Accession: 025A.10.025
Editorial Title: Clara E. Choate to Mary Baker Eddy, March 1, 1882
Author: Clara E. Choate 
Recipient: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: March 1, 1882
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Clara E. Choate on lined paper.
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My Beloved Teacher
My faithful friend

Your letter written the 25 Mrs. Whiting handed me tonight it being the Associa. meeting. She feels there is some mistake as it came enclosed to her. I have sent one or two to you lately and am so glad to know that you are being received for all earth must sometime be proud of you.

Yesterday I held the meeting in LawrenceEditorial Note: Lawrence, Massachusetts and had over thirty and every one was pleased and will come again and bring others. I do feel this is the measure and when you take the Boston audience off my hands I shall use the time for some other locality for I sell more booksEditorial Note: Clara E. Choate was selling copies of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health. and gain a foothold for “Christian Science” as I cannot in any other way and really like this part of the work as much as healing & far better than teaching for I find that teaching is the hardest. My students are doing well as nearly all continue in coming to the meetings etc., I have many hopes and some expectations but if I am doomed to disappointment hope I shall bear it as well and patiently as my teacher whom I ever love & honor has done.

And now dear teacher about my husband, he is not one bit domestic & he will not take that position and as my rooms must be kept nice every day & the bell answered about every ten minutes to say nothing of washing & mending etc., etc. I must keep a girl for Mr. Choate would not sweep or dust any more than wash or iron or cook. I can have him here & support him in idlenessEditorial Note: George D. Choate struggled with alcoholism. His drinking often presented problems and Eddy was likely suggesting that he stay home to avoid the difficulties he created in public. but he is no dependence for any care & I must be relieved of these household duties. My girl is kept busy all the time & I cannot do the mending etc. for three which she now does without troubling me about it. I am sorry to trouble you with this but in justice to myself and to the immense work I am doing I must tell you the truth. I will certainly have him stay at home if you think best but he has distinctly said he would not take the place you propose, so what shall I do? He is now in Providence and has one or two in prospect and the last time he was home borrowed $5.00Editorial Note: $5.00 in 1882 is the equivalent of $126.15 in 2016. of me which like the hundreds previously borrowed will never be paid back. I would follow in full your advice if I could but I cannot get on one day without a girl. I should have to give one half I am doing and that I cannot do now. I have hope for some change and yet I see no reason for such a hope for he says all that ails him is my abuse and nothing else troubles him.

Oh, my, dear! History nor time can ever record a greater injustice than some of these silent and unseen wrongs done to you and myself by those that should ever defend and protect us.

But darling I promise you I shall never disgrace him nor myself and the Demons cannot make me.

In all I am doing I have but one man patient & he is old & busy. Neither a student nor hearer nor patient is with this exception other than Women!!

It certainly is an age of Women & it will be them that take this Truth on to its glory even as in the introduction. Woman was the first to conceive & bear it to the world through pain through travail through persecution & wrong that angels would weep over and man would blush & hide in shame if the whole truth were known.

Tomorrow is another meeting & if the day is fair I shall address about one hundred and I know I tell them truth or they would not come with such eagerness to hear more.

I do look forward to great anticipations for your return & hope my labors will meet your approval & love. Do go around all you can for you will have much to do on your return for Books must be written etc.

Remember me when you can for sometimes I get tired & lonely in all my busy life & remember I do love my husband & will bear in love patiently all that it is right for me to.

Regards to the Dr.Editorial Note: Asa Gilbert Eddy. Eddy did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “doctor.” & love most true to yourself.

Ever your loving student
Clara E. Choate

I bought the 18 booksEditorial Note: Copies of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. of Mr. Smith.

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My Beloved Teacher
My faithful friend

Your letter written the 25 Mrs. Whiting handed me tonight it being the Associa. meeting. She feels there is some mistake as it came enclosed to her. I have sent one or two to you lately and am so glad to know that you are being received for all earth must sometime be proud of you.

Yesterday I held the meeting in LawrenceEditorial Note: Lawrence, Massachusetts and had over thirty and every one was pleased and will come again and bring others. I do feel this is the measure and when you take the Boston audience off my hands I shall use the time for some other locality for I sell more booksEditorial Note: Clara E. Choate was selling copies of Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health. and gain a foothold for “Christian Science” as I cannot in any other way and really like this part of the work as much as healing & far better than teaching for I find that teaching is the hardest. My students are doing well as nearly all continue in coming to the meetings etc., I have many hopes and some expectations but if I am doomed to disappointment hope I shall bear it as well and patiently as my teacher whom I ever love & honor has done.

And now dear teacher about my husband, he is not one bit domestic & he will not take that position and as my rooms must be kept nice every day & the bell answered about every ten minutes to say nothing of washing & mending etc., etc. I must keep a girl for Mr. Choate would not sweep or dust any more than wash or iron or cook. I can have him here & support him in idlenessEditorial Note: George D. Choate struggled with alcoholism. His drinking often presented problems and Eddy was likely suggesting that he stay home to avoid the difficulties he created in public. but he is no dependence for any care & I must be relieved of these household duties. My girl is kept busy all the time & I cannot do the mending etc. for three which she now does without troubling me about it. I am sorry to trouble you with this but in justice to myself and to the immense work I am doing I must tell you the truth. I will certainly have him stay at home if you think best but he has distinctly said he would not take the place you propose, so what shall I do? He is now in Providence and has one or two in prospect and the last time he was home borrowed $5.00Editorial Note: $5.00 in 1882 is the equivalent of $126.15 in 2016. of me which like the hundreds previously borrowed will never be paid back. I would follow in full your advice if I could but I cannot get on one day without a girl. I should have to give one half I am doing and that I cannot do now. I have hope for some change and yet I see no reason for such a hope for he says all that ails him is my abuse and nothing else troubles him.

Oh, my, dear! History nor time can ever record a greater injustice than some of these silent and unseen wrongs done to you and myself by those that should ever defend and protect us.

But darling I promise you I shall never disgrace him nor myself and the Demons cannot make me.

In all I am doing I have but one man patient & he is old & busy. Neither a student nor hearer nor patient is with this exception other than Women!!

It certainly is an age of Women & it will be them that take this Truth on to its glory even as in the introduction. Woman was the first to conceive & bear it to the world through pain through travail through persecution & wrong that angels would weep over and man would blush & hide in shame if the whole truth were known.

Tomorrow is another meeting & if the day is fair I shall address about one hundred and I know I tell them truth or they would not come with such eagerness to hear more.

I do look forward to great anticipations for your return & hope my labors will meet your approval & love. Do go around all you can for you will have much to do on your return for Books must be written etc.

Remember me when you can for sometimes I get tired & lonely in all my busy life & remember I do love my husband & will bear in love patiently all that it is right for me to.

Regards to the Dr.Editorial Note: Asa Gilbert Eddy. Eddy did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “doctor.” & love most true to yourself.

Ever your loving student
Clara E. Choate

I bought the 18 booksEditorial Note: Copies of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. of Mr. Smith.