From Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
[Concord Evening Monitor, March 23, 1895]
21 TESTIMONIAL AND GIFT
TO REV. MARY BAKER EDDY, FROM THE FIRST CHURCH OF
CHRIST, SCIENTIST, IN BOSTON
24 Rev. Mary Baker Eddy received Friday, from the Chris-
tian Science Board of Directors, Boston, a beautiful and
unique testimonial of the appreciation of her labors and
27 loving generosity in the Cause of their common faith. It
was a facsimile of the corner-stone of the new church of
1 the Christian Scientists, just completed, being of granite,
about six inches in each dimension, and contains a solid
3 gold box, upon the cover of which is this inscription: —
“To our Beloved Teacher, the Reverend Mary Baker
Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, from
6 her affectionate Students, the Christian Science Board of
On the under side of the cover are the facsimile sig-
9 natures of the Directors, — Ira O. Knapp, William B.
Johnson, Joseph Armstrong, and Stephen A. Chase,
with the date, “1895.” The beautiful souvenir is en-
12 cased in an elegant plush box.
Accompanying the stone testimonial was the following
address from the Board of Directors: —
15 Boston, March 20, 1895
To the Reverend Mary Baker Eddy, our Beloved
Teacher and Leader: — We are happy to announce to you
18 the completion of The First Church of Christ, Scientist,
In behalf of your loving students and all contributors
21 wherever they may be, we hereby present this church to
you as a testimonial of love and gratitude for your labors
and loving sacrifice, as the Discoverer and Founder of
24 Christian Science, and the author of its textbook, “Sci-
ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures.”
We therefore respectfully extend to you the invitation
27 to become the permanent pastor of this church, in con-
nection with the Bible and the book alluded to above,
which you have already ordained as our pastor. And we
1 most cordially invite you to be present and take charge
of any services that may be held therein. We especially
3 desire you to be present on the twenty-fourth day of March,
eighteen hundred and ninety-five, to accept this offering,
with our humble benediction.
6 Lovingly yours,
IRA O. KNAPP, JOSEPH ARMSTRONG,
WILLIAM B. JOHNSON, STEPHEN A. CHASE,
9 The Christian Science Board of Directors
REV. MRS. EDDY’S REPLY
Beloved Directors and Brethren: — For your costly offer-
12 ing, and kind call to the pastorate of “The First Church
of Christ, Scientist,” in Boston — accept my profound
thanks. But permit me, respectfully, to decline their ac-
15 ceptance, while I fully appreciate your kind intentions.
If it will comfort you in the least, make me your Pastor
Emeritus, nominally. Through my book, your textbook,
18 I already speak to you each Sunday. You ask too much
when asking me to accept your grand church edifice. I
have more of earth now, than I desire, and less of heaven;
21 so pardon my refusal of that as a material offering. More
effectual than the forum are our states of mind, to bless
mankind. This wish stops not with my pen — God give
24 you grace. As our church’s tall tower detains the sun,
so may luminous lines from your lives linger, a legacy to
27 MARY BAKER EDDY
March 25, 1895
1 LIST OF LEADING NEWSPAPERS WHOSE ARTICLES
3 From Canada to New Orleans, and from the Atlantic
to the Pacific ocean, the author has received leading news-
papers with uniformly kind and interesting articles on
6 the dedication of The Mother Church. They were, how-
ever, too voluminous for these pages. To those which are
copied she can append only a few of the names of other
9 prominent newspapers whose articles are reluctantly
12 Advertiser, Calais, Me.
Advertiser, Boston, Mass.
Farmer, Bridgeport, Conn.
15 Independent, Rockland, Mass.
Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Me.
News, New Haven, Conn.
18 News, Newport, R. I.
Post, Boston, Mass.
Post, Hartford, Conn.
21 Republican, Springfield, Mass.
Sentinel, Eastport, Me.
Sun, Attleboro, Mass.
24 MIDDLE STATES
Advertiser, New York City.
Bulletin, Auburn, N. Y.
27 Daily, York, Pa.
Evening Reporter, Lebanon, Pa.
Farmer, Bridgeport, N. Y.
30 Herald, Rochester, N. Y.
Independent, Harrisburg, Pa.
Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 Independent, New York City.
Journal, Lockport, N. Y.
3 Knickerbocker, Albany, N. Y.
News, Buffalo, N. Y.
News, Newark, N. J.
6 Once A Week, New York City.
Post, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Press, Albany, N. Y.
9 Press, New York City.
Press, Philadelphia, Pa.
Saratogian, Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
12 Sun, New York City.
Telegram, Philadelphia, Pa.
Telegram, Troy, N. Y.
15 Times, Trenton, N. J.
Commercial, Louisville, Ky.
18 Journal, Atlanta, Ga.
Post, Washington, D. C.
Telegram, New Orleans, La.
21 Times, New Orleans, La.
Times-Herald, Dallas, Tex.
24 Bee, Omaha, Neb.
Bulletin, San Francisco, Cal.
Chronicle, San Francisco, Cal.
27 Elite, Chicago, Ill.
Enquirer, Oakland, Cal.
Free Press, Detroit, Mich.
30 Gazette, Burlington, Iowa.
Herald, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Herald, St. Joseph, Mo.
33 Gazette, Burlington, Iowa.Journal, Columbus, Ohio.
Journal, Topeka, Kans.
Leader, Bloomington, Ill.
36 Gazette, Burlington, Iowa.Leader, Cleveland, Ohio.
News, St. Joseph, Mo.
1 News-Tribune, Duluth, Minn.
Pioneer-Press, St. Paul, Minn.
3 Post-lntelligencer, Seattle, Wash.
Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sentinel, Indianapolis, Ind.
6 Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis.
Star, Kansas City, Mo.
Telegram, Portland, Ore.
9 Times, Chicago, Ill.
Times, Minneapolis, Minn.
Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.
12 Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Free Press, London, Can.