Close Of The Massachusetts Metaphysical College
From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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20 Much is said at this date, 1889, about Mrs. Eddy’s
Massachusetts Metaphysical College being the only
chartered College of Metaphysics. To make this plain,
the Publishing Committee of the Christian Scientist
Association has published in the Boston Traveler the
“To benefit the community, and more strongly mark
the difference between true and false teachers of mental
healing, the following history and statistics are officially
1 “Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy obtained a college charter
in January, 1881, with all the rights and privileges per-
taining thereunto (including the right to grant degrees)
under Act of 1874, Chapter 375, Section 4.
5 “This Act was repealed from and after January 31,
1882. Mrs. Eddy’s grant for a college, for metaphysical
purposes only, is the first on record in history, and no
charters were granted for similar colleges, except hers,
from January, 1881, till the repealing of said Act in
10 January, 1882.
“The substance of this Act is at present incorporated
in Public Statutes, Chapter 115, Section 2, with the fol-
lowing important restrictions: In accordance with Statutes
of 1883, Chapter 268, any officer, agent, or servant of any
15 corporation or association, who confers, or authorizes
to be conferred, any diploma or degree, shall be pun-
ished by a fine not less than five hundred dollars and
not more than one thousand dollars.
“All the mind-healing colleges (except Rev. Mrs.
20 Eddy’s) have simply an incorporated grant, which may
be called a charter, such as any stock company may ob-
tain for any secular purposes; but these so-called char-
ters bestow no rights to confer degrees. Hence to name
these institutions, under such charters, colleges, is a fraud-
25 ulent claim. There is but one legally chartered college
of metaphysics, with powers to confer diplomas and de-
grees, and that is the Massachusetts Metaphysical College,
of which Rev. Mrs. Eddy is founder and president.”
I have endeavored to act toward all students of Chris-
30 tian Science with the intuition and impulse of love. If
certain natures have not profited by my rebukes,—
1 some time, as Christian Scientists, they will know the
value of these rebukes. I am thankful that the neo-
phyte will be benefited by experience, although it will
cost him much, and in proportion to its worth.
5 I close my College in order to work in other directions,
where I now seem to be most needed, and where none
other can do the work. I withdraw from an overwhelm-
ing prosperity. My students have never expressed so
grateful a sense of my labors with them as now, and
10 never have been so capable of relieving my tasks as at
God bless my enemies, as well as the better part of
mankind, and gather all my students, in the bonds of
love and perfectness, into one grand family of Christ’s
Loyal Christian Scientists should go on in their pres-
ent line of labor for a good and holy cause. Their insti-
tutes have not yet accomplished all the good they are
capable of accomplishing; therefore they should con-
20 tinue, as at present, to send out students from these
sources of education, to promote the growing interest in
Christian Science Mind-healing.
There are one hundred and sixty applications lying on
the desk before me, for the Primary class in the Massa-
25 chusetts Metaphysical College, and I cannot do my best
work for a class which contains that number. When
these were taught, another and a larger number would
be in waiting for the same class instruction; and if I
should teach that Primary class, the other three classes—
30 one Primary and two Normal—would be delayed.
The work is more than one person can well accomplish,
and the imperative call is for my exclusive teaching.
1 From the scant history of Jesus and of his disciples,
we have no Biblical authority for a public institution.
This point, however, had not impressed me when I opened
my College. I desire to revise my book “Science and
5 Health with Key to the Scriptures,” and in order to do
this I must stop teaching at present. The work that
needs to be done, and which God calls me to outside
of College work, if left undone might hinder the progress
of our Cause more than my teaching would advance it:
10 therefore I leave all for Christ.
Deeply regretting the disappointment this will occa-
sion, and with grateful acknowledgments to the public
for its liberal patronage, I close my College.
MARY BAKER G. EDDY