Accession: 277.41.008
Editorial Title: Jennie B. Fenn to Mary Baker Eddy, October 25, 1885
Author: Jennie B. Fenn 
Recipient: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: October 25, 1885
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Jennie B. Fenn on her embossed lined printed stationery from Omaha, Nebraska.
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My dearly Beloved Teacher,

Your second letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. was quite a rebuke to me, not but what I have thought letters to you, Yes quantities, of them, And have been with you O," So many times The one uppermost thought is to be with you and get more spiritual understanding, my desire is to be perfectMatt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. in all things, so far as my understanding goes, I do feel that you my darling, will be with us for a longAs Written:along long time, long, enough, to carry my thought to the height, that I know was voiced, to me. I will make you a second "St Paul," I stand in awe pondering over it, Will I ever be able to reach that high standard. As to preach before a congregation. I do notAs Written:donot know when that time is to be, but I do know that you beloved of all, earth, must teach poor simple me, Dear I do not want to appear to you bigoted in this great great subject. As I tell you, I feel awe'd to think of it, This ScienceEditorial Note: Christian Science includes so much and I know so little of its wonderful As Written: wonderfull beauties; I do desire to do the will of God," far as I know His will. Your 1st letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. dear in regard to Mrs Colman, was quite a thunderboltAs Written:thunder bolt to me, for I felt as though I were in some way to blame, This is a long story but I will make it short as I can, while in BostonEditorial Note: Boston, Massachusetts, I had spoken to a number of the ScientistsEditorial Note: Christian Scientists about coming out west, knowing what a work there is to be done, and I did notAs Written:didnot like to be alone in this big field, alone you will remember the little conversation we had about some BeatriceEditorial Note: Beatrice, Nebraska, patients of mine, a Mrs Benford and Mrs Stevenson & Mr Rogers, you asked me to write them to come into your Class, Rogers is a brother of Mrs Stevenson, Mr R. could not raise the money to go to you as he had planned As Written: planed to do, and it was such a sure disappointment As Written: disapointment to him, that his Sister could go and he must be left out, that the man was almost wild in belief, it made his sister feel so bad that she gone up going on account of the brothers inability. to go to Boston. Mrs S. feared that if she did go her brother would get back to the old beliefs, as he was in that state of mind, it was her duty to remain at home and look after him, Mrs Benford knowing the circumstance would not go alone, then they As Written: thay come to the conclusion not to go chicagoEditorial Note: Chicago, Illinois, but to have someone come there to Beatrice and teach such as wished to study, Some one in Beatrice had told them of a Mrs Morris in chicago, that they could get, so Mrs Benford wrote me to that effect, I answered at once for them to stop all such proceedings untilAs Written:untill theyAs Written:thay had more particulars from me, Or from who this Mrs Morris was, well just think of it, this Mrs Morris was going to teach Christian ScienceAs Written:C. S. she claimed for $2500Editorial Note: $25.00 in 1885 is the equivalent of $658.91 in 2019. a piece, I felt that it would never do to have anybodyAs Written:any body like that, so I wrote Mrs. B. and Mrs. S. to come up to OmahaEditorial Note: Omaha, Nebraska and have a talk with me before they engaged anyoneAs Written:any one that you or I did not know anything about— Dear Mrs Eddy I should have continued saying what I had to say about. getting someone to come out to Omaha Mrs Colman was one of the parties that I had spoken to, but at that time her answer was like all the rest did notAs Written:didnot want to leave Boston, said she had been west once and did not succeed, so thought would not try it again, AnywayAs Written:Any way she said that Mrs Eddy did not like to have her good students leave her, well that was all right I said no more, now I can go on with my little story, before Mrs B. and Mrs S. came up to Omaha, a letter come from Mrs Colman, telling me of her condition, and that you had advised her to go west to Omaha, she said I asked Mrs Eddy if she intended for me to teach and practice as I had done and your reply was Yes, she wrote me quite a long letter, after she came was very anxious for me to destroy As Written: distroy it why she wishes it I can hardly understand I would liked to have sent it to you to read. She says in her letter If you wish to write Mrs Eddy for advice on this subject do so, writing as she did; I took it for granted of course that it was all right, for her to come here and teach if she could, Or I certainly should have written As Written: writen as I intended to in the first of it. And tell you of those dear ones that through my understanding have been led to know a little of Truth, and for you to send someone that I could recommend to these peopleAs Written:peopal, for they count my word as something, and I know that; and would not say a word that would harm them in any way, or lead them astray, when Mrs Colman's letter came telling me the advice you had given her to come west, I was glad, for I did notAs Written:didnot think, that one of your good students as she claimed to be, would do anything but just what you said, was best for them to do, so I did not stop to question, feeling it was all right becauseAs Written:be caused she said that you advised it so until As Written: untill certain events were over. I have felt since I came into scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science that to do this work well, it must be honest, upright, and pure in heartMatt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. , and how anyoneAs Written:any one can be differently As Written: differantly I don’t As Written: dont understand, I telegraphed for Mrs C. to come as there were three that wished to be taught, Christian ScienceAs Written:C.S. she came right on the Summons, went to Beatrice and there has a Class of nine, your letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. came telling me she was not qualified for teaching, what to do I did not know, I did not see how I could hardly go there and break up the class, I tell you dear Mrs Eddy. I did feel terribly about it, but I finely settled down to this thought, that Mrs C. was better than Mrs Morris who would teach them nothing but mesmerism, But to satisfy myself more fully, I went down to Beatrice and talked with those who had been healed, and by the way six of the nine had been my patients, and one gentleman that was in the class I had healed his wife and baby. Making seven as I might say, I found them all very enthusiastic, about Christian ScienceAs Written:C.S. and Mrs C. I was pleased to see that, I should liked to have sat As Written: set through some of the lessons to have satisfied As Written: satisfide myself more that she was able to teach the practical part As Written: prat of Christian ScienceAs Written:C.S. but I could not do it, people As Written: peopal were wild to see that wonderfulAs Written:wonderfull Mrs Fenn, I was thronged from early morning untilAs Written:untill late at night, I asked Mrs C if she would call a students meeting, the class had then gone through five lessons, she did so. And dear Mrs Eddy you would I am sure been pleased, could you have heard her unfold this wonderfulAs Written:wonderfull scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science to her class, she went beyond my expectation. I asked her. a good many questions not in class of course to draw her out, she has done very well, but could not lift my thought as high as I should liked to have gone, I talked with each individual and found that all were pleased with their teacher I believe that Mrs C. has been conscientious As Written: concientious in teaching this class. I think she feels the responsibility of teaching them as perfectly as she knows how, that is so far as she has gone, I do notAs Written:donot claim to be a Judge I cant, I am only a Babe just beginning to creep, I do notAs Written:donot mean to present to statements to you dear Mrs Eddy, I don’t As Written: dont wish to excuse myself in any way, if I am to blame in not acting more wisely, then I should take the consequences, one thing is certain Mrs C. lauds you to the skyes, I feel that she wants to do right in this matter, I made As Written: mad a few remarks to the students, that they must not look for Mrs C to carry them as high as Mrs Eddy could, And there was not a student of Mrs Eddy's that was able to teach, or gives only primary instructions, Mrs C. has told them the same, and advised them to go to you as soon as they can, They As Written: Thay all say themselves that they As Written: thay will never be satisfied As Written: satisfide until As Written: untill they As Written: thay have been to Mrs Eddy, As I looked over the students I could not but feel a regret that those good, pure minds should be instructed by you, I have three beautiful As Written: beautifull minds now, which no one shall have but you, I also have, I think my Clergyman, for you he is getting quite interested and says that when he is healed that I have gained the victory and he will be ready for Christian ScienceAs Written:C.S. he wants to know all about the college, so I have written him to come down and we will talk college matters over, In thinking the matter over, I don’t As Written: dont believe that I shall ever want to teach, after my return home I had little to do, but it was only on account of the peopleAs Written:peopel, thinking I was away, now I am getting busy again, thank God, Miss Lulu Blackman who was in your last class called on me on her way home. She speaks highly of you dear, I learned that Julia Burnham had not a question to ask, well I am glad that she had her sails taken in, and there is no one that can do it as beautifully as you dear, I had a letter from Mrs Hopkins she says that she is not at the Journal anymoreAs Written:any more, I don’t As Written: dont understand that, how could you get along without her, it has always seemed to me, that there was no one outside of yourself who was particularly, adapted. to it the little MagMrs C. class being closed will return to Omaha Monday, to make this her home for the present and wait the coming of her husband she tells me he is entering your class for instructions, well I hope there will be good honest workers here, I don’t As Written: dont want any others around As Written: arround me, I hope dear Mrs Eddy that I have not exhausted all your patience As Written: patients by reading such a long letter, but I don’t As Written: dont see how I could help it in this case, A word more then I will stop, My husband, hardly know what to say sometimesAs Written:some times I think he is being converted, and then he acts as bad as ever, my cry goes up when shall I be set free, Dear Mrs Eddy he is a hindrance As Written: hinderence to my work, I know this is nothing but it is so hard to make it appear as such, the malicious argument is so strong, But there, I won’tAs Written:wont, make it stronger by admitting it. Will close with a heart full of love to you my dear dear Mrs Eddy,

Your faithfulAs Written:faithfull Student
Mrs E.B. Fenn

Please excuse all blunders I have written As Written: writen in a great hurry — F

277.41.008
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Reproduced from the archive of The Mary Baker Eddy Library
My dearly Beloved Teacher,

Your second letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. was quite a rebuke to me, not but what I have thought letters to you, Yes quantities, of them, And have been with you O," So many times The one uppermost thought is to be with you and get more spiritual understanding, my desire is to be perfectMatt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. in all things, so far as my understanding goes, I do feel that you my darling, will be with us for alongCorrected:a long long time, long, enough, to carry my thought to the height, that I know was voiced, to me. I will make you a second "St Paul," I stand in awe pondering over it, Will I ever be able to reach that high standard. As to preach before a congregation. I donotCorrected:do not know when that time is to be, but I do know that you beloved of all, earth, must teach poor simple me, Dear I do not want to appear to you bigoted in this great great subject. As I tell you, I feel awe'd to think of it, This ScienceEditorial Note: Christian Science includes so much and I know so little of its wonderfull Corrected: wonderful beauties; I do desire to do the will of God," far as I know His will. Your 1st letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. dear in regard to Mrs Colman, was quite a thunder boltCorrected:thunderbolt to me, for I felt as though I were in some way to blame, This is a long story but I will make it short as I can, while in BostonEditorial Note: Boston, Massachusetts, I had spoken to a number of the ScientistsEditorial Note: Christian Scientists about coming out west, knowing what a work there is to be done, and I didnotCorrected:did not like to be alone in this big field, alone you will remember the little conversation we had about some BeatriceEditorial Note: Beatrice, Nebraska, patients of mine, a Mrs Benford and Mrs Stevenson & Mr Rogers, you asked me to write them to come into your Class, Rogers is a brother of Mrs Stevenson, Mr R. could not raise the money to go to you as he had planed Corrected: planned to do, and it was such a sure disapointment Corrected: disappointment to him, that his Sister could go and he must be left out, that the man was almost wild in belief, it made his sister feel so bad that she gone up going on account of the brothers inability. to go to Boston. Mrs S. feared that if she did go her brother would get back to the old beliefs, as he was in that state of mind, it was her duty to remain at home and look after him, Mrs Benford knowing the circumstance would not go alone, then thay Corrected: they come to the conclusion not to go chicagoEditorial Note: Chicago, Illinois, but to have someone come there to Beatrice and teach such as wished to study, Some one in Beatrice had told them of a Mrs Morris in chicago, that they could get, so Mrs Benford wrote me to that effect, I answered at once for them to stop all such proceedings untillCorrected:until thayCorrected:they had more particulars from me, Or from who this Mrs Morris was, well just think of it, this Mrs Morris was going to teach C. S.Expanded:Christian Science she claimed for $2500Editorial Note: $25.00 in 1885 is the equivalent of $658.91 in 2019. a piece, I felt that it would never do to have any bodyCorrected:anybody like that, so I wrote Mrs. B. and Mrs. S. to come up to OmahaEditorial Note: Omaha, Nebraska and have a talk with me before they engaged any oneCorrected:anyone that you or I did not know anything about— Dear Mrs Eddy I should have continued saying what what I had to say about. getting someone to come out to Omaha Mrs Colman was one of the parties that I had spoken to, but at that time her answer was like all the rest didnotCorrected:did not want to leave Boston, said she had been west once and did not succeed, so thought would not try it again, Any wayCorrected:Anyway she said that Mrs Eddy did not like to have her good students leave her, well that was all right I said no more, now I can go on with my little story, before Mrs B. and Mrs S. came up to Omaha, a letter come from Mrs Colman, telling me of her condition, and that you had advised her to go west to Omaha, she said I asked Mrs Eddy if she intended for me to teach and practice as I had done and your reply was Yes, she wrote me quite a long letter, after she came was very anxious for me to distroy Corrected: destroy it why she wishes it I can hardly understand I would liked to have sent it to you to read. She says in her letter If you wish to write Mrs Eddy for advice on this subject do so, writing as she did; I took it for granted of course that it was all right, for her to come here and teach if she could, Or I certainly should have writen Corrected: written as I intended to ido in the first of it. And tell you of those dear ones that through my understanding have been led to know a little of Truth, and for you to send someone that I could recommend to these peopalCorrected:people, for they count my word as something, and I know that; and would not say a word that would harm them in any way, or lead them astray, when Mrs Colman's letter came telling me the advice you had given her to come west, I was glad, for I didnotCorrected:did not think, that one of your good students as she claimed to be, would do anything but just what you said, was best for them to do, so I did not stop to question, feeling it was all right be causedCorrected:because she said that you advised it so untill Corrected: until certain events were over. I have felt since I came into scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science that to do this work well, it must be honest, upright, and pure in heartMatt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. , and how any oneCorrected:anyone can be differantly Corrected: differently I dont Corrected: don’t understand, I telegraphed for Mrs C. to come as there were three that wished to be taught, C.S.Expanded:Christian Science she came right on the Summons, went to Beatrice and there has a Class of nine, your letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. came telling me she was not qualified for teaching, what to do I did not know, I did not see how I could hardly go there and break up the class, I tell you dear Mrs Eddy. I did feel terribly about it, but I finely settled down to this thought, that Mrs C. was better than Mrs Morris who would teach them nothing but mesmerism, But to satisfy myself more fully, I went down to Beatrice and talked with those who had been healed, and by the way six of the nine had been my patients, and one gentleman that was in the class I had healed his wife and baby. Making seven as I might say, I found them all very enthusiastic, about C.S.Expanded:Christian Science and Mrs C. I was pleased to see that, I should liked to have set Corrected: sat through some of the lessons to have satisfide Corrected: satisfied myself more that she was able to teach the practical prat Corrected: part of C.S.Expanded:Christian Science but I could not do it, peopal Corrected: people were wild to see that wonderfullCorrected:wonderful Mrs Fenn, I was thronged from early morning untillCorrected:until late at night, I asked Mrs C if she would call a students meeting, the class had thens gone through five lessons, she did so. And dear Mrs Eddy you would I am sure been pleased, could you have heard her unfold this wonderfullCorrected:wonderful scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science to her class, she went beyond my expectation. I asked her. a good many questions not in class of course to draw her out, she has done very well, but could not lift my thought as high as I should liked to have gone, I talked with each individual and found that all were pleased with their teacher I believe that Mrs C. has been concientious Corrected: conscientious in teaching this class. I think she feels the responsibility of teaching them as perfectly as she [?] Unclear or illegible  knows how, that is so far as she has gone, I donotCorrected:do not claim to be a Judge I cant, I am only a Babe just beginning to creep, I donotCorrected:do not mean to present to statements to you dear Mrs Eddy, I dont Corrected: don’t wish to excuse myself in any way, if I am to blame in not acting more wisely, then I should take the consequences, one thing is certain Mrs C. lauds you to the [?] Unclear or illegible  skyes, I feel that she wants to do right in this matter, I mad Corrected: made a few remarks to the students, that they must not look for Mrs C to carry them as high as Mrs Eddy could, And there was not a student of Mrs Eddy's that was able to teach, or gives only primary instructions, Mrs C. has told them the same, and advised them to go to you as soon as they can, Thay Corrected: They all say themselves that thay Corrected: they will never be satisfide Corrected: satisfied untill Corrected: until thay Corrected: they have been to Mrs Eddy, As I looked over the students I could not but feel a regret that those good, pure minds should be instructed by you, I have three beautifull Corrected: beautiful minds now, which no one shall have but you, I also have, I think my Clergyman, for you he is getting quite interested and says that when he is healed that I have gained the victory and he will be ready for C.S.Expanded:Christian Science he wants to know all about the college, so I have written him to come down and we will talk college matters over, In thinking the matter over, I dont Corrected: don’t believe that I shall ever want to teach, after my return home I had little to do, but it was only on account of the peopelCorrected:people, thinking I was away, now I am getting busy again, thank God, Miss Lulu Blackman who was in your last class called on me on her way home. She speaks highly of you dear, I learned that Julia Burnham had not a question to ask, well I am glad that she had her sails taken in, and there is no one that can do it as beautifully as you dear, I had a letter from Mrs Hopkins she says that she is not at the Journal any moreCorrected:anymore, I dont Corrected: don’t understand that, how could you get along without her, it has always seemed to me, that there was no one outside of yourself who was particularly, adapted. to it the little MagMrs C. class being closed will return to Omaha Monday, to make this her home for the present and wait the coming of her husband she tells me he is entering your class for instructions, well I hope there will be good honest workers here, I dont Corrected: don’t want any others arround Corrected: around me, I hope dear Mrs Eddy that I have not exhausted all your patients Corrected: patience by reading such a long letter, but I dont Corrected: don’t see how I could help it in this case, A word more then I will stop, My husband, I hardly know what to say some timesCorrected:sometimes I think he is being converted, and then he acts as bad as ever, my cry goes up when shall I be set free, Dear Mrs Eddy he is a hinderence Corrected: hindrance to my work, I know this is nothing but it is so hard to make it appear as such, the malicious argument is so strong, But there, I wontCorrected:won’t, make it stronger by admitting it. Will close with a heart full of love to you my dear dear Mrs Eddy,

Your faithfullCorrected:faithful Student
Mrs E.B. Fenn

Please excuse all blunders I have writen Corrected: written in a great hurry — F

 
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