Accession: 139.23.003
Editorial Title: Lucinda M. Reeves to Mary Baker Eddy, November 25, 1881
Author: Lucinda M. Reeves 
Recipient: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: November 25, 1881
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Lucinda M. Reeves on lined paper from Washington, D.C.
Editorial Note: Reeves thanks Eddy for her November 23, 1881, letter (not extant). She writes that she is always pleased and strengthened by Eddy's letters and by her kindness for someone so insignificant. Reeves expresses disappointment that she will not get to see Eddy as soon as she had hoped but assures Eddy of her trust in whomever she chooses to send to Washington, D.C. to help with Christian Science work. However, she warns that the person or persons Eddy sends must have the financial means to sustain themselves while they build up a paying practice of Christian Science healing. Reeves shares the challenges she has had in that regard, and she writes that her niece has been working as a seamstress so that Reeves can devote herself wholly to the Christian Science practice. Reeves then describes a patient who has rheumatism, which flares up when it is cold or there are storms. Reeves has healed her of headaches, malarial fever, and a toothache but wonders why she has not been successful in healing her rheumatism. The patient has other illnesses that Reeves has not been able to heal, including a painful cough, vomiting and stomach pain, hemorrhoids, prolapsus uteri, and difficulty with her monthly menstrual periods. Reeves wishes she could make the patient completely well. She asks Eddy to send her arguments with which to treat rheumatism and adds that it is a very common illness in the Washington, D.C. area. She also asks for the best arguments to use in treating hemorrhoids, as she feels that if she can heal them, she will attract other people who are willing to pay her. Reeves mentions a healing of a man with pleurisy, who had been treated with "mustard plasters" before turning to Reeves for treatment. He was soon completely well and went to work. She writes that chronic illnesses seem to cling strongly to her patients. Reeves has asked Eldridge J. Smith for help in facilitating the Eddys trip to Washington, D.C., but Smith said he is not able to help financially at this time. Reeves closes by saying that she wishes she could always know what is right and what is wrong and not make mistakes.
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