Accession: 593A.61.004
Editorial Title: S. A. Bombeck to Mary Baker Eddy, December 23, 1881
Author: S. A. Bombeck 
Recipient: Mary Baker Eddy 
Date: December 23, 1881
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by S. A. Bombeck on lined paper from Cincinnati, Ralls County, Missouri.
Editorial Note: Bombeck has received a copy of Mary Baker Eddy's book, Science and Health, and has found in it what she has been gravitating towards for the past twenty years. She writes at length about some of her life experiences and encounters with various forms of alternative medicine. She relates how some years ago the loss of her father and many members of her community to disease made a strong impression on her. She felt at the time that if women could ever become doctors, she would become one so that she could find a way to cure people of severe illnesses. That led her to study water-cure and other systems, subscribe to the Herald of Health, and to make various lifestyle changes. She also saved money from her teaching job to attend the Dr. Russell Thacher Trall's Hydropathic and Hygienic Institute in New York City. She mentions her challenges with sickness and poverty, which have been particularly hard on her ambitious nature, but she asks Eddy to send her terms for class instruction in Christian Science, as she feels this is exactly what she has been looking for. She says that she has just turned fifty years old, and that her husband is a few years older. They have a farm of forty acres with some livestock and no children.
Final Edits
Original Document

593A.61.004
-

This document has not yet been transcribed. Please see the scan of the original to read.

593A.61.004
-

This document has not yet been transcribed. Please see the scan of the original to read.