Accession: A10082
Editorial Title: Bill of Rights for 1880
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Scribe: Asa G. Eddy 
Date: February 29, 1880
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Asa Eddy with insertions by Mary Baker Eddy.
Editorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy delivered "Bill of Rights for 1880" at Hawthorne Hall, one hundred years after the Bill of Rights of the Massachusetts Constitution was passed in 1780. At the time that Mary Baker Eddy gave this sermon, a medical licensure bill was being debated in Massachusetts. In the 1870s, a number of states had enacted some form of medical licensure laws to limit the practice of medicine to physicians licensed by a state board. The proposed bill in Massachusetts would have done the same. Homeopathy and eclectic medicine were included in the Massachusetts bill, along with traditional medicine; however, such a bill would have limited the practice of Christian Science. The bill was rejected by the Public Health Committee and, in April of 1880, was withdrawn.
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A Lecture given at HawthorneAs Written:Hawthon Hall 2. Park St. By Mrs. M. B. Glover Eddy Feb. 29 1880

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Bill of rights for 1880

Math.12th.33. "Either make the tree good and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by his fruit"Matt 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. . Amid the list of blessings infinite count this the foremost, as St. Paul hath said that "I was free born"Acts 22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. ; no oligarchyAs Written:oligarcy or aristocracy can change this foundation fact, or warp it into the opposite conclusion. "For right is right, since God is God, And right the day must win."Editorial Note: This is a line from Frederick W. Faber's hymn, "God's Glory is a Wondrous Thing." Because the Maker of man was perfect man was made perfect, made upright and not up wrong; it is but an apology for a man that would oppress his fellow man, or seek to build himself up by pulling down his neighbor. Justice will prevail, and it is only a question of time when she shall adjust the true balance and weigh all things in the unerring scale of Science. Since ever the stars sang together, and the ElohimEditorial Note: Elohim is one of the names for God in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). rejoiced in the law of Love man's Bill of Rights have been sacred, they are chartered by Almighty God, sustained by eternal justice, patented by Immortality.

The preamble to this Bill we find in the teachings of our Master, wherein he said -- upon these two commandments hang all law, namely, "thou shalt have no other gods before meEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. , and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self"Matt 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. ; but both of these divine commands are broken when we make a dagonEditorial Note: Dagon was a god, connected with fertility, grain, and fish. His idol was worshiped by some of the semitic peoples surrounding the Hebrews in the Ancient Near East. But his worship was anathema to the monotheistic Hebrews. of a drug, or trespass upon the rights of the individual. We herewith submit to our hearers (subject however to further amendments) a Bill of Rights for 1880.

1st That according to the ConstitutionAs Written:Constution of these United States, and in fulfillment of the Divine economy, man is endowed by his Maker with certain inalienable rights, among which are "Life, liberty and the pursuitAs Written:persuit of happiness"Editorial Note: This phrase is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. -- therefore that any legislation or law intermeddling therewith, is wholly unconstitutional and unchristian.

2nd That every man and woman has the unquestionable right to chose what physician they shall employ, what method they shall adopt for usefulnessAs Written:usefullness, or what means they shall use to improve themselves physically.

3rd That every individual has the unquestionable right to choose what Christianity he shall seek, preach and practiceAs Written:practise, and by what means he shall improve himself morally and Spiritually

4th That because God has constituted man a free moral actor, no human law can deprive him of this divine right, and he should defend this individual right, so far as in him lies, from all aggression.

We regret to find that the fires of ancient proscription have not yet died out upon their altars. Wherefore is it, that he who has felt the uplifted heel of that footstep nearest behind him, is the first to plant his foot in the individual that is in advance of him. Homeopathy has not recovered from the heel of Allopathy before it lifts its foot against its neighbor, even against whatever system is in advance of it, if perchance this system may have proven that the less medicine employed the better until we arrive at no medicine; and learn that just in proportion as matter went out and mind came into the remedy it increased in skill and potency The nearest step in advance of Homeopathy is Metaphysics, and there is one axiom of Homeopathy that applies to this system, namely, that like cures like; but Metaphysics differ from HomeopathyAs Written:Homeopothy in this, that the former stipulates for both cause and cure in mind instead of matter.

But this difference is unreal, a fable rather than fact, for the higher attenuations of Homeopathy have not a single medicinal property; thus it is found out that mind instead of matter produces the effect of the so-called drug When we fairly awakened to this fact, a strong sense of right forbade us to go on with this so-called medicine knowing as we did it was not the drug that did the healing; and then it was that we became a Metaphysician, honestly acknowledging it is mind and not matter that governs disease While the matter-physician is trying to learn what matter is doing without the aid of mind (when it is self evident it can do nothing) the Metaphysician is peering into mind to diagnose the disease and there learn that he cannot change the basis of action from mind to matter, and must admit consistently that mind is the only curative agent. When we medicated pellet and powder on blotting paper, we must verily have believed it was the ghost of medicine that did the cure for surely we knew that the higher attenuations that are admitted by the most skillful practitionerAs Written:practioner to be the most potent, are without medicine

Throughout the two hundred and sixty remedies in the JahrEditorial Note: Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr (1800-1875), was a German homeopath who published a classic book of homeopathic remedies. Commonly referred to as "Jahr," it first appeared in German in 1835 and then in English in 1838. Mary Baker Eddy owned a copy of this work. even from Aconitum to Zincum, we knew each remedy, and the characteristic peculiarities, and general and moral symptoms, that called for this remedy. The habitual thought of what we intend to do with the medicine and the more thought given to preparing it we have learned is the mental therapeuticsAs Written:theraputics that give efficacy to the practice of Homeopathy, and why this practice is in advance of Allopathy isowing to this fact, and to the nothingness of the drug. Its mental Pharmacy begins when you begin to shake themedicine thirty times at each attenuation and thus to hold in thought the symptoms it is designed to cure. The attenuations of HomeopathyAs Written:Homeopothy are made by reducing the one hundredthAs Written:hundreth part of the original grain of any drug one thousand times it may be reduced more or less as the case may be. Here you can compute for yourself -- and learn that under the strictest analysis not one particle of the drug can be found in some of its most powerful doses. While preparing medicine through this tedious process, you are unconsciously accumulating a dose of thought and faith regarding the results of it that proves itself amply sufficient to do the work whereunto it is sent, as the results show Almost unwittinglyAs Written:unwitingly to myself Metaphysics came in and physics went out of TherapeuticsAs Written:Theraputics. We have attenuated one grain of Aconite until it was no longer Aconite, then droppedAs Written:droped a single drop of this harmless solution upon a grain of sugar of milk, and with this self same sugar we have allayed severe febrile symptoms and produced powerful perspirations. But the highest attenuation we ever attained in HomeopathyAs Written:Homeopothy, was to leave the sugar without shaking and without the shadow of a drug and then to administer the sugar in the name of the drug; with even this original vehicle we have cured a severe case of dropsy where a pail fullAs Written:pailful of water had been drawn from the system at one time by the Allopathic mode of tapping. Friends, we beg the question -- what is the basis of Materia Medica, but the baseless fabric of opinions and beliefs? and what is charlatanismAs Written:charlatism anism and quackery, if they be not the practice of medicine? Sometimes even majesty striped of its exteriors becomes a jest. The theory of medicine has never reached a scientific basis Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, would blush to behold the sequel of his system, or weep over its Golgothas. The distinguished Galen was of the opinion that medicine at best is but a necessary evil. Jupiter was both the god of medicine and the sender of disease in ancient Mythology, and in modern mythology methinks he works at both trades. Medicine has not arrived at the science of treating disease; mind instead of matter embraces this Science. The practice of medicine is but a series of experiments, that in a majority of cases prove fatal; conjecture, doubt and distrust fill the minds of the most skillful M.D.'S. We have not known that the hoary centuries have declared, or the thunders of Sinai uttered their voices that an individual must graduate in medicine before he can obey the scriptural command, "go ye into all the world, heal the sick"Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. , etc, Jesus never made an especial grinding in the mills of classical learning his criterion for judging of a man's ability of heal the sick "The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small"Editorial Note: This was an ancient Greek proverb, used by several writers over the centuries in various forms, and given its most commonly quoted English version by Longfellow as: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all." . Is it that a majority of the States in this Union have enacted oppressive laws regarding the practice of medicine solely to prop a dying system, a system that because it cannot reckon on right for its continuance has resorted to might? Shall a board of censors in MassachusettsAs Written:Masachusetts sit in judgment upon the success of other physicians (to defend the people from this good result) and never institute a measure to defend thepeople from the admitted blunders of the faculty? In Massachusetts, where the statue of a Lincoln bends in benediction over the oppressed, shall the rotten egg of slavery hatch a modern law that shall again canker into the hearts of millions? Shall the state that succoredAs Written:succord slaves in 1839, in 1880 surrender freemen to the scourge of tyranny, selling them a law the genius whereof is to concentrate power then to abuse that power et libitum? Shall the i iron hoof of oppression trample on the rights of the individual in Massachusetts?

Madame Roland as she knelt to the goddess of liberty erected upon a guillotineAs Written:guilotine said, "oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name". Shall poisons and diplomas so stifle the generous claims of humanity that the choice be not left us how we shall live or how die, and those be the arbitersAs Written:arbitors of such a fate whose consciences are seared with medicine as with a red hot iron. We have often said, what a miracle is mind to sustain the body under the administration of poisons that would kill a well man, if indeed man could die. Jesus said, "these signs shall follow them that believe, they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover". But prophet and prophecyAs Written:prohesy seem to have lost their claims when law is employed to annul the gospel and , yet our legislators can pray, "thy kingdom come"Matt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. . Is it indeed true that the vision of the Revelator is upon us, wherein, "no man shall buy or sell save he that hath the mark of the beast"Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. .

If the alternative were placed before me to silence the dictates of my own conscience, or to accept the prospect of starvation, I should work on trusting to the ravensI Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. I Kings 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. and Gods providence, for I can have implicit faith in the triumph of right but no faith in the seeming success of wrong. There is no better rule for judging of human acts than by their fruit results, or for gaining the quality of thought, than by the act. But let us be charitable, many a kind thought has failed in its fulfillment, and many a noble purpose has been cheated of its high goal. I believe the Bethel-bent beam that trembled to earth in the Patriarch's vision was a ladder of love that rose from a pillow of stone to the hopes of the blest, and the angels ascending and descendingAs Written:decendingGen 28:10 ¶And Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran. were gratitude and charity. Let us hope that what seemeth ill has often a more kindly origin; that we in our weakness cannot always judge correctly of the fountain whence flow all human actions; but we can hide with charity's white wing the solidAs Written:soild feathers of vanity or malice and teach them to fly higher

Some one hath asked, " May not metaphysical healing be the anti Christ that shall appear in the latter days showing many signs and wondersMatt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. ? And we answer, By this you may be certain that it is not. Error loves her own and hates Truth; now if metaphysical healing can be found to bring forth evil fruits on either the mind or body, or if it was the favorite of the worlding, of the impure, or the dishonest, then I should say believe it not, and go not after it. But instead of receiving the worlds flatteriesAs Written:flateries it meets with resistanceAs Written:resistence from it and shares especially the opposition and hatred of all bad men. It is only the elevated mind that is drawn to it; although we cannot always keep from our public scocieties the imposters that find their way into them through the charities of those who thinketh no evil, and by the power they possess themselves to deceive.

Every succeeding period should present a higher method of healing, one that is leaving a material basis for the spiritual, and when this is done we shall all know it, there will be less sickness and less sin, "for the tree is known by its fruits". Hitherto our system of medicine has failed to eradicate sickness, rather hath sickness increased under t its regime, and for this cause do the public propose to give it extreme unction Note: in its last hours? PlymouthAs Written:Plymmoth rock hath a reminiscenceAs Written:reminessence; what if oppressive measurers carried to certain limits shall arouse the spirit of the past, as when men and women nerved by the love of God, and a pure sense of human rights, left their native homes to seek afar some desert solitude, and "shook the depths of the forest gloom with hymns of lofty cheer"Editorial Note: From a poem titled, "The Landing of the Pilgrims," by Felicia Hemans. , Be it not said that children of the Puritans have profaned that faith's pure shrine and the halo of history hath departed from the resting places of our fathers In the words of the Evangelist, "either make the tree good and the fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruitMatt 7:15 ¶Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matt 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matt 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Matt 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matt 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matt 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. .

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A Lecture given at HawthonCorrected:Hawthorne Hall 2. Park St. By Mrs. M. B. Glover Eddy Feb. 29 1880Inserted by: Mary Baker Eddy

Subject

Bill of rights for 1880

Math.12th.33. "Either make the tree good and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by his fruit"Matt 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. . Amid the list of blessings infinite count this the foremost, that as St. Paul hath said that "I was free born"Acts 22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. ; and no oligarcyCorrected:oligarchy or aristocracy can change this foundation fact, or warp it into the opposite conclusion. "For right is right, since God is God, And right the day must win."Editorial Note: This is a line from Frederick W. Faber's hymn, "God's Glory is a Wondrous Thing." Because the Maker of man was perfect man was made perfect, made upright and not up wrong; it is but an apology for a man that would oppress his fellow man, or seek to build himself up by pulling down his neighbor. Justice will prevail, and it is only a question of time when she shall adjust the true balance and weigh all things in the unerring scale of Science. Since ever the stars sang together, and the ElohimEditorial Note: Elohim is one of the names for God in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). rejoiced in the law of Love man's Bill of Rights have been sacred, for they are chartered by Almighty God, sustained by eternal justice, and patented by Immortality.

The preamble to this Bill of Rights we find in the teachings of our Master, wherein he said -- upon these two commandments hang all law, namely, "thou shalt have no other gods before meEx 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. , and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self"Matt 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. ; but both of these divine commands are broken when we make a dagonEditorial Note: Dagon was a god, connected with fertility, grain, and fish. His idol was worshiped by some of the semitic peoples surrounding the Hebrews in the Ancient Near East. But his worship was anathema to the monotheistic Hebrews. of a drug, or trespass upon the rights of the individual. We herewith submit to our hearers (subject however to further amendments) a Bill of Rights for 1880.

1st That according to the ConstutionCorrected:Constitution of these United States, and in fulfillment of the Divine economy, man is endowed by his Maker with certain inalienable rights, among which are "Life, liberty and the persuitCorrected:pursuit of happiness"Editorial Note: This phrase is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. -- therefore that any legislation or law intermeddling therewith, is wholly unconstitutional and unchristian.

2nd That every man and woman has the unquestionable right to chose what physician they shall employ, what method they shall adopt for usefullnessCorrected:usefulness, or what means they shall use to improve themselves physically.

3rd That every individual has the unquestionable right to choose what Christianity he shall seek, preach and practiseCorrected:practice, and by what means he shall improve himself morally and Spiritually

4th That because God has constituted man a free moral actor, no human law can deprive him of this divine right, and that he should defend this individual right, so far as in him lies, from all aggression.

We regret to find that the fires of ancient proscription have not yet died out upon their altars. Wherefore is it, that he who has felt the uplifted heel of that footstep nearest behind him, is the first to plant his foot in the individual that is in advance of him. Homeopathy has not recovered from the heel of Allopathy before it lifts its foot against its neighbor, even against whatever that system which is in advance of it, and has already proven learned if perchance this system may have proven that the less medicine we use employed the better until we arrive at no medicine; and then we shall all learn that just in proportion as matter has gone went out and mind came into the remedy it has increased in skill and potency The nearest step in advance of Homeopathy is Metaphysics, and there is one axiom of Homeopathy that applies to this system, namely, that like cures like; but Metaphysics differ from HomeopothyCorrected:Homeopathy in this, that the former stipulates for both cause and cure in mind instead of matter.

But this difference is unreal, a fable rather than fact, for the higher attenuations of Homeopathy have not a single medicinal property; in them and thus it is found out that mind instead of matter produces all the power or effect of the so-called drug When we fairly awakened to this fact, a strong sense of right forbade us to go on with this so-called medicine knowing as we did it was not the drug that did the healing; and then it was that we became a Metaphysician, honestly acknowledging it is mind and not matter that governs disease While the matter-physician is trying to learn what matter is doing without the aid of mind (when it is self evident it can do nothing) the Metaphysician is peering into mind to diagnose the disease and there he again learn that he cannot change the basis of action from mind to matter, and must admit consistently that mind is the only curative agent. When we medicated pellet and powder on blotting paper, we must verily have believed it was the ghost of medicine that did the cure for surely we knew that the higher attenuations were that are admitted to be the by the most skillful practionerCorrected:practitioner to be the most potent, are without medicine

Throughout the two hundred and sixty remedies in the JahrEditorial Note: Gottlieb Heinrich Georg Jahr (1800-1875), was a German homeopath who published a classic book of homeopathic remedies. Commonly referred to as "Jahr," it first appeared in German in 1835 and then in English in 1838. Mary Baker Eddy owned a copy of this work. even from Aconitum to Zincum, we knew each remedy, and the characteristic peculiarities, and general and moral symptoms, that called for this remedy. The habitual thought of what we intend to do with the medicine and the more thought given to preparing it we afterwards have learned is the mental theraputicsCorrected:therapeutics that give efficacy to the practice of Homeopathy, beyond that of Allopathy in which there is less certainty and why this practice is in advance of Allopathy is owing to this fact, and to the nothingness of the drug. Its mental Pharmacy is learned begins when you begin to shake the medicine thirty times at each attenuation and thus to hold in thought the symptoms it is designed to cure. The attenuations of thought HomeopothyCorrected:Homeopathy are made by reducing the one hundrethCorrected:hundredth part of the original grain of any drug one thousand times and it may be reduced more or less as the case may be. Here you can compute for yourself -- and learn why that under the strictest analysis not one particle of the drug can be found in some of its most powerful doses. While preparing the medicine through this tedious process, you are unconsciously accumulating a dose of thought and faith regarding the results of it that proves itself amply sufficient to do the work whereunto it is sent, as the results show Almost unconsciously unwitinglyCorrected:unwittingly to myself Metaphysics came in and physics went out of TheraputicsCorrected:Therapeutics. We have attenuated one grain of Aconite until it was no longer Aconite, then dropedCorrected:dropped a single drop of this harmless solution upon a grain of sugar of milk, and with this self same sugar we have allayed severe febrile symptoms and produced powerful perspirations. But the highest attenuation we ever attained in HomeopothyCorrected:Homeopathy, was to leave the sugar without shaking and without the shadow of a drug and then to administer the sugar in the name of the drug; with even this original vehicle we have cured a severe case of dropsy where a pailfulCorrected:pail full of water had been drawn from the system at one time by the Allopathic mode of tapping. Friends, we beg the question -- what is the basis of Materia Medica, but the baseless fabric of opinions and beliefs? and what is charlatism anismCorrected:charlatanism and quackery, if they be not the practice of medicine? Sometimes even majesty striped of its exteriors becomes a jest. The theory of medicine has never reached a scientific basis Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, would blush to behold the sequel of his system, or would weep over its Golgothas. The distinguished Galen was of the opinion that medicine at best is but a necessary evil. Jupiter was both the god of medicine and the sender of disease in ancient Mythology, and in modern mythology methinks he works at both trades. Medicine has not arrived at the science of treating disease; mind instead of matter embraces this Science. The practice of medicine is but a series of experiments, that in a majority of cases prove fatal; conjecture, doubt and distrust fill the minds of the most skillful M.D.'S. We have not known that the hoary centuries have declared, or the thunders of Sinai uttered their voices that an individual must graduate in medicine before he can obey the scriptural command, "go ye into all the world, heal the sick"Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. , etc, Jesus never made an especial grinding in the mills of classical learning his criterion for judging of a man's ability of heal the sick a healer for "The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small"Editorial Note: This was an ancient Greek proverb, used by several writers over the centuries in various forms, and given its most commonly quoted English version by Longfellow as: "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all." . Is it that a majority of the States in this Union have enacted oppressive laws regarding the practice of medicine solely to prop a dying system, a system that because it cannot reckon on right for its continuance has resorted to might? Shall a board of censors in MasachusettsCorrected:Massachusetts sit in judgment upon the success of other physicians (to defend the people from this good result) is it then why not and never institute a measure to defend the people from the admitted blunders of the faculty? In Massachusetts, where the statue of a Lincoln bends in benediction over the oppressed, shall the rotten egg of slavery hatch a modern law that shall again canker the into the hearts of millions? Shall the state that succordCorrected:succored slaves in 1839, in 1880 surrender freemen to the scourge of tyranny, selling them a law the genius whereof is to concentrate power then to abuse that power et libitum? Shall the iron iron hoof of oppression trample on the rights of the individual even in Massachusetts?

Madame Roland as she knelt to the goddess of liberty erected upon a guilotineCorrected:guillotine said, "oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name". Shall poisons and diplomas so stifle the generous claims of humanity that the choice be not left us how we shall live or how die, and shall those be the arbitorsCorrected:arbiters of this such a fate whose consciences are seared with medicine as with a red hot iron. We have often said, what a miracle is mind to sustain the body under the administration of poisons that would kill a well man, if indeed man could die. Jesus said, "these signs shall follow them that believe, they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover". But prophet and prohesyCorrected:prophecy seem to have lost their claims when the law the powerful arm of legislation law is employed to annul the gospel and its authors pray, yet our legislators can pray, "thy kingdom come"Matt 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. . Is it indeed true that the vision of the Revelator is upon us, wherein, "no man shall buy or sell save he that hath the image mark of the beast"Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. .

If the alternative were placed before me to silence the dictates of my own conscience, or to accept the prospect of starvation, I should work on trusting to the ravensI Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. I Kings 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. and Gods providence, for I can have implicit confidence in faith in the triumph of right but no faith in the seeming success of wrong. There is no better rule for judging of human acts than by their fruit results, or for gaining the quality of thought, than by the act. But let us be charitable, many a kind thought has failed in its fulfillment, and many a noble purpose has been cheated of its high goal. I believe the Bethel-bent beam that trembled to earth in the Patriarch's Inserted by: Mary Baker Eddy vision was a ladder of love that rose from a pillow of stone to the hopes of the blest, and the angels ascending and decendingCorrected:descendingGen 28:10 ¶And Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran. were gratitude and charity. Let us hope that what seemeth ill has often a more kindly origin; that we in our weakness cannot always judge correctly of the fountain whence flows all human actions; but we can hide with charity's white wing the soildCorrected:solid garment feathers of vanity or malice and teach them to fly higher

Some one hath asked, "Is May not the metaphysical healing be the anti Christ that shall appear in the latter days showing many signs and wondersMatt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. ? And we answer, By this you may be certain that it is not. Error loes loves her own and hates Truth; now if metaphysical healing canld be found to bring forth evil fruits on either the the mind or body, or if it was the favorite of the worlding, of the impure, or the dishonest, then I should say believe it not, and go not after it. But instead of receiving the worlds flateriesCorrected:flatteries it meets with resistenceCorrected:resistance from it and shares especially the opposition and hatred of all bad men. It is only the elevated mind that is drawn to it; although we cannot always keep from our public scocietyies the imposters that find their way into them through the sympathies charities of those who thinketh no evil, and by the power they possess themselves to deceive. others

Every succeeding period should present a higher method of healing, one that is leaving a material basis for the spiritual, and when this is done we shall all know it, there will be less sickness and less sin, "for the tree will be is known by its fruits". Hitherto our system of medicine haves failed to eradicate sickness, rather hath t at every period sickness increased under their its regime, and for this cause do the public propose to give them it extreme unction Note: in their its last hours? PlymmothCorrected:Plymouth rock hath a reminessenceCorrected:reminiscence; what if oppressive law shall arouse measurers carried to certain limits shall arouse the spirit of the past, as when men and women nerved by the love of God, and a pure sense of human rights, left their native homes to seek afar some desert solitude, and "shook the depths of the forest gloom with hymns of lofty cheer"Editorial Note: From a poem titled, "The Landing of the Pilgrims," by Felicia Hemans. , Be it not said that children of the Puritans have profaned that faith's pure shrine and the halo of history must pass hath departed from the resting places of our fathers In the words of the Evangelist, "either make the tree good and the fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and the his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its his fruitMatt 7:15 ¶Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matt 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matt 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Matt 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matt 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matt 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. .