Boston Sunday Globe
From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
15 [Boston Sunday Globe, January 6, 1895]
STATELY HOME FOR BELIEVERS IN GOSPEL HEALING —
18 A WOMAN OF WEALTH WHO DEVOTES ALL TO HER
Christian Science has shown its power over its students,
21 as they are called, by building a church by voluntary con-
tributions, the first of its kind; a church which will be
dedicated to-day with a quarter of a million dollars ex-
24 pended and free of debt.
The money has flowed in from all parts of the United
States and Canada without any special appeal, and it kept
27 coming until the custodian of funds cried “enough” and
refused to accept any further checks by mail or otherwise.
1 Men, women, and children lent a helping hand, some
giving a mite and some substantial sums. Sacrifices were
3 made in many an instance which will never be known in
Christian Scientists not only say that they can effect
6 cures of disease and erect churches, but add that they can
get their buildings finished on time, even when the feat
seems impossible to mortal senses. Read the following,
9 from a publication of the new denomination: —
“One of the grandest and most helpful features of this
glorious consummation is this: that one month before the
12 close of the year every evidence of material sense declared
that the church’s completion within the year 1894 tran-
scended human possibility. The predictions of workman
15 and onlooker alike were that it could not be completed
before April or May of 1895. Much was the ridicule
heaped upon the hopeful, trustful ones, who declared and
18 repeatedly asseverated to the contrary. This is indeed,
then, a scientific demonstration. It has proved, in most
striking manner, the oft-repeated declarations of our
21 textbooks, that the evidence of the mortal senses is
A week ago Judge Hanna withdrew from the pastorate
24 of the church, saying he gladly laid down his responsibili-
ties to be succeeded by the grandest of ministers — the
Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scrip-
27 tures.” This action, it appears, was the result of rules
made by Mrs. Eddy. The sermons hereafter will consist
of passages read from the two books by Readers, who will
30 be elected each year by the congregation.
1 A story has been abroad that Judge Hanna was so elo-
quent and magnetic that he was attracting listeners who
3 came to hear him preach, rather than in search of the
truth as taught. Consequently the new rules were formu-
lated. But at Christian Science headquarters this is denied;
6 Mrs. Eddy says the words of the judge speak to the point,
and that no such inference is to be drawn therefrom.
In Mrs. Eddy’s personal reminiscences, which are pub-
9 lished under the title of “Retrospection and Introspection,”
much is told of herself in detail that can only be touched
upon in this brief sketch.
12 Aristocratic to the backbone, Mrs. Eddy takes delight
in going back to the ancestral tree and in tracing those
branches which are identified with good and great names
15 both in Scotland and England.
Her family came to this country not long before the
Revolution. Among the many souvenirs that Mrs. Eddy
18 remembers as belonging to her grandparents was a heavy
sword, encased in a brass scabbard, upon which had been
inscribed the name of the kinsman upon whom the sword
21 had been bestowed by Sir William Wallace of mighty
Mrs. Eddy applied herself, like other girls, to her studies,
24 though perhaps with an unusual zest, delighting in philos-
ophy, logic, and moral science, as well as looking into the
ancient languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
27 Her last marriage was in the spring of 1877, when, at
Lynn, Mass., she became the wife of Asa Gilbert Eddy.
He was the first organizer of a Christian Science Sunday
30 School, of which he was the superintendent, and later he
1 attracted the attention of many clergymen of other de-
nominations by his able lectures upon Scriptural topics.
3 He died in 1882.
Mrs. Eddy is known to her circle of pupils and admirers
as the editor and publisher of the first official organ of this
6 sect. It was called the Journal of Christian Science, and
has had great circulation with the members of this fast-
9 In recounting her experiences as the pioneer of Chris-
tian Science, she states that she sought knowledge concern-
ing the physical side in this research through the different
12 schools of allopathy, homoeopathy, and so forth, without
receiving any real satisfaction. No ancient or modern
philosophy gave her any distinct statement of the Science
15 of Mind-healing. She claims that no human reason has
been equal to the question. And she also defines care-
fully the difference in the theories between faith-cure and
18 Christian Science, dwelling particularly upon the terms
belief and understanding, which are the key words respec-
tively used in the definitions of these two healing arts.
21 Besides her Boston home, Mrs. Eddy has a delightful
country home one mile from the State House of New
Hampshire’s quiet capital, an easy driving distance for
24 her when she wishes to catch a glimpse of the world. But
for the most part she lives very much retired, driving rather
into the country, which is so picturesque all about Con-
27 cord and its surrounding villages.
The big house, so delightfully remodelled and modern-
ized from a primitive homestead that nothing is left ex-
30 cepting the angles and pitch of the roof, is remarkably
1 well placed upon a terrace that slopes behind the build-
ings, while they themselves are in the midst of green
3 stretches of lawns, dotted with beds of flowering shrubs,
with here and there a fountain or summer-house.
Mrs. Eddy took the writer straight to her beloved “look-
6 out” — a broad piazza on the south side of the second
story of the house, where she can sit in her swinging chair,
revelling in the lights and shades of spring and summer
9 greenness. Or, as just then, in the gorgeous October
coloring of the whole landscape that lies below, across the
farm, which stretches on through an intervale of beautiful
12 meadows and pastures to the woods that skirt the valley
of the little truant river, as it wanders eastward.
It pleased her to point out her own birthplace. Straight
15 as the crow flies, from her piazza, does it lie on the brow
of Bow hill, and then she paused and reminded the reporter
that Congressman Baker from New Hampshire, her cousin,
18 was born and bred in that same neighborhood. The
photograph of Hon. Hoke Smith, another distinguished
relative, adorned the mantel.
21 Then my eye caught her family coat of arms and the
diploma given her by the Society of the Daughters of the
24 The natural and lawful pride that comes with a tincture
of blue and brave blood, is perhaps one of her characteris-
tics, as is many another well-born woman’s. She had a
27 long list of worthy ancestors in Colonial and Revolutionary
days, and the McNeils and General Knox figure largely in
her genealogy, as well as the hero who killed the ill-starred
1 This big, sunny room which Mrs. Eddy calls her den —
or sometimes “Mother’s room,” when speaking of her
3 many followers who consider her their spiritual Leader —
has the air of hospitality that marks its hostess herself.
Mrs. Eddy has hung its walls with reproductions of some
6 of Europe’s masterpieces, a few of which had been the
gifts of her loving pupils.
Looking down from the windows upon the tree-tops
9 on the lower terrace, the reporter exclaimed: “You have
lived here only four years, and yet from a barren waste
of most unpromising ground has come forth all this
“Four years!” she ejaculated; “two and a half, only
two and a half years.” Then, touching my sleeve and
15 pointing, she continued: “Look at those big elms! I had
them brought here in warm weather, almost as big as they
are now, and not one died.”
18 Mrs. Eddy talked earnestly of her friendships . . . .
She told something of her domestic arrangements, of how
she had long wished to get away from her busy career in
21 Boston, and return to her native granite hills, there to
build a substantial home that should do honor to that
precinct of Concord.
24 She chose the stubbly old farm on the road from Con-
cord, within one mile of the “Eton of America,” St. Paul’s
School. Once bought, the will of the woman set at work,
27 and to-day a strikingly well-kept estate is the first impres-
sion given to the visitor as he approaches Pleasant View.
She employs a number of men to keep the grounds and
30 farm in perfect order, and it was pleasing to learn that this
1 rich woman is using her money to promote the welfare of
industrious workmen, in whom she takes a vital interest.
3 Mrs. Eddy believes that “the laborer is worthy of his
hire,” and, moreover, that he deserves to have a home and
family of his own. Indeed, one of her motives in buying
6 so large an estate was that she might do something for the
toilers, and thus add her influence toward the advancement
of better home life and citizenship.