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             [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


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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

         Directors.”

         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 Boston.

         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


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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

         our race.

27    MARY BAKER EDDY

         March 25, 1895


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1      LIST OF LEADING NEWSPAPERS WHOSE ARTICLES

         ARE OMITTED

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

         omitted.

         EASTERN STATES

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.


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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.

         SOUTHERN STATES

         Commercial, Louisville, Ky.

18    Journal, Atlanta, Ga.

         Post, Washington, D. C.

         Telegram, New Orleans, La.

21    Times, New Orleans, La.

         Times-Herald, Dallas, Tex.

         WESTERN STATES

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.


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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.




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