Chapter 7 — Pleasant View and Concord, N. H.
From Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy
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Table of Contents
- Invitation to Concord, July 4, 1897
- Visit to Concord, 1901
- Address at Pleasant View, June, 1903
- Visit to Concord, 1904
- The Day in Concord
- Card of Thanks
- To First Congregational Church
- To First Church of Christ, Scientist, Wilmington, N. C.
1 INVITATION TO CONCORD, JULY 4, 1897
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.
9 With love, Mother,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
12 June 30, 1897
[New York Journal]
VISIT TO CONCORD, 1901
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.,
18 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.
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-
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
9 with other issues, but should be emphasized in the minds
of all present here in Concord.
ADDRESS AT PLEASANT VIEW, JUNE, 1903
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
18 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
30 in joy, bearing your sheaves with you. In parting I
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
6 shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sigh-
ing shall flee away.”
VISIT TO CONCORD, 1904
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.
15 Lovingly yours,
MARY BAKER EDDY
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
18 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
27 handsome rosewood casket beautifully bound with bur-
The casket contained a gavel for the use of the
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
6 of Mark Baker, father of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy,
at Bow, N. H.
In presenting this gavel to President Bates, Mrs. Eddy
9 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,
18 freely give.’ You will please accept my thanks for your
kind, expert call on me.”
In reply Mr. Bates said, —
21 “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: —
27 “My Beloved Brethren: — You will please accept
from me the accompanying gift as a simple token of
CARD OF THANKS
The following letter appeared in the Concord (N. H.)
3 newspapers after the visit of the Christian Scientists in
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
30 colaborers on said committee and to the church itself,
for their kindly foresight in granting permission, not only
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
9 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 FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
To the Rev. Franklin D. Ayer, D.D., Pastor Emeritus; the Rev.
George H. Reed, Pastor of the First Congregational Church,
15 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
24 Tilton, N. H.
To-day my soul can only sing and soar. An increas-
ing sense of God’s love, omnipresence, and omnipotence
27 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
30 together rejoice in the church triumphant?
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.
6 Please accept the enclosed check for five hundred
dollars, to aid in repairing your church building.
PLEASANT VIEW, CONCORD, N. H.,
9 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
21 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.
27 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.
TO FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, WILMINGTON, N. C.
3 IN APPRECIATION OF A GIFT OF FIFTY DOLLARS IN GOLD TOWARDS
THE CONCORD (N. H.) STREET FUND
My Beloved Brethren: — Long ago you of the dear
6 South paved the way to my forever gratitude, and now
illustrate the past by your present love. God grant
that such great goodness, pointing the path to heaven
9 within you, hallow your Palmetto home with palms of
victory and songs of glory.