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       COMMUNION, JANUARY 2, 1898


       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
6     holidays.

       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;
12    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.

24    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
3     a destiny more grand than can issue from the brain of
       a dreamer.

       That glory only is imperishable which is fixed in one’s
6     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
9     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
15    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
30    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-
9     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,”
30    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-
3     festation of the truth commending ourselves to every
       man’s conscience.”



       COMMUNION, JUNE 4, 1899


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
30    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
3     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
9     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
18    thrills the soul.

       The members of the Board of Education, under the
       auspices of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, have
21    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,
27    the bridegroom cometh! Are our lamps trimmed and
       burning?

       The doom of the Babylonish woman, referred to in Reve-
30    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,
27    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-
30    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
3     metaphysics.

       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
18    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?
30    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;
18    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-
30    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
9     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
27    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
30    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
30    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
15    spirit, speak the “new tongue” — and may thought soar
       and Soul be.



       ADDRESS AT ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 6, 1899


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.”

30    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:
6     “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
       enemies.

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;
30    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
6     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.



       A QUESTION ANSWERED


       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.

18                          MARY BAKER EDDY
       PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
       May 11, 1903



       LETTER OF THE PASTOR EMERITUS, JUNE, 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
27    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-
3     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
12    be eclipsed by some lost opportunity, some imperative
       demand not yet met.

       Truth, Life, and Love will never lose their claim on us.
15    And here let me add: —


       Truth happifies life in the hamlet or town;
       Life lessens all pride — its pomp and its frown —
18       Love comes to our tears like a soft summer shower,
       To beautify, bless, and inspire man’s power.



       A LETTER FROM MRS. EDDY


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-
24    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
30    and physical vigor.”


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1              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
6     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
15    M. Baker, Mr. Archibald McLellan, and Mr. Josiah E.
       Fernald.

       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,
21                       MARY BAKER EDDY
       PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
       March 22, 1907



       LETTER TO THE MOTHER CHURCH


       THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, BOSTON, MASS.


       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
30    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
6     our Lord as depicted in the chapter Atonement and
       Eucharist, in “Science and Health with Key to the
       Scriptures.”


       MARY BAKER EDDY


9     PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
       April 2, 1907



       CARD


       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
18    New Hampshire.

       2. Archibald McLellan, editor-in-chief of the Christian
       Science periodicals, circulating in the five grand divisions
21    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.

       MARY BAKER EDDY

30    PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
       April 3, 1907


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       MRS. EDDY’S AFFIDAVIT


       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
9     both substance and penmanship: —


       HON. JUDGE CHAMBERLIN, CONCORD, N. H.


       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-
15    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-
30    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
12    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
18    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,
       MARY BAKER EDDY

       PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
24       May 16, 1907


       STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Merrimack, ss.


       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.

30       Before me:               ALLEN HOLLIS,
       Justice of the Peace


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       NOTA BENE


       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,
15    irresistible, eternal.



       A WORD TO THE WISE


       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
21    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,
27    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
       them.”

       MARY BAKER EDDY

9     CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.



       [Boston Globe]


       ABOLISHING THE COMMUNION


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
24    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.

       MARY BAKER EDDY

       CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.,
30       June 21, 1908


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1       [Boston Globe]


       COMMUNION SEASON IS ABOLISHED


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-
27    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,
3     2:16.) “

       [Mrs. Eddy has only abolished the disappointment of
       communicants who come long distances and then find no
6     seats in The Mother Church. — EDITOR Sentinel.]



       MRS EDDY’S REPLY


       JUDGE CLIFFORD P. SMITH, LL.B., C.S.B.,
9        First Reader, The Mother Church, Boston, Mass.


       Beloved Christian Scientist: — Accept my thanks for
       your approval of abolishing the communion season of
12    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.

21               Most truly yours,
       MARY BAKER EDDY

       BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.
24            June 24, 1908



       THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


       Beloved Students: — I thank you for your kind invi-
27    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
3     Leader will then be sure that they are blessed in their
       results.

       Lovingly yours,
       MARY BAKER EDDY

6     BROOKLINE, MASS.,
       June 5, 1909



       MRS. EDDY’S STATEMENTS


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-
12    bers of my household and by those with whom I have
       appointments.

       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
18    the discoverer of an eternal truth cannot be a temporal
       fraud.

       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
24    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
       us?”

30                           MARY BAKER EDDY

       CHESTNUT HILL, MASS.
       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.: —


3     FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, 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,
9                            MARY BAKER EDDY

       BOX G, BROOKLINE, MASS.
       June 7, 1909




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