From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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Editor of Christian Science Journal:—You will oblige
me by giving place in your Journal to the following notice.
The idea and purpose of a Liberty Bell is pleasing, and
can be made profitable to the heart of our country. I feel
25 assured that many Christian Scientists will respond to this
letter by contributions.
MARY BAKER EDDY
1 COLUMBIAN LIBERTY BELL COMMITTEE,
1505 Penna. Ave., Washington, D. C.
TO THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:—
It has been determined to create a Columbian Liberty
5 Bell, to be placed by the lovers of liberty and peace in
the most appropriate place in the coming World’s Expo-
sition at Chicago. After the close of the Exhibition this
bell will pass from place to place throughout the world
as a missionary of freedom, coming first to the capital
10 of the nation under the care of our society.
Then it will go to Bunker Hill or Liberty Island, to
the battle-field of New Orleans (1812), to San Francisco,
to the place where any great patriotic celebration is being
held, until 1900, when it will be sent to the next World’s
15 Exhibition, which takes place at Paris, France. There it
will continue until that Exhibition closes.
When not in use in other places, it will return to Wash-
ington under the care of the Daughters of the American
Revolution. Washington will be its home, and from there
20 it will journey from place to place, fulfilling its mission
throughout the world.
The following is the proposed use of the bell: It shall
ring at sunrise and sunset; at nine o’clock in the morn-
ing on the anniversaries of the days on which great events
25 have occurred marking the world’s progress toward liberty;
at twelve o’clock on the birthdays of the “creators of
liberty;” and at four o’clock it will toll on the anniver-
saries of their death. (It will always ring at nine o’clock
on October 11th, in recognition of the organization on
30 that day of the Daughters of the American Revolution.)
… The responsibility of its production, and the direc-
tion of its use, have been placed in the hands of a
1 committee of women representing each State and Ter-
ritory, one representative from each Republic in the
world, and a representative from the patriotic societies,
—Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution,
5 the Lyceum League of America, the Society of Ger-
man Patriots, the Human Freedom League, and kindred
The National Board of Management has placed upon
me the responsibility of representing the National Society
10 of the Daughters of the American Revolution upon the
General Committee, and this circular is sent to every
member of the society, asking for her personal coopera-
tion in making the undertaking successful. In creating
the bell it is particularly desired that the largest number
15 of persons possible shall have a part in it. For this reason
small contributions from many persons are to be asked
for, rather than large contributions from a few. They
are to be of two kinds:—
First: Material that can be made a part of the bell;
20 articles of historic interest will be particularly appre-
ciated—gold, silver, bronze, copper, and nickel can be
Second: Of money with which to pay for the bell.
Each member of the society is asked to contribute one
25 cent to be fused into the bell, and twenty-five cents to
pay for it. She is also asked to collect two dollars from
others, in pennies, if possible, and send with the amount
the name of each contributor. In order that the bell
shall be cast April 30th, the anniversary of the inaugu-
30 ration of George Washington as the first President of
the United States, we ask every one receiving this cir-
cular to act at once.
1 In forwarding material to be melted into the bell, please
send fullest historical description. This will be entered
carefully in a book which will accompany the bell wherever
5 … As the motto has not yet been decided upon, any
ideas on that subject will be gratefully received; we will
also welcome suggestions of events to be celebrated and
names to be commemorated.
Very cordially yours,
ex-Vice-President General, D. A. R.
Contributions should be sent to the Liberty National
Bank, corner Liberty and West Streets, New York, and
a duplicate letter written, as a notification of the same,
15 to Miss Mary Desha, 1505 Penna. Ave., Washington,
D. C., or to Miss Minnie F. Mickley, Mickleys, Pa.
We would add, as being of interest, that Mrs. Eddy is
a member of the above organization, having been made
such by the special request of the late Mrs. Harrison,
20 wife of the ex-President, who was at that time the Presi-