]


To those who seem to see no good in Christian Science,
it must stagger their faith not a little to read the account

9 of the dedication of the vast temple located in the heart
of the city of Boston, the supposed fountain of knowledge
and seat of learning of America; the spectacle of thirty
12 thousand people assembling to gain admission to the
temple shows an enthusiasm for Christian Science seldom
witnessed anywhere in the world on any occasion; and
15 this occurred in staid old Boston, and the fact was heralded
in flaming headlines in the leading newspapers of the
world. According to the despatches, that assembly was
18 not a gathering of "the vulgar throng;" the intelligence
and wisdom of the country were there. There certainly
must be something more than a fad in Christian Science,

which was placed upon a far higher pedestal by that
demonstration than it ever occupied before.

[Boston Herald]


Quietly, without a trace of fanaticism, making their
remarkable statements with a simplicity which sprang


from the conviction that they would be believed, scores of
Christian Scientists told of cures from diseases, physical
and mental, at the testimony meetings that marked the

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1 close of their visit to Boston; cures that carried one back
to the age of miracles. To hear prosperous, contented
3 men and women, people of substance and of standing,
earnestly assure thousands of auditors that they had been
cured of blindness, of consumption in its advanced stages,
6 of heart disease, of cancer; that they had felt no pain
when having broken bones set; that when wasted unto
death they had been made whole, constituted a severe tax

upon frail human credulity, yet they were believed.

Meetings were held in the extension of The Mother
Church, in the extension vestry, in the old auditorium

12 of The Mother Church, in The Mother Church vestry,
Horticultural Hall (Exhibition Hall), Horticultural Hall
(Lecture Hall), Jordan Hall, Potter Hall, Howe and

Woolson Halls, Chickering Hall.

At each of the meetings the introductory services were
identical, consisting of hymns, an appropriate reading

18 from the Bible, and selections from "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Mary Baker
21 Fifteen thousand Scientists crowded into the auditorium
of the extension of The Mother Church, into the old
church, into Horticultural Hall, Jordan Hall, Potter Hall,
24 Woolson Hall, and Chickering Hall, and it took ten
meetings to accommodate the great throngs who wanted
to give testimony or who wanted to hear it. And when
27 these places had all been filled, there were many hundreds
waiting vainly in the streets. A few were upon the scene
as early as three o'clock in the afternoon to secure seats

in the main body of the church, where the largest meeting
was held, and long before seven the auditorium was com-
fortably filled.

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1 Upon entering The Mother Church one was immediately
struck with the air of well-being and of prosperity of the
3 great congregation. The Scientists fairly radiate good
nature and healthy satisfaction with life. No pessimistic
faces there! So ingrained is this good nature, so complete
6 this self-abnegation, that at the very height of fervor, when
bursting with a desire to testify to the benefits and the
healing power of the faith, one of them would pause and

laughingly give precedence to another who had been the
first to catch the Reader's eye.

When Mr. McCrackan announced at the main meet-

12 ing that they were ready to receive testimony, up
leaped half a dozen Scientists. They had been told to
name, before beginning, the places where they lived.
15 "Indianapolis!" "Des Moines!" "Glasgow!" "Cuba!"
"Dresden!" "Peoria!" they cried. No more cosmo-
politan audience ever sat in Boston.
18 Those who poured out their debts of gratitude for ills
cured, for hearts lifted up, spoke simply and gratefully,
but occasionally the voices would ring out in a way there
21 was no mistaking. In those people was the depth of
sincerity, and, when they sang, the volume of holy song
rose tingling to the great dome, swelling as one voice.

It was a practical demonstration of the Scientist claims,
a fitting close to a memorable week.

If an attempt were made to give any account of the

27 marvellous cures narrated at the meetings of the Scien-
tists, or wherever two or more of them are met together,
it would be impossible to convey a conception of the

fervor of belief with which each tells his or her experi-
ence. These are tales of people of standing and of
substance, professional men, hard-headed shrewd busi-

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1 ness men. Yet they all have the same stories of their
conversion, either through a cure to themselves or to

one near and dear to them.

[Boston Herald]


6 For a while this morning it looked as though all the
Christian Scientists who have been crowding Boston
the last week were trying to get away at the same
9 time. Hotels, boarding-houses, and private houses
were disgorging trunks and smaller articles of baggage
so fast that it was a matter of wonder where there

could be secured express wagons enough to accommo-
date the demand.

At the dedicatory services of The Mother Church

15 extension on Sunday, and at the sessions of the annual
meeting, Tuesday, it was the pride of the Church Direct-
ors that the edifice was emptied of its crowds in some-
18 thing like ten minutes. It would seem that this ability
to get away when the entertainment is over is a dis-
tinguishing characteristic of Christian Scientists, for at
21 noon to-day [June 14] the indications were that Boston
would be emptied of its twenty thousand and more vis-
itors by midnight to-night.
24 Transportation facilities at the two stations were taxed
to the utmost from early morning, and trains pulled out
of the city in double sections.
27 Although the Scientists came to Boston in such numbers
and are departing with such remarkable expedition, their
going will not be noticeable to the residents of Boston,

except perhaps those living in the streets leading directly

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1 to Horticultural Hall. This fact will be due to the
custom Christian Scientists have of never going about
3 labelled. Ordinarily the holding of a great convention
is patent to every one residing in the convention city.
Up at Horticultural Hall the one hundred and fifty
6 members of the local arrangement committee wore tiny
white, unmarked buttons, for their own self-identification,
otherwise there has been no flaunting of badges or
9 insignia of any kind. Christian Scientists frequently
wear a small pin, but this is usually hidden away in
the laces of the women's frocks, and the men go

entirely unadorned.

Therefore, with the exception of the street-car men
and policemen, who will doubtless have fewer questions

15 as to locality to answer, and the hotel and restaurant
keepers, who will have time to rest and sleep, the pub-
lic at large will scarcely realize that the Scientists have



[Boston Daily Advertiser]

21 The meeting of the Christian Scientists in this city
naturally takes on a tone of deserved satisfaction, in view
of the announcement, which has just been made, that the
24 two million dollars needed for the construction of the new
temple has been raised even before the building itself has
been completed.
27 The thirty thousand visitors have other evidences of
the strength and growth of their organization, which has
made steady gains in recent years. But of this particu-

lar example of the readiness of the members to bear
each his or her share of the necessary expense of church

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1 work, the facts speak more plainly than mere assertion
could. Nothing is more of a drag on a church than a
3 heavy debt, the interest on which calls for practically all
the resources of the institution. Many a clergyman can
testify from his own experience how a "church debt"
6 cramps and retards and holds back work that would
otherwise be done. It is a rule in some denominations
that a church edifice may not be formally dedicated until

it be wholly free from debt. And the experience of many
generations has affirmed its wisdom.

[Boston Herald]

12 Boston is the Mecca for Christian Scientists all over the
world. The new temple is something to be proud of. Its
stately cupola is a fitting crown for the other architec-

tural efforts in that section of the Back Bay.

[Boston Evening Record]

Boston is near to another great demonstration of the

18 growth of the Christian Science idea in numbers, wealth,
vigor, and faithful adherence. It is a remarkable story
which the gathering here tells. Its very magnitude and
21 the cheerful optimism and energy of its followers im-
press even the man who cannot reconcile himself to
the methods and tenets of the sect. Its hold and

development are most notable.

[Boston Post]

The gathering of Christian Scientists for the dedication


of the beautiful structure on Falmouth Street, which is
to take place on Sunday, is notable in many ways. It

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1 is remarkable in the character of the assembling mem-
bership, in its widely international range, and in the

significance of the occasion.

The growth of this cult is the marvel of the age. Thirty
years ago it was comparatively unknown; one church

6 and a mere handful of members measured its vogue.
To-day its adherents number probably a million, its
churches have risen by hundreds, and its congregations

meet in Europe and in the antipodes, as from the Atlantic
to the Pacific on this continent.

One does not need to accept the doctrines of Mrs.

12 Eddy to recognize the fact that this wonderful woman
is a world power. This is conclusive; it is conspicu-
ously manifest. And here in Boston the zeal and
15 enthusiasm of the followers of this creed have been
manifested in the building of a church structure which
will hold place among the architectural beauties of the


[Boston Herald]

Another glory for Boston, another "landmark" set

21 in the illustrious list for future generations to reverence
and admire! The Science church has become the great
centre of attraction, not merely for its thousands of wor-
24 shippers, but for a multitude of strangers to whom this
historic city is the Mecca of their love and duty. Last
Sunday it was entirely credible that the spirit of faith
27 and brotherhood rested on this structure, which is abso-
lutely unique in its symmetrical and appropriate design.
Aside from every other consideration, this church, with

its noble dome of pure gray tint, forming one of the
few perfect sky-lines in an American city, is doubly

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1 welcomed. Henceforth the greeting of admiring eyes,
too often unaccustomed to fine architectural effects, will

be constant and sincere.

As Boston has ever loved its golden State House
dome, so will it now find pleasure in this new symbol,


brooding elevation, guarding as it were, embracing as it
may be, the hosts of a new religion.

[Boston Globe]

9 Thousands of Christian Scientists have been pouring
into Boston in the past few days to be present at the
dedication yesterday of their new two-million-dollar
12 church, and to take part in the subsequent ceremonies and
exercises. Not only was every cent of the estimated cost
contributed before the actual work was completed, but
15 the treasurer of the building fund of the great temple
appealed to his brethren to give no more money, since he
had enough. This must be regarded as an extraordinary
18 achievement, and one which indicates plainly enough the
generosity of the devotion that the Christian Scientists
maintain towards their church.

[Boston Post]

The dedication of the edifice of the Christian Scientists
on the Back Bay has proved one of the most interest-


ing and in some of its aspects the most notable of such

The attendance at the ceremonies yesterday was re-

27 markable, probably unprecedented, as regards numbers.
Not even the great size of the auditorium could accom-
modate the throng of participants. At each of the iden-

tical services, repeated at intervals from early morning

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1 until the evening, the attendance was greater than the
building could contain. And the transportation facilities

of the town have been strained to their utmost to care
for the multitudes going and coming.

The temporary increase of the population of Boston has

6 been apparent to the most casual observer. And so, we
think, must be the characteristics of this crowd of visitors.
It is a pleasant, congenial, quietly happy, well-to-do,
9 intellectual, and cheerfully contented multitude that has
invaded the town. There are among them visitors of
title and distinction, but one does not notice these unless
12 they are pointed out. The impression created is that of
a great gathering of people we like to know and like to
have here.
15 We congratulate these comfortable acquaintances upon
the fact that they have their costly church fully paid for,
and we feel that Boston is to be congratulated upon the

acquisition of an edifice so handsome architecturally.

[Boston Herald]

I do not think I have ever seen more cheerful looking

21 groups of people than I have met in Boston during the
past few days. Their happy faces would make sunshine
on the grayest day. If Christian Science gives such
24 serene, beautiful expressions, it would not be a bad thing
if all the world turned to the new religion. There is one
thing about it: it is certainly imbued with the spirit of
27 unselfishness and helpfulness, and, whatever one's special
creed may be, there is nothing antagonistic to it in this
doctrine of health, happiness, and in the cheerful doing

of good.

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[Montreal (Can.) Gazette]

3 Twenty thousand Christian Scientists have assembled
at Boston to attend the opening of their great new
temple. Christian Science, as now before this conti-
6 nent, is the development of a short lifetime. It shows
strength in all parts, and among classes above the aver-
age in intelligence.

[Concord (N. H.) Monitor]

The dedication, Sunday, in Boston, of the new Mother
Church of the Christian Science faith was a ceremonial of

12 far more than usual ecclesiastic significance. The edifice
itself is so rich in the architectural symbolisms of aspira-
tion and faith, its proportions are so large, and its accom-
15 modations are so wide, that its dedication abounds in
remarkable external manifestations which must arrest
public attention. But externals constitute the smallest
18 feature of the Christian Science faith, and this beau-
tiful temple, striking as are its beauties, is only a slight
and material development in evidence of that beauty and
21 serenity of faith, life, and love which finds its temple in
the heart of all that increasing host who have found the
truths of Christian Science to be a marvellous revelation

given to this generation by a noble and devoted woman,
to whom they rightfully turn with respect and affection.

[Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle]


The stoutest enemies of Christian Science will confess
at least an aesthetic debt to that great and growing cult,
which is implied in the building of a great church in Bos-

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1 ton. This church is one of the largest and seemliest in
America, and in its size, if not in its aspect, it may be
3 held to symbolize that faith which is so much a faith
that all facts inhospitable to it are deemed by its pro-
fessors not to exist at all. The building is of light stone,
6 with a dome over two hundred and twenty feet high, a
chime of bells, and one of the largest organs in the world.
The architect has joined lightness and grace to solidity,
9 and the edifice needs only an open space about it, such
as one finds in the English cathedrals, to achieve its
extreme of beauty. A sect that leaves such a monument

has not lived in vain.

A remarkable thing in this building is that, although
it cost two million dollars, it is not blanketed with debts

15 and mortgages. Everything, even to the flagstones in
front of it, is paid for, and subscriptions are not solic-
ited. Here is an occasion for joy that marks it as dif-
18 ferent from almost all other of the Christian churches,
where petitions for money are almost as constant as
petitions for divine mercy.

[Denver (Col.) News]

The dedication of the new Mother Church of the
Christian Scientists in Boston is not a matter of interest

24 to that city alone, but to the nation; not to the nation
alone, but to the world; not to this time alone, but to
27 The growth of this form of religious faith has been one of
the marvels of the last quarter century. It is, in some
respects, the greatest religious phenomenon of all history.

That a woman should found a religious movement of
international sway; that its followers should number

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1 many thousands during her lifetime; that hundreds of
great buildings should be filled at every meeting Sun-
3 days or on week-days with devout worshippers, wooed
by no eloquence of orator or magnetic ritual, - all these
things are new, utterly new, in the history of religious


Unaccountable? Hardly so. Whatever else it is, this
faith is real and is given very real tests. Thousands upon

9 thousands believe that it has cured them of diseases many
and diverse. All the passionate love for life with which
nature endows the children of men, grips hold of their
12 faith and insures fidelity in pain or death for self or dear
ones. But, while health-seeking is the door to this gospel
for many, it is not the only source of appeal. A faith
15 which teaches that hate is atheism, that discord is poison-
ous, that gloom is sin, has a mission that can be readily
grasped by sick or well.
18 The world is enormously richer for this reincarnation of
the old, old gospel of "on earth peace, good will toward

[Terre Haute (Ind.) Star]

The dedication of The Mother Church of Christian
Science at Boston, with its paid-up cost of two million

24 dollars and its tremendous outpouring of eager commu-
nicants from all over the civilized world, is an event of
impressiveness and momentous significance. The historic
27 place of Mrs. Eddy as the Founder of a great denomination
can no longer be questioned, and the sources of her power
and following can be readily apprehended. Prominent

among these is the denomination's peculiar department of
healing, the efficacy of which to some extent is established

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1 beyond cavil. The immense membership of the body is
proof positive that it supplies these persons, most of
3 whom were already nominal Christians, something they
did not find in other communions. It affords refutation
of the notion that spiritual and mystic mediation has
6 been drowned out in this so-called commercial age. The
Christian Scientists set a good example to other denomi-
nations in requiring their church edifices to be fully paid
9 for before they are dedicated. It is to be said for Chris-
tian Science that no person's spiritual aspirations were
ever deadened or his moral standards debased through
12 its agency. Its communicants are cheerful and shed
sunshine about them - no insignificant element in true
15 [Lafayette (Ind.) Journal]

The dedication of a Christian Science temple at Boston
serves to call attention to one of the most remarkable
18 religious movements that this country or any other country
has ever known. It has not been very many years since
Christian Science was announced as a discovery of Mary
21 Baker Eddy of Concord, N. H. The few thousand persons
who followed Mrs. Eddy during the first years of her
preaching were the objects of much ridicule, but despite
24 the obstacles put in the way the church has continued to
grow. Its growth in numbers is remarkable, but even
stranger is its increase in wealth. The temple which has
27 just been dedicated at Boston cost two million dollars,
and is one of the finest places of worship in the world,
at least it is the largest in New England. This Mother

Church is absolutely free from debt. After but a few
years, Christian Science has congregations in every im-

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1 portant town and city of the United States. Of course
the new idea will never have determined its real position
3 in the doctrines of the world until it has stood the test of
time. But its beginning has been impressive, and that
large numbers of intelligent men and women should be

converted to it makes it appear that Science cannot
be brushed aside by ridicule alone.

[Springfield (Mass.) Republican]

9 The prodigious convention of Christian Scientists in
Boston is a portent worthy of perhaps even more interest
than it has evoked in that city, where a new temple to
12 Isis and Osiris would be hardly more than a day's wonder.
With the swift growth of the new faith the public has in
a general way been familiar; it is but a few years ago that
15 the astonishing revelation was made that since 1890 its
following had increased from an insignificant number to
hundreds of thousands, a rate at which every other sect in
18 the country would soon be left behind. But mere statistics
give a feeble impression in comparison with so huge and
concrete a demonstration as the dedication of this vast
21 temple. The statistics have been ridiculed by the hostile
as mere guesswork, but one cannot sneer away the two-
million-dollar stone edifice or the thirty thousand wor-

shippers who entered its portals Sunday.

[Rochester (N. Y.) Post Express]

There are two things to be said in favor of Christian


Science. Its growth has been wonderfully rapid, and due
apparently to nothing save the desire in the human heart
for some such comfort as it promises. Christian Scientists,

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1 as a class, so far as the writer knows them, are happy,
gentle, and virtuous. They are multiplying without
3 efforts at proselytizing; they are in no wise at war with
society; and they have little of the spirit of bigotry. The
dedication of their great church in Boston is a material
6 evidence of their prosperity; and it may be said that if
their opinions seem visionary, there is nothing in them
to attract any class save the moderately well-to-do, the
9 intelligent, and the well-behaved. It has been said
cynically that a religion prospers according to the pledges
which it holds out to its votaries; and though Christian
12 Science promises nothing in the way of gratifying the
passions or attaining dominion over others, yet it has
rare lures for weary hearts, - physical health and spiritual


[Topeka (Kan.) Daily Capital]

Those of us who do not accept the doctrine of Christian

18 Science are possibly too prone to approach it in a spirit
of levity, too often disposed to touch upon it with the
tongue of facetiousness. Too often we see only its ridic-
21 ulous phases, attaching meanwhile no importance to
the saneness and common sense which underlie many of
the practices in its name. And many of us have missed

entirely its tremendous growth and the part it has come
to play in the economy of our social and religious life.

To those of us who have overlooked these essentials of


its hold upon the public, certain statistics brought to light
by the great meeting of the church now being held in
Boston will come in the nature of a revelation. In 1890

the faith had but an insignificant following. To-day its

30 adherents number hundreds of thousands, and if the

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1 growth continues in like proportion through another
decade every other sect will be left behind in the race for
3 numerical supremacy. The figures given out by the
church itself have been ridiculed by the hostile as mere
guesswork, but some of the evidence appears in the con-
6 crete and cannot be combated. "One cannot sneer away
the two-million-dollar stone edifice or the thirty thousand
worshippers who entered its portals Sunday," says the
9 Springfield Republican. Neither can we overlook the
steady, consistent growth of the sect in every commu-
nity in which it has found a foothold. In the adherence
12 of its converts to the faith, and in the absence of dissent
among them in the interpretation of its tenets, there is
also much to convince the skeptic.

[Albany (N.Y.) Knickerbocker]

The remarkable growth and the apparent permanency
of Christian Science were noted in the recent dedication in

18 Boston of the magnificent new temple of the cult. When
the doors were opened to the public, the structure was free
from debt. While the dedicatory services were being
21 held at different hours of the day, forty thousand Chris-
tian Scientists from every State in the Union and from
many foreign countries were in attendance.
24 Although Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science,
was not in attendance, she sent greetings in which she
declared that the "crowning ultimate" of the church
27 "rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above
the work of men's hands, even the outcome of their
hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance -

the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness."

But a few years ago, men there were who predicted that

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1 Christian Science would soon be included among the cults
which flourish for a time like a green bay-tree, and are
3 then forgotten. Those predictions have not been verified.
The church which has been built upon the tenets first
presented by Mrs. Eddy is being constantly strengthened

by members who represent the intelligence of many
communities in different parts of the world.

[Mexican Herald, City of Mexico, Mex.]

9 The dedication of the magnificent Christian Science
church in Boston has brought that cheerful and pros-
perous body of believers before the press gallery of com-
12 mentators. They have built a huge church, which has
cost them about two million dollars, and it has a dome
which rivals that of the famous old Massachusetts State
15 House. During the great assembly of forty thousand
Christian Scientists in Boston they were described in the
newspapers of the Hub as a contented and well-dressed

body of people.

The faith of these people is certainly great. They go
about telling of miracles performed in this twentieth cen-


tury when "advanced" clergymen of other denominations
are avowing their disbelief in the miraculous.

The higher critics and the men of science may think

24 they can banish faith in the supernatural, but no religion
of growth and vitality exists without faith in the things

[Sandusky (Ohio) Star-Journal]

It is doubtful if, since the days of the primitive Chris-
tians, there has been such a wonderful demonstration of


religious faith and enlightened zeal as that exhibited at

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1 Boston, Sunday, when forty thousand Christian Scientists
from all parts of the world assembled to participate in
3 the dedication of the extension of The Mother Church
of that denomination. These people were of the highest
order of intelligence, many of them prominent figures in
6 the social and business world, and none of them afflicted
with the slightest trace of fanaticism. The gathering
can in no sense, save one, be compared with those of
9 Mecca and the Hindu shrines, where fanaticism domi-
nates everything else. The one point of resemblance is
that the Christian Scientists are thoroughly in earnest
12 and take joy in attesting their faith in the creed of the
church of their choice. It is a faith based upon rea-
son, and reached only through intelligent and unbiased

study and comparison with other creeds.

A remarkable feature, perhaps the most remarkable, of
the gathering was the generosity of its adherents towards

18 their church. The building they were in Boston to dedi-
cate cost approximately two million dollars. Members
were invited to contribute what they could to pay for it.
21 The money was sent in such quantities that before the day
set for the dedication arrived the fund was full to over-
flowing and the members were asked to quit giving.

[Peoria (Ill.) Journal]

It is the custom to sneer at Christian Science, but it is
evident that the cult will soon be beyond the sneering

27 point. The dedication of what is known as The Mother
Church extension in Boston, the other day, was attended
by people from all parts of the United States. And they

were people of intelligence.

The fact is that Christian Science just goes a little

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1 beyond what almost every one is inclined to admit. The
best physicians now admit the power of mind over matter.
3 They believe that firm faith on the part of a sick per-
son, for instance, will go far towards making the patient
well. These same physicians, however, ridicule the idea
6 of a patient getting well without the use of medicine.
It has yet to be shown that of the sick who abjure
medicine a larger proportion have died than among
9 those who were medically treated. The Journal has
kept no books on the subject, and is not a Christian
Scientist, but believes that if the figures could be given

they might show that the Scientists have a little the
advantage so far as this goes.

[Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Neb.]

15 Zion's Herald, a rather bitter critic of Mrs. Eddy and
her cult, speaks of "the audacious, stupendous, inex-
plicable faith of this well-dressed, good-looking, emi-
18 nently respectable, evidently wealthy congregation in
their teacher and her utterances." The opening of the
new Mother Church of the Christian Science faith
21 at Boston has opened the eyes of the country anew to
the growth of the new church and the zeal of its

[Athol (Mass.) Transcript]

The Christian Scientists who descended upon Boston
to the number of forty thousand last week to dedicate the

27 new temple, just built at a cost of two million dollars, have
mostly departed, but Boston has not yet recovered from
the effects produced by that stupendous gathering. The

incidents witnessed during the week were calculated to

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1 impress the most determined skeptic. Forty thousand
people truly make up a mighty host, but these, it is de-
3 clared, are but a twentieth of the Christian Science army
in this country to-day, and this is the wonderful growth
of less than a score of years. Christian Science may be
6 anything that its foes try to prove it to be, but that mag-
nificent church, holding five thousand people, dedicated
free from debt, and the centre of an enthusiasm and rever-
9 ence of worship such as religious annals hardly parallel
in modern times, is a tangible reality, and critics who
seek the light must have done with scoffs and jeers if

they would deal with the phenomenon with any effect.

[Portland (Ore.) Telegram]

The last issue of the Christian Science Sentinel contains

15 a rather remarkable announcement to the effect that
friends were requested to send no more money for the
building of the church which was recently dedicated at
18 Boston. This structure cost about two million dollars,
and all of the funds required to build it were raised in a
little less than three years. It was dedicated absolutely
21 free of debt, and no member of the church anywhere,
in this country or elsewhere, was asked to contribute a
dollar. Contributions were entirely voluntary. No re-
24 sort was had to any of the latter-day methods of raising
money. The record is one of which any church might
well be proud.

[Portland (Me.) Advertiser]

The erection in Boston of the two-million-dollar church
of the Christian Scientists and its dedication free from


debt has been a wonderful achievement, but as our con-

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1 temporary, the Boston Times, comments, it is but one of
the marvellous, great, and really good things that this
3 sect is doing. It says: "A faith which is able to raise
its believers above the suffering of petty ills; a religion
that makes the merry heart that doeth good like a
6 medicine, not a necessity, but a pleasure and an essen-
tial; a cult able to promote its faith with so great an
aggregation of good and beneficial works, is welcomed

within our midst and bidden Godspeed."

[Denver (Col.) Republican]

Christian Scientists are a remarkably optimistic body

12 of people, and it must be said in their behalf that they
are enthusiasts whenever their form of religion is con-
cerned. They have recently built a splendid cathedral in
15 Boston, seating five thousand people, at a cost of two
million dollars, and when it was dedicated there was not a
cent of indebtedness left. Thirty thousand of the faith,
18 coming from all parts of the world, attended the dedicatory
exercises, and the press reports state that the contribution
baskets when passed around were literally stuffed and

jammed with money.

Less than a generation ago there was not a Christian
Science church in the land. To-day there are hundreds

24 of such churches. The denomination has grown with a
rapidity that is startling, and the end is not yet.

[Bridgeport (Conn.) Standard]
27 Facts and figures are stubborn things, and ignore them
as we may their existence points out their meaning and
leaves no choice but the acceptance of them at their

face value. The recent dedication of a Christian Science

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1 temple in Boston has inevitably brought out in connection
with the event some of the facts and figures belonging to
3 it, which are as remarkable in their aggregate as they are
unmistakable in their trend. The temple recently dedi-
cated at Boston cost about two million dollars and is
6 therefore the property of no poverty-stricken sect. On
the Sunday of the dedication, thirty thousand worshippers
were present in the building, coming from all, or nearly

all, parts of the country, and representing a vast number
of the followers of the cult.

It is only twenty-five years, or thereabout, since the

12 Christian Science sect made its appearance as a dis-
tinctive organization among religious bodies, but its
members are numbered by thousands to-day, and they

are very generally of a class who are reputable, intelli-
gent, and who think for themselves.

Part II



1 IN the midst of the imperfect, perfection is reluctantly
seen and acknowledged. Because Science is unim-

peachable, it summons the severest conflicts of the ages
and waits on God.

The faith and works demanded of man in our textbooks,

6 the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and the proof of the practicality of this faith
and these works, show conclusively that Christian Science
9 is indeed Science, - the Science of Christ, the Science of
God and man, of the creator and creation. In every age
and at its every appearing, Science, until understood, has
12 been persecuted and maligned. Infinite perfection is
unfolded as man attains the stature of man in Christ
Jesus by means of the Science which Jesus taught and
15 practised. Alluding to this divine method, the Psalmist
said: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine
a vain thing?"
18 I have set forth Christian Science and its application
to the treatment of disease just as I have discovered
them. I have demonstrated through Mind the effects
21 of Truth on the health, longevity, and morals of men;
and I have found nothing in ancient or in modern sys-
tems on which to found my own, except the teachings

and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives
of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only

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1 authority. I have had no other guide in the strait and
narrow way of Truth.
3 Jewish pagans thought that the learned St. Paul, the
Mars' Hill orator, the canonized saint, was a "pestilent
fellow," but to-day all sorts of institutions flourish under
6 the name of this "pestilent fellow." That epithet points
a moral. Of old the Pharisees said of the great master
of metaphysics, "He stirreth up the people." Because
9 they could find no fault in him, they vented their hatred
of Jesus in opprobrious terms. But what would be
thought to-day of a man that should call St. Paul
12 a "pest," and what will be thought to-morrow of him
who shall call a Christian Scientist a "pest"? Again,
what shall be said of him who says that the Saviour

of men, the healer of men, the Christ, the Truth, "stir-
reth up the people"?

It is of the utmost concern to the world that men

18 suspend judgment and sentence on the pioneers of
Christianity till they know of what and of whom these
pioneers speak. A person's ignorance of Christian Sci-
21 ence is a sufficient reason for his silence on the subject,
but what can atone for the vulgar denunciation of that
of which a man knows absolutely nothing?
24 On November 21, 1898, in my class on Christian Science
were many professional men and women of the highest
talents, scholarship, and character in this or any other
27 country. What was it that brought together this class
to learn of her who, thirty years ago, was met with the
anathema spoken of in Scripture: "Blessed are ye, when

men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake"? It
was the healing of the sick, the saving of sinners, the works

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1 even more than the words of Christ, Truth, which had
of a verity stirred the people to search the Scriptures and
3 to find in them man's only medicine for mind and body.
This AEsculapius, defined Christianly and demonstrated
scientifically, is the divine Principle whose rules demon-

strated prove one's faith by his works.

After my discovery of Christian Science, I healed con-
sumption in its last stages, a case which the M.D.'s,

9 by verdict of the stethoscope and the schools, declared
incurable because the lungs were mostly consumed. I
healed malignant diphtheria and carious bones that could
12 be dented by the finger, saving the limbs when the sur-
geon's instruments were lying on the table ready for their
amputation. I have healed at one visit a cancer that had
15 eaten the flesh of the neck and exposed the jugular vein
so that it stood out like a cord. I have physically restored
sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb,

and have made the lame walk.

About the year 1869, I was wired to attend the patient
of a distinguished M.D., the late Dr. Davis of Manchester,

21 N. H. The patient was pronounced dying of pneumonia,
and was breathing at intervals in agony. Her physician,
who stood by her bedside, declared that she could not live.
24 On seeing her immediately restored by me without mate-
rial aid, he asked earnestly if I had a work describing
my system of healing. When answered in the negative,
27 he urged me immediately to write a book which should
explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics.
In the ranks of the M.D.'s are noble men and women,

and I love them; but they must refrain from persecuting
and misrepresenting a system of medicine which from
personal experience I have proved to be more certain

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1 and curative in functional and organic diseases than any
material method. I admonish Christian Scientists either
3 to speak charitably of all mankind or to keep silent, for
love fulfils divine law and without this proof of love
mental practice were profitless.
6 The list of cases healed by me could be made to include
hopeless organic diseases of almost every kind. I name
those mentioned above simply to show the folly of believ-
9 ing that the immutable laws of omnipotent Mind have not
power over and above matter in every mode and form, and
the folly of the cognate declaration that Christian Science
12 is limited to imaginary diseases! On the contrary, Chris-
tian Science has healed cases that I assert it would have
been impossible for the surgeon or materia medica to cure.
15 Without Mind, man and the universe would collapse;
the winds would weary, and the world stand still. It is
already proved that Christian Science rests on the basis of
18 fixed Principle, and overcomes the evidence of diseased
sensation. Human mentality, expressed in disease, sin,
and death, in tempest and in flood, the divine Mind calms

and limits with a word.

In what sense is the Christian Scientist a "pest"? Is it
because he minds his own business more than does the

24 average man, is not a brawler, an alcohol drinker, a
tobacco user, a profane swearer, an adulterer, a fornicator,
nor a dishonest politician or business man? Or is it
27 because he is the very antipode of all these? In what
sense is the Christian Scientist a charlatan? Is it because
he heals the sick without drugs?

Our great Exemplar, the Nazarene Prophet, healed
through Mind, and commanded his followers to do like-
wise. The prophets and apostles and the Christians in

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1 the first century healed the sick as a token of their Chris-
tianity. Has Christianity improved upon its earlier
3 records, or has it retrograded? Compare the lives of its
professors with those of its followers at the beginning of
the Christian era, and you have the correct answer.
6 As a pertinent illustration of the general subject under
discussion, I will cite a modern phase of medical practice,
namely, the homoeopathic system, to which the old school
9 has become reconciled. Here I speak from experience.
In homoeopathy, the one thousandth attenuations and
the same triturations of medicine have not an iota of the
12 drug left in them, and the lower attenuations have so
little that a vial full of the pellets can be swallowed without
harm and without appreciable effect. Yet the homoe-
15 opathist administers half a dozen or less of these same
globules, and he tells you, and you believe him, that
with these pellets he heals the sick. The diminishing of
18 the drug does not disprove the efficiency of the homoeo-
pathic system. It enhances its efficiency, for it identifies
this system with mind, not matter, and places it nearer the
21 grooves of omnipotence. O petty scorner of the infinite,
wouldst thou mock God's miracles or scatter the shade of
one who "shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"?
24 If, as Scripture declares, God made all that was made,
then whatever is entitled to a classification as truth
or science must be comprised in a knowledge or under-

standing of God, for there can be nothing beyond
illimitable divinity.

The homoeopathist handles in his practice and heals the


most violent stages of organic and inflammatory diseases,
stops decomposition, removes enteritis, gastritis, hyper-
aemia, pneumonia, diphtheria, and ossification - the effects

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1 of calcareous salts formed by carbonate and sulphate of
lime; and the homoeopathic physician succeeds as well in
3 healing his cases without drugs as does the allopath who
depends upon drugs. Then is mind or matter the intelli-
gent cause in pathology? If matter, I challenge matter
6 to act apart from mind; and if mind, I have proved beyond
cavil that the action of the divine Mind is salutary and
potent in proportion as it is seen to act apart from matter.
9 Hence our Master's saying, "The flesh profiteth nothing."
The difference between metaphysics in homoeopathy and
metaphysics in Christian Science consists in this forcible
12 fact: the former enlists faith in the pharmacy of the
human mind, and the latter couples faith with spiritual
understanding and is based on the law of divine Mind.
15 Christian Science recognizes that this Mind is the only
lawgiver, omnipotent, infinite, All. Hence the divine
Mind is the sovereign appeal, and there is nothing in

the divine Mind to attenuate. The more of this Mind
the better for both physician and patient.

Ignorance, slang, and malice touch not the hem of the

21 garment of Christian Scientists, for if they did once touch
it, they would be destroyed. To be stoned for that which
our Master designated as his best work, saying, "For

which of those works do ye stone me," is to make known
the best work of a Christian Scientist.

Finally, beloved brethren in Christ, the words of the

27 New York press - "Mrs. Eddy not shaken" - are valid.
I remain steadfast in St. Paul's faith, and will close with
his own words: "Christ is the head of the church: and he

is the saviour of the body."

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1 MATTER is but the subjective state of mortal mind.
Matter has no more substance and reality in our
3 day-dreams than it has in our night-dreams. All the way
mortals are experiencing the Adam-dream of mind in
matter, the dream which is mortal and God-condemned
6 and which is not the spiritual fact of being. When this
scientific classification is understood, we shall have one
Mind, one God, and we shall obey the commandment,

"Love thy neighbor as thyself."

If nineteen hundred years ago Christ taught his fol-
lowers to heal the sick, he is to-day teaching them the

12 same heavenly lesson. Christ is "the same yesterday,
and to-day, and forever." "God is Love," the ever-
operative divine Principle (or Person, if you please) whose
15 person is not corporeal, not finite. This infinite Person
we know not of by the hearing of the ear, yet we may
sometimes say with Job, "But now mine eye [spiritual

sense] seeth Thee."

God is one because God is All. Therefore there can
be but one God, one Christ. We are individually but

21 specks in His universe, the reflex images of this divine
Life, Truth, and Love, in whom "we live, and move,
and have our being." Divine metaphysics is not to

be scoffed at; it is Truth with us, God "manifest in the
flesh," not alone by miracle and parable, but by proof;

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1 it is the divine nature of God, which belongs not to a
dispensation now ended, but is ever present, casting out

evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead - resurrect-
ing individuals buried above-ground in material sense.

At the present time this Bethlehem star looks down

6 upon the long night of materialism, - material religion,
material medicine, a material world; and it shines as of
yore, though it "shineth in darkness; and the dark-
9 ness comprehended it not." But the day will dawn and
the daystar will appear, lighting the gloom, guiding the
steps of progress from molecule and mortals outward and

upward in the scale of being.

Hidden electrical forces annihilating time and space,
wireless telegraphy, navigation of the air; in fact, all the

15 et cetera of mortal mind pressing to the front, remind me
of my early dreams of flying in airy space, buoyant with
liberty and the luxury of thought let loose, rising higher
18 and forever higher in the boundless blue. And what of
reality, if waking to bodily sensation is real and if bodily
sensation makes us captives? The night thought, me-
21 thinks, should unfold in part the facts of day, and open
the prison doors and solve the blind problem of matter.
The night thought should show us that even mortals
24 can mount higher in the altitude of being. Mounting
higher, mortals will cease to be mortal. Christ will have
"led captivity captive," and immortality will have been

brought to light.

Robert Ingersoll's attempt to convict the Scriptures of
inconsistency made his life an abject failure. Happily,


the misquoting of "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," or quoting sentences or paragraphs torn from
their necessary contexts, may serve to call attention to

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1 that book, and thus reveal truths which otherwise the
reader would not have sought. Surely "the wrath of man

shall praise Thee."

The nature and truth of Christian Science cannot
be destroyed by false psychics, crude theories or modes

6 of metaphysics. Our master Metaphysician, the Galilean
Prophet, had much the same class of minds to deal with
as we have in our time. They disputed his teachings on
9 practically the same grounds as are now assumed by many
doctors and lawyers, but he swept away their illogical
syllogisms as chaff is separated from the wheat. The
12 genuine Christian Scientist will tell you that he has found
the physical and spiritual status of a perfect life through
his textbook.
15 The textbook of Christian Science maintains primitive
Christianity, shows how to demonstrate it, and through-
out is logical in premise and in conclusion. Can Scien-
18 tists adhere to it, establish their practice of healing on
its basis, become successful healers and models of good
morals, and yet the book itself be absurd and unscientific ?
21 Is not the tree known by its fruit? Did Jesus mistake
his mission and unwittingly misguide his followers? Were
the apostles absurd and unscientific in adhering to his

premise and proving that his conclusion was logical
and divine?

"The scientific statement of being" (Science and Health,

27 p. 468) may irritate a certain class of professionals
who fail to understand it, and they may pronounce it
absurd, ambiguous, unscientific. But that Christian

Science is valid, simple, real, and self-evident, thousands
upon thousands attest with their individual demonstra-
tions. They have themselves been healed and have

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1 healed others by means of the Principle of Christian
Science. Science has always been first met with denun-
3 ciations. A fiction or a false philosophy flourishes for a
time where Science gains no hearing. The followers of the
Master in the early Christian centuries did just what he
6 enjoined and what Christian Science makes practical to-
day to those who abide in its teachings and build on its
chief corner-stone. Our religious denominations interpret
9 the Scriptures to fit a doctrine, but the doctrines taught
by divine Science are founded squarely and only on the
12 "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" is not
inconsistent in a single instance with its logical premise
and conclusion, and ninety-nine out of every hundred
15 of its readers - honest, intelligent, and scholarly - will
tell you this. The earnest student of this book, under-
standing it, demonstrates in some degree the truth of its
18 statements, and knows that it contains a Science which
is demonstrable when understood, and which is fully
understood when demonstrated. That Christian Scien-
21 tists, because of their uniformly pure morals and noble
lives, are better representatives of Christian Science
than the textbook itself, is not in accordance with the
24 Scriptures. The tree is known by its fruit. The student
of this book will tell you that his higher life is the result
of his conscientious study of Science and Health in con-

nection with the Bible.

A book that through the good it does has won its
way into the palaces of emperors and kings, into the


home of the President of the United States, into the chief
cities and the best families in our own and in foreign
lands, a book which lies beside the Bible in hundreds

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1 of pulpits and in thousands of homes, which heals the
sick and reclaims sinners in court and in cottage, is
3 not less the evangel of Christian Science than is he
who practises the teachings of this book or he who
studies it and thereby is healed of disease. Can such a

book be ambiguous, self-contradictory, or unprofitable
to mankind?

St. Paul was a follower but not an immediate disciple

9 of our Lord, and Paul declares the truth of the complete
system of Christian Science in these brief sentences:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which
12 are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Was
15 it profane for St. Paul to aspire to this knowledge of Christ
and its demonstration, healing sin and sickness, because
he was not a disciple of the personal Jesus? Nay, verily.
18 Neither is it presumptuous or unscriptural or vain for
another, a suckling in the arms of divine Love, to perfect
His praise.
21 A child will demonstrate Christian Science and have
a clear perception of it. Then, is Christian Science a
cold, dull abstraction, or is that unscientific which
24 all around us is demonstrated on a fixed Principle and
a given rule, - when, in proportion as this Principle
and rule are understood, men are found casting out
27 the evils of mortal thought, healing the sick, and uplift-
ing human consciousness to a more spiritual life and
love? The signs of the times emphasize the answer

to this in the rapid and steady advancement of this Sci-
ence among the scholarly and titled, the deep thinkers,
the truly great men and women of this age. In the

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1 words of the Master, "Can ye not discern the signs of
the times?"
3 Christian Science teaches: Owe no man; be temperate;
abstain from alcohol and tobacco; be honest, just, and
pure; cast out evil and heal the sick; in short, Do unto

others as ye would have others do to you.

Has one Christian Scientist yet reached the maxi-
mum of these teachings? And if not, why point the

9 people to the lives of Christian Scientists and decry the
book which has moulded their lives? Simply because
the treasures of this textbook are not yet uncovered

to the gaze of many men, the beauty of holiness is not
yet won.

My first writings on Christian Science began with notes

15 on the Scriptures. I consulted no other authors and read
no other book but the Bible for about three years. What
I wrote had a strange coincidence or relationship with the
18 light of revelation and solar light. I could not write these
notes after sunset. All thoughts in the line of Scriptural
interpretation would leave me until the rising of the sun.
21 Then the influx of divine interpretation would pour in
upon my spiritual sense as gloriously as the sunlight on the
material senses. It was not myself, but the divine power
24 of Truth and Love, infinitely above me, which dictated
"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." I
have been learning the higher meaning of this book since

writing it.

Is it too much to say that this book is leavening
the whole lump of human thought? You can trace its


teachings in each step of mental and spiritual progress,
from pulpit and press, in religion and ethics, and find
these progressive steps either written or indicated in the

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1 book. It has mounted thought on the swift and mighty
chariot of divine Love, which to-day is circling the

whole world.

I should blush to write of "Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures" as I have, were it of human origin,

6 and were I, apart from God, its author. But, as I was
only a scribe echoing the harmonies of heaven in divine
metaphysics, I cannot be super-modest in my estimate of

the Christian Science textbook.

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AT a time of contagious disease, Christian Scientists en-

3 deavor to rise in consciousness to the true sense of
the omnipotence of Life, Truth, and Love, and this great
fact in Christian Science realized will stop a contagion.
6 In time of religious or scientific prosperity, certain indi-
viduals are inclined to cling to the personality of its
leader. This state of mind is sickly; it is a contagion
9 - a mental malady, which must be met and overcome.
Why? Because it would dethrone the First Command-
ment, Thou shalt have one God.
12 If God is one and God is Person, then Person is infinite;
and there is no personal worship, for God is divine Prin-
ciple, Love. Hence the sin, the danger and darkness of

personal contagion.

Forgetting divine Principle brings on this contagion.
Its symptoms are based upon personal sight or sense.

18 Declaring the truth regarding an individual or leader,
rendering praise to whom praise is due, is not a symp-
tom of this contagious malady, but persistent pursuit

of his or her person is.

Every loss in grace and growth spiritual, since time
began, has come from injustice and personal contagion.


Had the ages helped their leaders to, and let them alone

Copyright, 1909, by Mary Baker Eddy. Renewed, 1937.

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1 in, God's glory, the world would not have lost the Science
of Christianity.
3 "What went ye out for to see?" A person, or a Prin-
ciple? Whichever it be, determines the right or the
wrong of this following. A personal motive gratified by
6 sense will leave one "a reed shaken with the wind,"
whereas helping a leader in God's direction, and giving
this leader time and retirement to pursue the infinite
9 ascent, - the comprehending of the divine order and con-
sciousness in Science, - will break one's own dream of
personal sense, heal disease, and make one a Christian


Is not the old question still rampant? "When saw we
thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed

15 thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee?" But when may we see you, to get some good
out of your personality?
18 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God" (St. John). This
great truth of God's impersonality and individuality and
21 of man in His image and likeness, individual, but not
personal, is the foundation of Christian Science. There
was never a religion or philosophy lost to the centuries
24 except by sinking its divine Principle in personality.
May all Christian Scientists ponder this fact, and give
their talents and loving hearts free scope only in the

right direction!

I left Boston in the height of prosperity to retreat from
the world, and to seek the one divine Person, whereby


and wherein to show others the footsteps from sense to
Soul. To give me this opportunity is all that I ask of

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1 My soul thanks the loyal, royal natures of the beloved
members of my church who cheerfully obey God and
3 steadily go on promoting the true Principle of Christian
Science. Only the disobedient spread personal contagion,
and any imaginary benefit they receive is the effect of

self-mesmerism, wherein the remedy is worse than the


9 My Dear Sir: - I beg to thank you for your most
excellent letter. It is an outpouring of goodness and
greatness with which you honor me.
12 In a call upon my person, you would not see me, for
spiritual sense demands and commands us; hence I seek
to be "absent from the body," and such circumstances

embarrass the higher criticism.

The Scripture reads: "Blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed." A saving faith comes

18 not of a person, but of Truth's presence and power.
Soul, not sense, receives and gives it. One's voluntary
withdrawal from society, from furnishing the demands
21 upon the finite to supply the blessings of the infinite, -
something impossible in the Science of God and credited
only by human belief, by a material and not by the

spiritual sense of man, - should come from conscience.

The doctrine of Buddha, which rests on a heathen basis
for its Nirvana, represents not the divinity of Christian

27 Science, in which Truth, or Christ, finds its paradise in
Spirit, in the consciousness of heaven within us - health,
harmony, holiness, entirely apart from limitations, which

would dwarf individuality in personality and couple evil

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1 with good. It is convenient for history to record limi-
tations and to regard evil as real, but it is impossible
3 in Science to believe this, or on such a basis to demon-
strate the divine Principle of that which is real, harmo-
nious, and eternal - that which is based on one infinite

God, and man, His idea, image, and likeness.

In Science, we learn that man is not absorbed in the
divine nature, but is absolved by it. Man is free from

9 the flesh and is individual in consciousness - in Mind,
not in matter. Think not that Christian Science tends
towards Buddhism or any other "ism." Per contra,
12 Christian Science destroys such tendency. Mary of old
wept because she stooped down and looked into the sepul-
chre - looked for the person, instead of the Principle that
15 reveals Christ. The Mary of to-day looks up for Christ,
away from the supposedly crucified to the ascended
Christ, to the Truth that "healeth all thy diseases" and
18 gives dominion over all the earth. The doubting disciple
could not identify Christ spiritually, but he could mate-
rially. He turned to the person, to the prints of the nails,
21 to prove Christ, whereas the discharged evidence of mate-
rial sense gave the real proof of his Saviour, the veritable
Christ, Truth, which destroys the false sense with the

evidence of Soul, immortality, eternal Life without begin-
ning or end of days.

Should I give myself the pleasant pastime of seeing your

27 personal self, or give you the opportunity of seeing mine,
you would not see me thus, for I am not there. I
have risen to look and wait and watch and pray for the

spirit of Truth that leadeth away from person - from
body to Soul, even to the true image and likeness of
God. St. John found Christ, Truth, in the Word which

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1 is God. We look for the sainted Revelator in his writ-
ings, and there we find him. Those who look for me in
3 person, or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me in-
stead of find me. I hope and trust that you and I may
meet in truth and know each other there, and know

as we are known of God.

Accept my gratitude for the chance you give me to
answer your excellent letter. Forgive, if it needs forgive-

9 ness, my honest position. Bear with me the burden of
discovery and share with me the bliss of seeing the risen
Christ, God's spiritual idea that takes away all sin, disease,

and death, and gives to soul its native freedom.

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MY BELOVED BRETHREN: - I have suggested a

3 change in the time for holding our semi-annual
church meetings, in order to separate these sessions
from the excitement and commotion of the season's


In metaphysics we learn that the strength of peace
and of suffering is sublime, a true, tried mental convic-

9 tion that is neither tremulous nor relapsing. This
strength is like the ocean, able to carry navies, yet
yielding to the touch of a finger. This peace is spiritual;

never selfish, stony, nor stormy, but generous, reliable,
helpful, and always at hand.

Peace, like plain dealing, is somewhat out of fashion.

15 Yet peace is desirable, and plain dealing is a jewel as beau-
tiful as the gems that adorn the Christmas ring presented
to me by my students in 1897. Few blemishes can be
18 found in a true character, for it is always a diamond of the
first water; but external gentility and good humor may
be used to disguise internal vulgarity and villainy. No
21 deformity exists in honesty, and no vulgarity in kindness.
Christian Science, however, adds to these graces, and
reflects the divine likeness.

Self-denial is practical, and is not only polite to all
but is pleasant to those who practise it. If one would

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1 follow the advice that one gratuitously bestows on
others, this would create for one's self and for the world

a destiny more grand than can issue from the brain of
a dreamer.

That glory only is imperishable which is fixed in one's


own moral make-up.

Sin is like a dock root. To cut off the top of a plant
does no good; the roots must be eradicated or the plant


will continue to grow. Now I am done with homilies
and, you may add, with tedious prosaics.

On the fifth of July last, my church tempted me ten-

12 derly to be proud! The deportment of its dear members
was such as to command respect everywhere. It called
forth flattering comment and created surprise in our good

city of Concord.

Beloved brethren, another Christmas has come and gone.
Has it enabled us to know more of the healing Christ that

18 saves from sickness and sin? Are we still searching dili-
gently to find where the young child lies, and are we sat-
isfied to know that our sense of Truth is not demoralized,
21 finitized, cribbed, or cradled, but has risen to grasp the
spiritual idea unenvironed by materiality? Can we say
with the angels to-day: "He is risen; he is not here:
24 behold the place where they laid him"? Yes, the real
Christian Scientist can say his Christ is risen and is not
the material Christ of creeds, but is Truth, even as Jesus
27 declared; and the sense of Truth of the real Christian
Scientist is spiritualized to behold this Christ, Truth,
again healing the sick and saving sinners. The mission

of our Master was to all mankind, and included the very
hearts that rejected it - that refused to see the power
of Truth in healing.

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1 Our unity and progress are proverbial, and this church's
gifts to me are beyond comparison - they have become
3 a wonder! To me, however, love is the greater marvel,
so I must continue to prize love even more than the gifts
which would express it. The great guerdon of divine
6 Love, which moves the hearts of men to goodness and
greatness, will reward these givers, and this encourages
me to continue to urge the perfect model for your accept-

ance as the ultimate of Christian Science.

To-day in Concord, N. H., we have a modest hall in one
of the finest localities in the city, - a reading-room and

12 nine other rooms in the same building. "Tell it not in
Gath"! I had the property bought by the courtesy of
another person to be rid of the care and responsibility of
15 purchasing it, and furnished him the money to pay for it.
The original cost of the estate was fourteen thousand
dollars. With the repairs and other necessary expenses
18 the amount is now about twenty thousand dollars. Ere
long I will see you in this hall, Deo volente; but my out-
door accommodations at Pleasant View are bigger than
21 the indoor. My little hall, which holds a trifle over two
hundred people, is less sufficient to receive a church of ten
thousand members than were the "five loaves and two
24 fishes" to feed the multitude; but the true Christian
Scientist is not frightened at miracles, and ofttimes small
beginnings have large endings.
27 Seeing that we have to attain to the ministry of right-
eousness in all things, we must not overlook small things
in goodness or in badness, for "trifles make perfection,"

and "the little foxes . . . spoil the vines."

As a peculiar people whose God is All-in-all, let us say
with St. Paul: "We faint not; but have renounced the

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1 hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness,
nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by mani-

festation of the truth commending ourselves to every
man's conscience."


6 My Beloved Brethren: - Looking on this annual assem-
blage of human consciousness, - health, harmony, growth,
grandeur, and achievement, garlanded with glad faces,
9 willing hands, and warm hearts, - who would say to-day,
"What a fond fool is hope"? The fruition of friendship,
the world's arms outstretched to us, heart meeting heart
12 across continents and oceans, bloodless sieges and tear-
less triumphs, the "well done" already yours, and the
undone waiting only your swift hands, - these are
15 enough to make this hour glad. What more abounds
and abides in the hearts of these hearers and speakers,
pen may not tell.
18 Nature reflects man and art pencils him, but it remains
for Science to reveal man to man; and between these lines
of thought is written in luminous letters, O man, what
21 art thou? Where art thou? Whence and whither? And
what shall the answer be? Expressive silence, or with
finger pointing upward, - Thither! Then produce thy
24 records, time-table, log, traveller's companion, et cetera,
and prove fairly the facts relating to the thitherward, -
the rate of speed, the means of travel, and the number
27 en route. Now what have you learned? The mystery
of godliness - God made "manifest in the flesh," seen
of men, and spiritually understood; and the mystery of

iniquity - how to separate the tares from the wheat,
that they consume in their own fires and no longer

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1 kindle altars for human sacrifice. Have you learned to
conquer sin, false affections, motives, and aims, - to be

not only sayers but doers of the law?

Brethren, our annual meeting is a grave guardian. It
requires you to report progress, to refresh memory, to

6 rejuvenate the branches and to vivify the buds, to bend
upward the tendrils and to incline the vine towards the
parent trunk. You come from feeding your flocks, big

with promise; and you come with the sling of Israel's
chosen one to meet the Goliaths.

I have only to dip my pen in my heart to say, All honor

12 to the members of our Board of Lectureship connected
with The Mother Church. Loyal to the divine Principle
they so ably vindicate, they earn their laurels. History
15 will record their words, and their works will follow
them. When reading their lectures, I have felt the touch
of the spirit of the Mars' Hill orator, which always

thrills the soul.

The members of the Board of Education, under the
auspices of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, have


acquitted themselves nobly. The students in my last
class in 1898 are stars in my crown of rejoicing.

We are deeply grateful that the church militant is

24 looking into the subject of Christian Science, for Zion
must put on her beautiful garments - her bridal robes.
The hour is come; the bride (Word) is adorned, and lo,

the bridegroom cometh! Are our lamps trimmed and

The doom of the Babylonish woman, referred to in Reve-


lation, is being fulfilled. This woman, "drunken with the
blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs
of Jesus," "drunk with the wine of her fornication,"

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1 would enter even the church, - the body of Christ, Truth;
and, retaining the heart of the harlot and the purpose
3 of the destroying angel, would pour wormwood into the
waters - the disturbed human mind - to drown the
strong swimmer struggling for the shore, - aiming for
6 Truth, - and if possible, to poison such as drink of the
living water. But the recording angel, standing with
"right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,"
9 has in his hand a book open (ready to be read), which un-
covers and kills this mystery of iniquity and interprets the
mystery of godliness, - how the first is finished and the
12 second is no longer a mystery or a miracle, but a marvel,
casting out evil and healing the sick. And a voice was
heard, saying, "Come out of her, my people" (hearken
15 not to her lies), "that ye receive not of her plagues. For
her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remem-
bered her iniquities . . . double unto her double accord-
18 ing to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill
to her double . . . for she saith in her heart, I . . . am
no widow, . . . Therefore shall her plagues come in one
21 day, death, and mourning, and famine; . . . for strong is
the Lord God who judgeth her." That which the Rev-
elator saw in spiritual vision will be accomplished. The
24 Babylonish woman is fallen, and who should mourn
over the widowhood of lust, of her that "is become the
habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit,

and a cage of every unclean . . . bird"?

One thing is eternally here; it reigns supreme to-day,
to-morrow, forever. We need it in our homes, at our fire-


sides, on our altars, for with it win we the race of the
centuries. We have it only as we live it. This is that
needful one thing - divine Science, whereby thought is

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1 spiritualized, reaching outward and upward to Science in
Christianity, Science in medicine, in physics, and in


Happy are the people whose God is All-in-all, who ask
only to be judged according to their works, who live to

6 love. We thank the Giver of all good for the marvellous
speed of the chariot-wheels of Truth and for the steadfast,
calm coherence in the ranks of Christian Science.
9 On comparison, it will be found that Christian Science
possesses more of Christ's teachings and example than
all other religions since the first century. Comparing
12 our scientific system of metaphysical therapeutics with
materia medica, we find that divine metaphysics com-
pletely overshadows and overwhelms materia medica, even
15 as Aaron's rod swallowed up the rods of the magicians
of Egypt. I deliberately declare that when I was in prac-
tice, out of one hundred cases I healed ninety-nine to

the ten of materia medica.

We should thank God for persecution and for prosecu-
tion, if from these ensue a purer Protestantism and mono-

21 theism for the latter days of the nineteenth century. A
siege of the combined centuries, culminating in fierce attack,
cannot demolish our strongholds. The forts of Christian
24 Science, garrisoned by God's chosen ones, can never sur-
render. Unlike Russia's armament, ours is not costly as
men count cost, but it is rich beyond price, staunch and
27 indestructible on land or sea; it is not curtailed in peace,
surrendered in conquest, nor laid down at the feet of
progress through the hands of omnipotence. And why?

Because it is "on earth peace, good will toward men," -
a cover and a defence adapted to all men, all nations,
all times, climes, and races. I cannot quench my

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1 desire to say this; and words are not vain when the
depth of desire can find no other outlet to liberty.
3 "Therefore . . . let us go on unto perfection; not laying
again the foundation of repentance from dead works."
(Hebrews 6: 1.)
6 A coroner's inquest, a board of health, or class legisla-
tion is less than the Constitution of the United States, and
infinitely less than God's benign government, which is
9 "no respecter of persons." Truth crushed to earth springs
spontaneously upward, and whispers to the breeze man's
inalienable birthright - Liberty. "Where the Spirit of
12 the Lord is, there is liberty." God is everywhere. No
crown nor sceptre nor rulers rampant can quench the vital
heritage of freedom - man's right to adopt a religion,
15 to employ a physician, to live or to die according to the
dictates of his own rational conscience and enlightened
understanding. Men cannot punish a man for suicide;

God does that.

Christian Scientists abide by the laws of God and the
laws of the land; and, following the command of the

21 Master, they go into all the world, preaching the gospel
and healing the sick. Therefore be wise and harmless, for
without the former the latter were impracticable. A lack
24 of wisdom betrays Truth into the hands of evil as effec-
tually as does a subtle conspirator; the motive is not as
wicked, but the result is as injurious. Return not evil for
27 evil, but "overcome evil with good." Then, whatever
the shaft aimed at you or your practice may be, it will
fall powerless, and God will reward your enemies accord-

ing to their works. Watch, and pray daily that evil
suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your
thought nor bear fruit. Ofttimes examine yourselves, and

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1 see if there be found anywhere a deterrent of Truth and
Love, and "hold fast that which is good."
3 I reluctantly foresee great danger threatening our na-
tion, - imperialism, monopoly, and a lax system of relig-
ion. But the spirit of humanity, ethics, and Christianity
6 sown broadcast - all concomitants of Christian Science
- is taking strong hold of the public thought through-
out our beloved country and in foreign lands, and is

tending to counteract the trend of mad ambition.

There is no night but in God's frown; there is no day
but in His smile. The oracular skies, the verdant earth

12 - bird, brook, blossom, breeze, and balm - are richly
fraught with divine reflection. They come at Love's call.
The nod of Spirit is nature's natal.
15 And how is man, seen through the lens of Spirit,
enlarged, and how counterpoised his origin from dust,
and how he presses to his original, never severed
18 from Spirit! O ye who leap disdainfully from this rock
of ages, return and plant thy steps in Christ, Truth,
"the stone which the builders rejected"! Then will
21 angels administer grace, do thy errands, and be thy
dearest allies. The divine law gives to man health
and life everlasting - gives a soul to Soul, a present
24 harmony wherein the good man's heart takes hold on
heaven, and whose feet can never be moved. These
are His green pastures beside still waters, where faith

mounts upward, expatiates, strengthens, and exults.

Lean not too much on your Leader. Trust God to
direct your steps. Accept my counsel and teachings only


as they include the spirit and the letter of the Ten Com-
mandments, the Beatitudes, and the teachings and
example of Christ Jesus. Refrain from public contro-

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1 versy; correct the false with the true - then leave the
latter to propagate. Watch and guard your own thoughts
3 against evil suggestions and against malicious mental
malpractice, wholly disloyal to the teachings of Christian
Science. This hidden method of committing crime -
6 socially, physically, and morally - will ere long be un-
earthed and punished as it deserves. The effort of
disloyal students to blacken me and to keep my works
9 from public recognition - students seeking only public
notoriety, whom I have assisted pecuniarily and striven to
uplift morally - has been made too many times and has
12 failed too often for me to fear it. The spirit of Truth is
the lever which elevates mankind. I have neither the
time nor the inclination to be continually pursuing a lie
15 - the one evil or the evil one. Therefore I ask the help
of others in this matter, and I ask that according to
the Scriptures my students reprove, rebuke, and exhort.
18 A lie left to itself is not so soon destroyed as it is with
the help of truth-telling. Truth never falters nor fails;
it is our faith that fails.
21 All published quotations from my works must have
the author's name added to them. Quotation-marks are
not sufficient. Borrowing from my copyrighted works,
24 without credit, is inadmissible. But I need not say this
to the loyal Christian Scientist- to him who keeps
the commandments. "Science and Health with Key to
27 the Scriptures" has an enormous strain put upon it,
being used as a companion to the Bible in all your
public ministrations, as teacher and as the embodiment

and substance of the truth that is taught; hence
my request, that you borrow little else from it, should
seem reasonable.

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1 Beloved, that which purifies the affections also strength-
ens them, removes fear, subdues sin, and endues with
3 divine power; that which refines character at the same
time humbles, exalts, and commands a man, and obedience
gives him courage, devotion, and attainment. For this
6 hour, for this period, for spiritual sacrament, sacrifice,
and ascension, we unite in giving thanks. For the body
of Christ, for the life that we commemorate and would
9 emulate, for the bread of heaven whereof if a man eat
"he shall live forever," for the cup red with loving resti-
tution, redemption, and inspiration, we give thanks. The
12 signet of the great heart, given to me in a little symbol,
seals the covenant of everlasting love. May apostate
praise return to its first love, above the symbol seize the

spirit, speak the "new tongue" - and may thought soar
and Soul be.


18 My Beloved Brethren: - I hope I shall not be found
disorderly, but I wish to say briefly that this meeting is
very joyous to me. Where God is we can meet, and where
21 God is we can never part. There is something suggestive
to me in this hour of the latter days of the nineteenth
century, fulfilling much of the divine law and the gospel.
24 The divine law has said to us: "Bring ye all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house,
and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I
27 will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to
receive it."

There is with us at this hour this great, great blessing;
and may I say with the consciousness of Mind that the

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1 fulfilment of divine Love in our lives is the demand of
this hour - the special demand. We begin with the law
3 as just announced, "Prove me now herewith, . . . if I will
not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a
blessing," and we go to the Gospels, and there we hear:

"In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good
cheer; I have overcome the world."

The Christian Scientist knows that spiritual faith and

9 understanding pass through the waters of Meribah here -
bitter waters; but he also knows they embark for infinity
and anchor in omnipotence.
12 Oh, may this hour be prolific, and at this time and in
every heart may there come this benediction: Thou hast
no longer to appeal to human strength, to strive with
15 agony; I am thy deliverer. "Of His own will begat He us
with the word of truth." Divine Love has strengthened
the hand and encouraged the heart of every member of this
18 large church. Oh, may these rich blessings continue and
be increased! Divine Love hath opened the gate Beau-
tiful to us, where we may see God and live, see good in
21 good, - God all, one, - one Mind and that divine; where
we may love our neighbor as ourselves, and bless our
24 Divine Love will also rebuke and destroy disease, and
destroy the belief of life in matter. It will waken the
dreamer - the sinner, dreaming of pleasure in sin; the sick,
27 dreaming of suffering matter; the slothful, satisfied to
sleep and dream. Divine Love is our only physician,
and never loses a case. It binds up the broken-hearted;

heals the poor body, whose whole head is sick and whose
whole heart is faint; comforts such as mourn, wipes away
the unavailing, tired tear, brings back the wanderer to

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1 the Father's house in which are many mansions, many
welcomes, many pardons for the penitent.
3 Ofttimes I think of this in the great light of the present,
the might and light of the present fulfilment. So shall
all earth's children at last come to acknowledge God, and

be one; inhabit His holy hill, the God-crowned summit
of divine Science; the church militant rise to the church
triumphant, and Zion be glorified.


My beloved church will not receive a Message from
me this summer, for my annual Message is swallowed

12 up in sundries already given out. These crumbs and
monads will feed the hungry, and the fragments gathered
therefrom should waken the sleeper, - "dead in tres-
15 passes and sins," - set the captive sense free from self's
sordid sequela; and one more round of old Sol give birth
to the sowing of Solomon.


May 11, 1903


My Beloved Brethren: - I have a secret to tell you and
a question to ask. Do you know how much I love you

24 and the nature of this love? No: then my sacred secret
is incommunicable, and we live apart. But, yes: and
this inmost something becomes articulate, and my book

is not all you know of me. But your knowledge with
its magnitude of meaning uncovers my life, even as
your heart has discovered it. The spiritual bespeaks

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1 our temporal history. Difficulty, abnegation, constant
battle against the world, the flesh, and evil, tell my long-

kept secret - evidence a heart wholly in protest and
unutterable in love.

The unprecedented progress of Christian Science is pro-

6 verbial, and we cannot be too grateful nor too humble for
this, inasmuch as our daily lives serve to enhance or to
stay its glory. To triumph in truth, to keep the faith
9 individually and collectively, conflicting elements must
be mastered. Defeat need not follow victory. Joy over
good achievements and work well done should not

be eclipsed by some lost opportunity, some imperative
demand not yet met.

Truth, Life, and Love will never lose their claim on us.


And here let me add: -

Truth happifies life in the hamlet or town;
Life lessens all pride - its pomp and its frown -


Love comes to our tears like a soft summer shower,
To beautify, bless, and inspire man's power.


21 At the Wednesday evening meeting of April 3, 1907,
in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, the
First Reader, Mr. William D. McCrackan, read the fol-

lowing letter from Mrs. Eddy. In announcing this letter,
he said: -

"Permission has been secured from our beloved Leader

27 to read you a letter from her to me. This letter is in
Mrs. Eddy's own handwriting, with which I have been
familiar for several years, and it shows her usual mental

and physical vigor."

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Mrs. Eddy's Letter

Beloved Student: - The wise man has said, "When I

3 was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things." That this passage of Scripture

and its concluding declaration may be applied to old age,
is a solace.

Perhaps you already know that I have heretofore per-

9 sonally attended to my secular affairs, - to my income,
investments, deposits, expenditures, and to my employ-
ees. But the increasing demands upon my time and
12 labor, and my yearning for more peace in my advancing
years, have caused me to select a Board of Trustees to
take the charge of my property; namely, the Hon. Henry

M. Baker, Mr. Archibald McLellan, and Mr. Josiah E.

As you are the First Reader of my church in Boston,

18 of about forty thousand members, I inform you of this,
the aforesaid transaction.
Lovingly yours in Christ,


March 22, 1907



My Beloved Church: - Your love and fidelity cheer my

27 advancing years. As Christian Scientists you under-
stand the Scripture, "Fret not thyself because of evil-
doers;" also you spiritually and scientifically understand

that God is divine Love, omnipotent, omnipresent, in-

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1 finite; hence it is enough for you and me to know that
our "Redeemer liveth" and intercedeth for us.
3 At this period my demonstration of Christian Science
cannot be fully understood, theoretically; therefore
it is best explained by its fruits, and by the life of

our Lord as depicted in the chapter Atonement and
Eucharist, in "Science and Health with Key to the



April 2, 1907


I am pleased to say that the following members con-
stitute the Board of Trustees who own my property: -

15 1. The Hon. Henry M. Baker, who won a suit at
law in Washington, D. C., for which it is alleged he
was paid the highest fee ever received by a native of

New Hampshire.

2. Archibald McLellan, editor-in-chief of the Christian
Science periodicals, circulating in the five grand divisions


of our globe; also in Canada, Australia, etc.

3. Josiah E. Fernald, justice of the peace and president
of the National State Capital Bank, Concord, N. H.

24 To my aforesaid Trustees I have committed the hard
earnings of my pen, - the fruits of honest toil, the labor
that is known by its fruits, - benefiting the human race;
27 and I have so done that I may have more peace, and time
for spiritual thought and the higher criticism.

April 3, 1907

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The following affidavit, in the form of a letter from

3 Mrs. Eddy to Judge Robert N. Chamberlin of the Superior
Court, was filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court,
Saturday, May 18. The Boston Globe, referring to this
6 document, speaks of it as, "in the main, an example of
crisp, clear, plain-speaking English." The entire letter is
in Mrs. Eddy's own handwriting and is characteristic in

both substance and penmanship: -


Respected Sir: - It is over forty years that I have

12 attended personally to my secular affairs, to my in-
come, investments, deposits, expenditures, and to my
employees. I have personally selected all my invest-

ments, except in one or two instances, and have paid for
the same.

The increasing demands upon my time, labors, and

18 thought, and yearning for more peace and to have my
property and affairs carefully taken care of for the
persons and purposes I have designated by my last will,
21 influenced me to select a Board of Trustees to take charge
of my property; namely, the Hon. Henry M. Baker,
Mr. Archibald McLellan, Mr. Josiah E. Fernald. I
24 had contemplated doing this before the present proceed-
ings were brought or I knew aught about them, and I
had consulted Lawyer Streeter about the method.
27 I selected said Trustees because I had implicit con-
fidence in each one of them as to honesty and business
capacity. No person influenced me to make this selec-

tion. I find myself able to select the Trustees I need

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1 without the help of others. I gave them my property to
take care of because I wanted it protected and myself
3 relieved of the burden of doing this. They have agreed
with me to take care of my property and I consider this
agreement a great benefit to me already.
6 This suit was brought without my knowledge and is
being carried on contrary to my wishes. I feel that it
is not for my benefit in any way, but for my injury,
9 and I know it was not needed to protect my person or
property. The present proceedings test my trust in
divine Love. My personal reputation is assailed and

some of my students and trusted personal friends are
cruelly, unjustly, and wrongfully accused.

Mr. Calvin A. Frye and other students often ask me

15 to receive persons whom I desire to see but decline to
receive solely because I find that I cannot "serve two
masters." I cannot be a Christian Scientist except I

leave all for Christ.

Trusting that I have not exceeded the bounds of pro-
priety in the statements herein made by me,

21 I remain most respectfully yours,

May 16, 1907


On this sixteenth day of May, 1907, personally appeared

27 Mary Baker Eddy and made oath that the statements
contained in the annexed letter directed to Honorable
Judge Chamberlin and dated May 16, 1907, are true.

Before me: ALLEN HOLLIS,
Justice of the Peace

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Beloved Students: - Rest assured that your Leader is

3 living, loving, acting, enjoying. She is neither dead nor
plucked up by the roots, but she is keenly alive to the
reality of living, and safely, soulfully founded upon
6 the rock, Christ Jesus, even the spiritual idea of Life,
with its abounding, increasing, advancing footsteps of
progress, primeval faith, hope, love.
9 Like the verdure and evergreen that flourish when
trampled upon, the Christian Scientist thrives in adver-
sity; his is a life-lease of hope, home, heaven; his idea
12 is nearing the Way, the Truth, and the Life, when mis-
represented, belied, and trodden upon. Justice, honesty,
cannot be abjured; their vitality involves Life, - calm,

irresistible, eternal.


My Beloved Brethren: - When I asked you to dispense

18 with the Executive Members' meeting, the purpose of my
request was sacred. It was to turn your sense of worship
from the material to the spiritual, the personal to the

impersonal, the denominational to the doctrinal, yea,
from the human to the divine.

Already you have advanced from the audible to the

24 inaudible prayer; from the material to the spiritual
communion; from drugs to Deity; and you have been
greatly recompensed. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,

for so doth the divine Love redeem your body from dis-
ease; your being from sensuality; your soul from sense;
your life from death.

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1 Of this abounding and abiding spiritual understand-
ing the prophet Isaiah said, "And I will bring the blind
3 by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in
paths that they have not known: I will make dark-
ness light before them, and crooked things straight.
6 These things will I do unto them, and not forsake


[Boston Globe]


12 In a letter addressed to Christian Scientists the Rev.
Mary Baker Eddy explains that dropping the annual com-
munion service of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
15 in Boston, need not debar distant members from attend-
ing occasionally The Mother Church. The following is
Mrs. Eddy's letter: -
18 Beloved Christian Scientists: - Take courage. God is
leading you onward and upward. Relinquishing a ma-
terial form of communion advances it spiritually.
21 The material form is a "Suffer it to be so now," and
is abandoned so soon as God's Way-shower, Christ,
points the advanced step. This instructs us how to

be abased and how to abound.

Dropping the communion of The Mother Church
does not prevent its distant members from occasionally

27 attending this church.

June 21, 1908

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[Boston Globe]


3 The general communion service of the Christian Science
denomination, held annually in The First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in this city, has been abolished by
6 order of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy. The services attended
last Sunday [June 14] by ten thousand persons were thus
the last to be held. Of late years members of the church
9 outside of Boston have not been encouraged to attend the
communion seasons except on the triennial gatherings,
the next of which would have been held next year.
12 The announcement in regard to the services was made
last night [June 21] by Alfred Farlow of the publication
committee as follows: -
15 The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, has
taken steps to abolish its famous communion seasons.
In former years, the annual communion season of the
18 Boston church has offered an occasion for the gathering
of vast multitudes of Christian Scientists from all parts
of the world . According to the following statement, which
21 Mrs. Eddy has just given out to the press, these gather-
ings will be discontinued: -

"The house of The Mother Church seats only five thou-
24 sand people, and its membership includes forty-eight
thousand communicants, hence the following: -

"The branch churches continue their communion sea-

sons, but there shall be no more communion season in
The Mother Church that has blossomed into spiritual
beauty, communion universal and divine. 'For who

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1 hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct
him? But we have the mind of Christ.' (1 Corinthians,

2:16.) "

[Mrs. Eddy has only abolished the disappointment of
communicants who come long distances and then find no


seats in The Mother Church. - EDITOR Sentinel.]



9 First Reader, The Mother Church, Boston, Mass.

Beloved Christian Scientist: - Accept my thanks for
your approval of abolishing the communion season of

The Mother Church. I sought God's guidance in doing
it, but the most important events are criticized.

The Mother Church communion season was liter-

15 ally a communion of branch church communicants
which might in time lose its sacredness and merge into
a meeting for greetings. My beloved brethren may
18 some time learn this and rejoice with me, as they so
often have done, over a step higher in their passage
from sense to Soul.

Most truly yours,




June 24, 1908


Beloved Students: - I thank you for your kind invi-


tation to be present at the annual meeting of The
Mother Church on June 7, 1909. I will attend the

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1 meeting, but not in propria persona. Watch and pray
that God directs your meetings and your lives, and your

Leader will then be sure that they are blessed in their

Lovingly yours,



June 5, 1909


9 To Whom It May Concern: - I have the pleasure to
report to one and all of my beloved friends and followers
that I exist in the flesh, and am seen daily by the mem-

bers of my household and by those with whom I have

Above all this fustian of either denying or asserting the

15 personality and presence of Mary Baker Eddy, stands
the eternal fact of Christian Science and the honest history
of its Discoverer and Founder. It is self-evident that

the discoverer of an eternal truth cannot be a temporal

The Cause of Christian Science is prospering through-

21 out the world and stands forever as an eternal and de-
monstrable Science, and I do not regard this attack upon
me as a trial, for when these things cease to bless they

will cease to occur.

"And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called

27 according to His purpose . . . . What shall we then say
to these things? If God be for us, who can be against

June 7, 1909

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1 Mrs. Eddy also sent the following letter to the mem-
bers of her church in Concord, N. H.: -
My Beloved Brethren: - Give yourselves no fear and
spare not a moment's thought to lies afloat that I am sick,
6 helpless, or an invalid. The public report that I am in
either of the aforesaid conditions is utterly false.
With love, ever yours,

June 7, 1909

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MY DEAR EDITORS: - You are by this time ac-

3 quainted with the small item that in October, 1897,
I proposed to one of Concord's best builders the plan for
Christian Science Hall in Concord, N. H. He drew the
6 plan, showed it to me, and I accepted it. From that
time, October 29, 1897, until the remodelling of the house
was finished, I inspected the work every day, suggested
9 the details outside and inside from the foundations to
the tower, and saw them carried out. One day the car-
penters' foreman said to me: "I want to be let off for
12 a few days. I do not feel able to keep about. I am
feeling an old ailment my mother had." I healed him
on the spot. He remained at work, and the next morn-

ing said to Mr. George H. Moore of Concord, "I am as
well as I ever was."

Within the past year and two months, I have worked

18 even harder than usual, but I cannot go upon the plat-
form and still be at home attending to the machinery
which keeps the wheels revolving. This well-known

fact makes me the servant of the race - and gladly
thus, if in this way I can serve equally my friends and
my enemies.

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1 In explanation of my dedicatory letter to the Chicago
church (see page 177), I will say: It is understood by all
3 Christians that Jesus spoke the truth. He said: "They
shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing, it shall not hurt them." I believe this saying

because I understand it, but its verity has not been
acknowledged since the third century.

The statement in my letter to the church in Chicago,

9 in substance as follows, has been quoted and criticized:
"If wisdom lengthens my sum of years to fourscore, I
may then be even younger than now."
12 Few believe this saying. Few believe that Christian
Science contains infinitely more than has been demon-
strated, or that the altitude of its highest propositions has
15 not yet been reached. The heights of the great Naza-
rene's sayings are not fully scaled. Yet his immortal
words and my poor prophecy, if they are true at all, are
18 as true to-day as they will be to-morrow. I am convinced
of the absolute truth of his sayings and of their present
application to mankind, and I am equally sure that what

I wrote is true, although it has not been demonstrated
in this age.

Christian Scientists hold as a vital point that the beliefs

24 of mortals tip the scale of being, morally and physically,
either in the right or in the wrong direction. Therefore
a Christian Scientist never mentally or audibly takes
27 the side of sin, disease, or death. Others who take the
side of error do it ignorantly or maliciously. The Chris-
tian Scientist voices the harmonious and eternal, and

nothing else. He lays his whole weight of thought,
tongue, and pen in the divine scale of being - for
health and holiness.

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Friends and Brethren: - There are moments when at

3 the touch of memory the past comes forth like a pageant
and the present is prophetic. Over a half century ago,
between the morning and afternoon services of the First
6 Congregational Church, the grand old elm on North State
Street flung its foliage in kindly shelter over my child-
hood's Sunday noons. And now, at this distant day, I
9 have provided for you a modest hall, in which to assemble
as a sort of Christian Science kindergarten for teaching
the "new tongue" of the gospel with "signs following,"

of which St. Mark prophesies.

May this little sanctum be preserved sacred to the
memory of this pure purpose, and subserve it. Let

15 the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the
gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people's
sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the
18 physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will,
in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that
to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin

and disease.

I have purchased a pleasant place for you, and prepared
for your use work-rooms and a little hall, which are already

24 dedicated to Christ's service, since Christian Scientists
never stop ceremoniously to dedicate halls. I shall be
with you personally very seldom. I have a work to do
27 that, in the words of our Master, "ye know not of."
From the interior of Africa to the utmost parts of the earth,
the sick and the heavenly homesick or hungry hearts are

calling on me for help, and I am helping them. You have
less need of me than have they, and you must not expect

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1 me further to do your pioneer work in this city. Faithfully
and more than ever persistently, you are now, through
3 the providence of God, called to do your part wisely and
to let your faith be known by your works. All that we
ask of any people is to judge our doctrine by its fruits.

May the good folk of Concord have this opportunity,
and may the God of all grace, truth, and love be and abide
with you henceforth.


My Beloved Brethren: - In the annals of our denomina-
tion this church becomes historic, having completed

12 its organization February 22 - Washington's birthday.
Memorable date, all unthought of till the day had passed!
Then we beheld the omen, - religious liberty, - the

Father of the universe and the father of our nation in

To-day, with the large membership of seventy-four com-

18 municants, you have met to praise God. I, as usual at
home and alone, am with you in spirit, joining in your
rejoicing, and my heart is asking: What are the angels say-
21 ing or singing of this dear little flock, and what is each
heart in this house repeating, and what is being recorded
of this meeting as with the pen of an angel?
24 Bear in mind always that Christianity is not alone a
gift, but that it is a growth Christward; it is not a creed
or dogma, - a philosophical phantasm, - nor the opinions
27 of a sect struggling to gain power over contending sects
and scourging the sect in advance of it. Christianity is
the summons of divine Love for man to be Christlike -

to emulate the words and the works of our great Master.

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1 To attain to these works, men must know somewhat of
the divine Principle of Jesus' life-work, and must prove

their knowledge by doing as he bade: "Go, and do thou

We know Principle only through Science. The Prin-

6 ciple of Christ is divine Love, resistless Life and Truth.
Then the Science of the Principle must be Christlike,
or Christian Science. More than regal is the majesty
9 of the meekness of the Christ-principle; and its might is
the ever-flowing tides of truth that sweep the universe,
create and govern it; and its radiant stores of knowl-

edge are the mysteries of exhaustless being. Seek ye
these till you make their treasures yours.

When a young man vainly boasted, "I am wise, for I

15 have conversed with many wise men," Epictetus made
answer, "And I with many rich men, but I am not rich."
The richest blessings are obtained by labor. A vessel
18 full must be emptied before it can be refilled. Lawyers
may know too much of human law to have a clear per-
ception of divine justice, and divines be too deeply read
21 in scholastic theology to appreciate or to demonstrate
Christian charity. Losing the comprehensive in the
technical, the Principle in its accessories, cause in effect,
24 and faith in sight, we lose the Science of Christianity, -
a predicament quite like that of the man who could not
see London for its houses.
27 Clouds parsimonious of rain, that swing in the sky with
dumb thunderbolts, are seen and forgotten in the same
hour; while those with a mighty rush, which waken the

stagnant waters and solicit every root and every leaf with
the treasures of rain, ask no praising. Remember, thou
canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe,

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1 where Love has not been before thee and where its tender
lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor

murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to
deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.

Pliny gives the following description of the character of

6 true greatness: "Doing what deserves to be written, and
writing what deserves to be read; and rendering the world
happier and better for having lived in it." Strive thou

for the joy and crown of such a pilgrimage - the service
of such a mission.

A heart touched and hallowed by one chord of Christian

12 Science, can accomplish the full scale; but this heart must
be honest and in earnest and never weary of struggling to
be perfect - to reflect the divine Life, Truth, and Love.
15 Stand by the limpid lake, sleeping amid willowy banks
dyed with emerald. See therein the mirrored sky and the
moon ablaze with her mild glory. This will stir your
18 heart. Then, in speechless prayer, ask God to enable you
to reflect God, to become His own image and likeness,
even the calm, clear, radiant reflection of Christ's glory,
21 healing the sick, bringing the sinner to repentance, and
raising the spiritually dead in trespasses and sins to life
in God. Jesus said: "If ye abide in me, and my words

abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you."

Beloved in Christ, what our Master said unto his

27 disciples, when he sent them forth to heal the sick and
preach the gospel, I say unto you: "Be ye therefore wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves." Then, if the wis-

dom you manifest causes Christendom or the disclaimer
against God to call this "a subtle fraud," "let your peace
return to you."

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1 I am patient with the newspaper wares and the
present schoolboy epithets and attacks of a portion of


(1) Because I sympathize with their ignorance of
Christian Science:


(2) Because I know that no Christian can or does
understand this Science and not love it:

(3) Because these attacks afford opportunity for ex-


plaining Christian Science:

(4) Because it is written: "The wrath of man shall
praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain."

12 Rest assured that the injustice done by press and pulpit
to this denomination of Christians will cease, when it no
longer blesses this denomination. "This I know; for God

is for me" (Psalms). And in the words of St. Paul, "If
God be for us, who can be against us?"

"Pass ye the proud fane by,


The vaulted aisles by flaunting folly trod,
And 'neath the temple of uplifted sky -
Go forth, and worship God."



My Beloved Brethren: - We learn from the Scrip-

24 tures that the Baalites or sun-worshippers failed to
look "through nature up to nature's God," thus missing
the discovery of all cause and effect. They were content
27 to look no higher than the symbol. This departure from
Spirit, this worshipping of matter in the name of nature,
was idolatry then and is idolatry now. When human

thought discerned its idolatrous tendencies, it took a step

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1 higher; but it immediately turned to another form of
idolatry, and, worshipping person instead of Principle,
3 anchored its faith in troubled waters. At that period,
the touch of Jesus' robe and the handkerchief of St.
Paul were supposed to heal the sick, and our Master
6 declared, "Thy faith hath made thee whole." The
medicine-man, far lower in the scale of thought, said,
"My material tonic has strengthened you." By reposing
9 faith in man and in matter, the human race has not
yet reached the understanding of God, the conception
of Spirit and its all-power.
12 The restoration of pure Christianity rests solely on
spiritual understanding, spiritual worship, spiritual power.
Ask thyself, Do I enter by the door and worship only
15 Spirit and spiritually, or do I climb up some other way?
Do I understand God as Love, the divine Principle of all
that really is, the infinite good, than which there is none
18 else and in whom is all? Unless this be so, the blind is
leading the blind, and both will stumble into doubt and
darkness, even as the ages have shown. To-day, if ye
21 would hear His voice, listen to His Word and serve no
other gods. Then the divine Principle of good, that we
call God, will be found an ever-present help in all things,
24 and Christian Science will be understood. It will also be
seen that this God demands all our faith and love; that
matter, man, or woman can never heal you nor pardon a
27 single sin; while God, the divine Principle of nature and
man, when understood and demonstrated, is found to be
the remote, predisposing, and present cause of all that is

rightly done.

I have the sweet satisfaction of sending to you weekly
flowers that my skilful florist has coaxed into loveliness

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1 despite our winter snows. Also I hear that the loving
hearts and hands of the Christian Scientists in Concord
3 send these floral offerings in my name to the sick and
suffering. Now, if these kind hearts will only do this in
Christ's name, the power of Truth and Love will fulfil the
6 law in righteousness. The healing and the gospel ministry
of my students in Concord have come to fulfil the whole
law. Unto "the angel of the church in Philadelphia,"

the church of brotherly love, "these things saith He
that is holy."

To-day our great Master would say to the aged gentle-

12 man healed from the day my flowers visited his bedside:
Thy faith hath healed thee. The flowers were imbued
and associated with no intrinsic healing qualities from my
15 poor personality. The scientific, healing faith is a saving
faith; it keeps steadfastly the great and first command-
ment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" - no
18 other than the spiritual help of divine Love. Faith in
aught else misguides the understanding, ignores the power
of God, and, in the words of St. Paul, appeals to an un-
21 known power "whom therefore ye ignorantly worship."
This trembling and blind faith, in the past as in the present,
seeks personality for support, unmindful of the divine law
24 of Love, which can be understood, the Principle of which
works intelligently as the divine Mind, not as matter,
casting out evil and healing the sick.
27 Christian Science healing is "the Spirit and the bride,"
- the Word and the wedding of this Word to all human
thought and action, - that says: Come, and I will give

thee rest, peace, health, holiness. The sweet flowers
should be to us His apostles, pointing away from matter
and man up to the one source, divine Life and Love, in

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1 whom is all salvation from sin, disease, and death. The
Science of all healing is based on Mind-the power of
3 Truth over error. It is not the person who gives the
drug nor the drug itself that heals, but it is the law of
Life understood by the practitioner as transcending the

law of death.

I shall scarcely venture to send flowers to this little hall
if they can be made to infringe the divine law of Love

9 even in thought. Send flowers and all things fair and
comforting to the dear sick, but remember it is not he
who gives the flowers that confers the blessing, but

"my Spirit, saith the Lord;" for "in Him was life," and
that life "was the light of men."


15 My Beloved Brethren: - At this, your first annual
meeting, permit me to congratulate this little church in
our city, weaving the new-old vesture in which to appear
18 and to clothe the human race. Carlyle wrote: "Wouldst
thou plant for eternity, then plant into the deep infinite
faculties of man. " " If the poor . . . toil that we have food,
21 must not the high and glorious toil for him in return, that
he have light, . . . freedom, immortality?" I agree with
him; and in our era of the world I welcome the means and
24 methods, light and truth, emanating from the pulpit and
press. Altogether it makes the church militant, embodied
in a visible communion, the foreshadowing of the church
27 triumphant. Communing heart with heart, mind with
mind, soul with soul, wherein and whereby we are looking
heavenward, is not looking nor gravitating earthward,

take it in whatever sense you may. Such communing

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1 uplifts man's being; it makes healing the sick and reform-
ing the sinner a mutual aid society, which is effective here

and now.

May this dear little church, nestled so near my heart
and native hills, be steadfast in Christ, always abounding

6 in love and good works, having unfaltering faith in the
prophecies, promises, and proofs of Holy Writ. May this
church have one God, one Christ, and that one the God and
9 Saviour whom the Scriptures declare. May it catch the
early trumpet-call, take step with the twentieth century,
leave behind those things that are behind, lay down the
12 low laurels of vainglory, and, pressing forward in the on-
ward march of Truth, run in joy, health, holiness, the
race set before it, till, home at last, it finds the full fru-

ition of its faith, hope, and prayer.


Beloved Brethren: - May this glad Easter morn find

18 the members of this dear church having a pure peace, a
fresh joy, a clear vision of heaven here, - heaven within
us, - and an awakened sense of the risen Christ. May
21 long lines of light span the horizon of their hope and
brighten their faith with a dawn that knows no twilight
and no night. May those who discourse music to-day,

sing as the angels heaven's symphonies that come to

May the dear Sunday School children always be gather-

27 ing Easter lilies of love with happy hearts and ripening
goodness. To-day may they find some sweet scents and
beautiful blossoms in their Leader's love, which she sends

to them this glad morn in the flowers and the cross from
Pleasant View, smiling upon them.

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Beloved Brethren: - You will accept my gratitude for

3 your dear letter, and allow me to reply in words of the
Scripture: "I know whom I have believed, and am per-
suaded that He is able" - "able to do exceeding abun-
6 dantly above all that we ask or think," "able to make
all grace abound toward you; that ye, always hav-
ing all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every

good work," "able to keep that which I have com-
mitted unto Him against that day."

When Jesus directed his disciples to prepare for the

12 material passover, which spiritually speaking is the pass-
over from sense to Soul, he bade them say to the good-
man of the house: "The Master saith unto thee, Where
15 is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover will
my disciples? and he shall show you a large upper room
furnished: there make ready."
18 In obedience to this command may these communicants
come with the upper chambers of thought prepared for the
reception of Truth - with hope, faith, and love ready to
21 partake of the bread that cometh down from heaven, and
to "drink of his blood" - to receive into their affections
and lives the inspiration which giveth victory over sin,

disease, and death.

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1 [Concord (N. H.) Monitor]


of the Concord church are filled with profound joy
and deep gratitude that your generous gift of one hun-
6 dred thousand dollars is to be used at once to build a
beautiful church edifice for your followers in the capital
city of your native State. We rejoice that the prosperity
9 of the Cause in your home city, where, without regard
to class or creed, you are so highly esteemed, makes
necessary the commodious and beautiful church home

you have so freely bestowed. We thank you for this
renewed evidence of your unselfish love."

The church will be built of the same beautiful Concord

15 granite of which the National Library Building in Wash-
ington is constructed. This is in accord with the ex-
pressed wish of Mrs. Eddy, made known in her original
18 deed of trust, first announced in the Concord Monitor
of March 19, 1898. In response to an inquiry from the
editor of that paper, Mrs. Eddy made the following

statement: -

On January 31, 1898, I gave a deed of trust to three
individuals which conveyed to them the sum of one

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1 hundred thousand dollars to be appropriated in build-
ing a granite church edifice for First Church of Christ,

Scientist, in this city.
Very truly,


Beloved Brethren: - This day drops down upon the
glories of summer; it is a glad day, in attune with faith's

9 fond trust. We live in an age of Love's divine adven-
ture to be All-in-all. This day is the natal hour of my
lone earth life; and for all mankind to-day hath its gloom
12 and glory: it endureth all things; it points to the new
birth, heaven here, the struggle over; it profits by the
past and joys in the present - to-day lends a new-born

beauty to holiness, patience, charity, love.

Having all faith in Christian Science, we must have
faith in whatever manifests love for God and man. The

18 burden of proof that Christian Science is Science rests
on Christian Scientists. The letter without the spirit
is dead: it is the Spirit that heals the sick and the
21 sinner - that makes the heart tender, faithful, true.
Most men and women talk well, and some practise what
they say.
24 God has blessed and will bless this dear band of brethren.
He has laid the chief corner-stone of the temple which
to-day you commemorate, to-morrow complete, and there-
27 after dedicate to Truth and Love. O may your temple
and all who worship therein stand through all time for
God and humanity!


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3 Beloved Brethren: - Never more sweet than to-day,
seem to me, and must seem to thee, those words of
our loved Lord, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto
6 the end." Thus may it ever be that Christ rejoiceth
and comforteth us. Sitting at his feet, I send to
you the throbbing of every pulse of my desire for the
9 ripening and rich fruit of this branch of his vine, and
I thank God who hath sent forth His word to heal
and to save.
12 At this period, the greatest man or woman on earth
stands at the vestibule of Christian Science, struggling to
enter into the perfect love of God and man. The infinite
15 will not be buried in the finite; the true thought escapes
from the inward to the outward, and this is the only
right activity, that whereby we reach our higher
18 nature. Material theories tend to check spiritual at-
traction - the tendency towards God, the infinite and
eternal - by an opposite attraction towards the tem-
21 porary and finite. Truth, life, and love are the only
legitimate and eternal demands upon man; they are
spiritual laws enforcing obedience and punishing dis-


Even Epictetus, a heathen philosopher who held that
Zeus, the master of the gods, could not control human


will, writes, "What is the essence of God? Mind." The
general thought chiefly regards material things, and keeps

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30 reserved.

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1 Mind much out of sight. The Christian, however, strives
for the spiritual; he abides in a right purpose, as in laws
3 which it were impious to transgress, and follows Truth
fearlessly. The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom
alight with love. To live so as to keep human conscious-
6 ness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and
the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is
Christian Science.
9 It is of less importance that we receive from man-
kind justice, than that we deserve it. Most of us
willingly accept dead truisms which can be buried
12 at will; but a live truth, even though it be a sapling
within rich soil and with blossoms on its branches,
frightens people. The trenchant truth that cuts its
15 way through iron and sod, most men avoid until
compelled to glance at it. Then they open their
hearts to it for actual being, health, holiness, and im-


I am asked, "Is there a hell?" Yes, there is a hell for
all who persist in breaking the Golden Rule or in dis-

21 obeying the commandments of God. Physical science
has sometimes argued that the internal fires of our earth
will eventually consume this planet. Christian Science
24 shows that hidden unpunished sin is this internal fire, -
even the fire of a guilty conscience, waking to a true sense
of itself, and burning in torture until the sinner is con-
27 sumed, - his sins destroyed. This may take millions of
cycles, but of the time no man knoweth. The advanced
psychist knows that this hell is mental, not material, and

that the Christian has no part in it. Only the makers of
hell burn in their fire.

Concealed crimes, the wrongs done to others, are mill-

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1 stones hung around the necks of the wicked. Christ Jesus
paid our debt and set us free by enabling us to pay it;

for which we are still his debtors, washing the Way-shower's
feet with tears of joy.

The intentional destroyer of others would destroy him-

6 self eternally, were it not that his suffering reforms him,
thus balancing his account with divine Love, which never
remits the sentence necessary to reclaim the sinner.
9 Hence these words of Christ Jesus: "Depart from me, all
ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and
12 Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of
God, and you yourselves thrust out." (Luke 13 : 27, 28.)
He who gains self-knowledge, self-control, and the king-
15 dom of heaven within himself, within his own conscious-
ness, is saved through Christ, Truth. Mortals must
drink sufficiently of the cup of their Lord and Master
18 to unself mortality and to destroy its erroneous claims.
Therefore, said Jesus, "Ye shall drink indeed of my
cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am

baptized with."

We cannot boast ourselves of to-morrow; sufficient unto
each day is the duty thereof. Lest human reason becloud

24 spiritual understanding, say not in thy heart: Sickness is
possible because one's thought and conduct do not afford
a sufficient defence against it. Trust in God, and "He
27 shall direct thy paths." When evil was avenging itself on
its destroyer, his preeminent goodness, the Godlike man
said, "My burden is light." Only he who learns through

meekness and love the falsity of supposititious life and
intelligence in matter, can triumph over their ultimatum,
sin, suffering, and death.

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1 God's mercy for mortal ignorance and need is assured;
then who shall question our want of more faith in His
3 "very present help in trouble"? Jesus said: "Suffer
it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all
righteousness . "
6 Strength is in man, not in muscles; unity and power are
not in atom or in dust. A small group of wise
thinkers is better than a wilderness of dullards and stronger than
9 the might of empires. Unity is spiritual cooperation,
heart to heart, the bond of blessedness such as my beloved
Christian Scientists all over the field, and the dear Sun-
12 day School children, have demonstrated in gifts to me
of about eighty thousand dollars, to be applied to build-
ing, embellishing, and furnishing our church edifice in

Concord, N. H.

We read in Holy Writ: "This man began to build, and
was not able to finish." This was spoken derisively.

18 But the love that rebukes praises also, and methinks the
same wisdom which spake thus in olden time would say
to the builder of the Christian Scientists' church edifice
21 in Concord: "Well done, good and faithful." Our proper
reason for church edifices is, that in them Christians may
worship God, - not that Christians may worship church


May the loving Shepherd of this feeble flock lead it
gently into "green pastures . . . beside the still waters."

27 May He increase its members, and may their faith never
falter - their faith in and their understanding of divine
Love. This church, born in my nativity, may it build

upon the rock of ages against which the waves and winds
beat in vain. May the towering top of its goodly temple
- burdened with beauty, pointing to the heavens, bursting

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1 into the rapture of song - long call the worshipper to
seek the haven of hope, the heaven of Soul, the sweet sense
3 of angelic song chiming chaste challenge to praise him who
won the way and taught mankind to win through meekness
to might, goodness to grandeur, from cross to crown,

from sense to Soul, from gleam to glory, from matter to


9 Not having the time to receive all the beloved ones who
have so kindly come to the dedication of this church, I
must not allow myself the pleasure of receiving any of
12 them. I always try to be just, if not generous; and I
cannot show my love for them in social ways without
neglecting the sacred demands on my time and attention

for labors which I think do them more good.


Dear Editor: - When I removed from Boston in 1889

18 and came to Concord, N. H., it was that I might find
retirement from many years of incessant labor for the
Cause of Christian Science, and the opportunity in Con-
21 cord's quiet to revise our textbook, "Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures." Here let me add that,
together with the retirement I so much coveted, I have
24 also received from the leading people of this pleasant city
all and more than I anticipated. I love its people -
love their scholarship, friendship, and granite char-

acter. I respect their religious beliefs, and thank their
ancestors for helping to form mine. The movement of
establishing in this city a church of our faith was far from

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1 my purpose, when I came here, knowing that such an
effort would involve a lessening of the retirement I so

much desired. But the demand increased, and I con-
sented, hoping thereby to give to many in this city a
church home.


To the Chicago Churches

My Beloved Brethren: - I have yearned to express my

9 thanks for your munificent gift to First Church of Christ,
Scientist, in Concord, of ten thousand dollars. What is
gratitude but a powerful camera obscura, a thing focus-

ing light where love, memory, and all within the human
heart is present to manifest light.

Is it not a joy to compare the beginning of Christian

15 Science in Chicago with its present prosperity? Now
[1904] six dear churches are there, the members of which
not only possess a sound faith, but that faith also possesses
18 them. A great sanity, a mighty something buried in the
depths of the unseen, has wrought a resurrection among
you, and has leaped into living love. What is this
21 something, this phoenix fire, this pillar by day, kindling,
guiding, and guarding your way? It is unity, the bond
of perfectness, the thousandfold expansion that will
24 engirdle the world, - unity, which unfolds the thought
most within us into the greater and better, the sum of
all reality and good.
27 This unity is reserved wisdom and strength. It builds
upon the rock, against which envy, enmity, or malice
beat in vain. Man lives, moves, and has his being in God,

Love. Then man must live, he cannot die; and Love

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1 must necessarily promote and pervade all his success.
Of two things fate cannot rob us; namely, of choos-
3 ing the best, and of helping others thus to choose.
But in doing this the Master became the servant. The
grand must stoop to the menial. There is scarcely an
6 indignity which I have not endured for the cause of
Christ, Truth, and I returned blessing for cursing. The
best help the worst; the righteous suffer for the unright-

eous; and by this spirit man lives and thrives, and by
it God governs.

To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York

12 Beloved Brethren: - I beg to thank the dear brethren of
this church for the sum of ten thousand dollars presented
to me for First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Concord,
15 N. H. Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for
goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of
one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with
18 universal good. Thus may each member of this church
rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the
scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and

happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason
for existing.

Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has

24 a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevo-
lence never tire. They maintain themselves and others
and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of
27 being too generous has lost the power of being magnani-
mous. The best man or woman is the most unselfed.
God grant that this church is rapidly nearing the maxi-

mum of might, - the means that build to the heavens,
- that it has indeed found and felt the infinite source

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1 where is all, and from which it can help its neighbor.
Then efforts to be great will never end in anarchy but
3 will continue with divine approbation. It is insincerity
and a half-persuaded faith that fail to succeed and fall
to the earth.
6 Religions may waste away, but the fittest survives;
and so long as we have the right ideal, life is worth living
and God takes care of our life.

To The Mother Church

My Beloved Brethren: - Your munificent gift of ten
thousand dollars, with which to furnish First Church of

12 Christ, Scientist, of Concord, N. H., with an organ, is
positive proof of your remembrance and love. Days of
shade and shine may come and go, but we will live on and
15 never drift apart. Life's ills are its chief recompense;
they develop hidden strength. Had I never suffered for
The Mother Church, neither she nor I would be practising
18 the virtues that lie concealed in the smooth seasons and
calms of human existence. When we are willing to help
and to be helped, divine aid is near. If all our years were
21 holidays, sport would be more irksome than work. So,
my dear ones, let us together sing the old-new song of
salvation, and let our measure of time and joy be spiritual,

not material.

To First Church of Christ, Scientist,

New London, Conn.

27 Beloved Brethren: - I am for the first time informed of
your gift to me of a beautiful cabinet, costing one hundred
and seventy-five dollars, for my books, placed in my room

at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, N. H.

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1 Accept my deep thanks therefor, and especially for the
self-sacrifice it may have cost the dear donors.
3 The mysticism of good is unknown to the flesh, for
goodness is "the fruit of the Spirit." The suppositional
world within us separates us from the spiritual world,
6 which is apart from matter, and unites us to one another.
Spirit teaches us to resign what we are not and to un-
derstand what we are in the unity of Spirit - in that

Love which is faithful, an ever-present help in trouble,
which never deserts us.

I pray that heaven's messages of "on earth peace, good


will toward men," may fill your hearts and leave their
loving benedictions upon your lives.


15 Beloved Students: - May this, your first Thanksgiv-
ing Day, according to time-tables, in our new church
edifice, be one acceptable in His sight, and full of love,
18 peace, and good will for yourselves, your flock, and the
race. Give to all the dear ones my love, and my
prayer for their health, happiness, and holiness this

and every day.


Beloved Brethren: - Allow me to send forth a paean

24 of praise for the noble disposal of the legislative question
as to the infringement of rights and privileges guaran-
teed to you by the laws of my native State. The con-
27 stituted religious rights in New Hampshire will, I trust,
never be marred by the illegitimate claims of envy,
jealousy, or persecution.

In our country the day of heathenism, illiberal views,

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1 or of an uncultivated understanding has passed. Free-
dom to worship God according to the dictates of en-
3 lightened conscience, and practical religion in agreement
with the demand of our common Christ, the Holy One
of Israel, are forever the privileges of the people of my

dear old New Hampshire.

Lovingly yours,




April 12, 1909



MY BELOVED CHURCH: - I invite you, one and all,

3 to Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., on July 5, at
12.30 P.M., if you would enjoy so long a trip for so small
a purpose as simply seeing Mother.
6 My precious Busy Bees, under twelve years of age,
are requested to visit me at a later date, which I hope
soon to name to them.

With love, Mother,



12 June 30, 1897

[New York Journal]


15 Please say through the New York Journal, to the
Christian Scientists of New York City and of the world
at large, that I was happy to receive at Concord, N. H.,

the call of about three thousand believers of my faith,
and that I was rejoiced at the appropriate beauty of
time and place which greeted them.

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1 I am especially desirous that it should be understood
that this was no festal occasion, no formal church cere-
3 monial, but simply my acquiescence in the request of my
church members that they might see the Leader of Chris-
tian Science.
6 The brevity of my remarks was due to a desire on my
part that the important sentiments uttered in my annual
Message to the church last Sunday should not be confused

with other issues, but should be emphasized in the minds
of all present here in Concord.


12 Beloved Brethren: - Welcome home! To your home
in my heart! Welcome to Pleasant View, but not
to varying views. I would present a gift to you
15 to-day, only that this gift is already yours. God hath
given it to all mankind. It is His coin, His currency;
it has His image and superscription. This gift is a

passage of Scripture; it is my sacred motto, and it
reads thus: -

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell

21 in in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself
also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine
heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in
24 Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment
as the noonday."
27 Beloved, some of you have come long distances to kneel
with us in sacred silence in blest communion - unity of
faith, understanding, prayer, and praise - and to return

in joy, bearing your sheaves with you. In parting I

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1 repeat to these dear members of my church: Trust in
Truth, and have no other trusts.
3 To-day is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "And the
ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion
with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they

shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sigh-
ing shall flee away."


9 Beloved Students: - The new Concord church is so
nearly completed that I think you would enjoy seeing it.
Therefore I hereby invite all my church communicants
12 who attend this communion, to come to Concord, and
view this beautiful structure, at two o'clock in the after-
noon, Monday, June 13, 1904.

Lovingly yours,




June 11, 1904

The Day in Concord

While on her regular afternoon drive Mrs. Eddy re-

21 sponded graciously to the silent greetings of the people
who were assembled on the lawn of the Unitarian church
and of the high school. Her carriage came to a stand-
24 still on North State Street, and she was greeted in behalf
of the church by the President, Mr. E. P. Bates, to
whom she presented as a love-token for the church a

handsome rosewood casket beautifully bound with bur-
nished brass.

The casket contained a gavel for the use of the

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1 President of The Mother Church. The wood of the head
of the gavel was taken from the old Yale College Athe-
3 naeum, the first chapel of the college. It was built in
1761, and razed in 1893 to make room for Vanderbilt
Hall. The wood in the handle was grown on the farm

of Mark Baker, father of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,
at Bow, N. H.

In presenting this gavel to President Bates, Mrs. Eddy


spoke as follows to the members of her church, The First
Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass.: -

"My Beloved Brethren: - Permit me to present to you

12 a little gift that has no intrinsic value save that which it
represents - namely, a material symbol of my spiritual
call to this my beloved church of over thirty thousand
15 members; and this is that call: In the words of our great
Master, 'Go ye into all the world,' 'heal the sick,' cast
out evil, disease, and death; 'Freely ye have received,

freely give.' You will please accept my thanks for your
kind, expert call on me."

In reply Mr. Bates said, -


"I accept this gift in behalf of the church, and for
myself and my successors in office.''

The box containing the gavel was opened the following

24 day in Boston at the annual meeting of The Mother
Church of Christ, Scientist, and the enclosed note from
Mrs. Eddy was read: -

"My Beloved Brethren: - You will please accept
from me the accompanying gift as a simple token of

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The following letter appeared in the Concord (N. H.)


newspapers after the visit of the Christian Scientists in
1904: -

Dear Mr. Editor: - Allow me through your paper to

6 thank the citizens of Concord for the generous hospi-
tality extended yesterday to the members of my church,
The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
9 After the Christian Science periodicals had given notice
that no preparations would be made for a large gathering
at this annual meeting of The Mother Church, I scarcely
12 supposed that a note, sent at the last moment, would bring
thousands here yesterday; but as many gifts had come
from Christian Scientists everywhere to help furnish and
15 beautify our new church building in Concord, it came to
me: Why not invite those who attend the communion
in Boston to take a peep at this church edifice on the day
18 when there are no formal exercises at the denominational
headquarters? The number of visitors, about four thou-
sand, exceeded my expectation, and my heart welcomed
21 each and all. It was a glad day for me - sweet to observe
with what unanimity my fellow-citizens vied with each
other to make the Christian Scientists' short stay so


Special thanks are due and are hereby tendered to his
Honor, the Mayor, for arranging the details and allowing

27 the visitors to assemble on the green surrounding the high
school; also to Mr. George D. Waldron, chairman of the
prudential committee of the Unitarian church, and to his

colaborers on said committee and to the church itself,
for their kindly foresight in granting permission, not only

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to use the beautiful lawn surrounding their church build-
ing, but also for throwing open their doors for the com-

3 fort and convenience of the Christian Scientists during
the day. The wide-spreading elms and soft greensward
proved an ideal meeting place. I greatly appreciate the
6 courtesy extended to my friends by the Wonolancet Club
in again opening their spacious club-house to them on this
occasion; and the courtesy of the efficient city marshal

and his staff of police extended to me throughout. And
last but not least, I thank the distinguished editors in my
home city for their reports of the happy occasion.


To the Rev. Franklin D. Ayer, D.D., Pastor Emeritus; the Rev.
George H. Reed, Pastor of the First Congregational Church,


Concord, N. H., Edward A. Moulton, John C. Thorne, William P.
Ballard, Henry K. Morrison, Deacons.

Beloved Brethren: - I have the pleasure of thanking

18 you for your kind invitation to attend the one hun-
dred and seventy-fifth anniversary of our time-honored
First Congregational Church in Concord, N. H., where
21 my parents first offered me to Christ in infant baptism.
For nearly forty years and until I had a church of my
own, I was a member of the Congregational Church in

Tilton, N. H.


To-day my soul can only sing and soar. An increas-

ing sense of God's love, omnipresence, and omnipotence


enfolds me. Each day I know Him nearer, love Him
more, and humbly pray to serve Him better. Thus

seeking and finding (though feebly), finally may we not


together rejoice in the church triumphant?

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1 I would love to be with you at this deeply interesting
anniversary, but my little church in Boston, Mass., of
3 thirty-six thousand communicants, together with the
organizations connected therewith, requires my constant
attention and time, with the exception of a daily drive.

Please accept the enclosed check for five hundred
dollars, to aid in repairing your church building.



November 14, 1905



Allow me to say to the good folk of Concord that the

12 growth and prosperity of our city cheer me. Its dear
churches, reliable editors, intelligent medical faculty,
up-to-date academies, humane institutions, provisions
15 for the army, and well-conducted jail and state prison, - if,
indeed, such must remain with us a little longer, - speak
for themselves. Our picturesque city, however, greatly
18 needs improved streets. May I ask in behalf of the public
this favor of our city government; namely, to macadam-
ize a portion of Warren Street and to macadamize North

State Street throughout?

Sweeter than the balm of Gilead, richer than the
diamonds of Golconda, dear as the friendship of those

24 we love, are justice, fraternity, and Christian charity.
The song of my soul must remain so long as I remain.
Let brotherly love continue.

I am sure that the counterfeit letters in circulation,
purporting to have my signature, must fail to influence the

minds of this dear people to conclusions the very opposite

30 of my real sentiments.

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