Accession: L02044
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Eldridge J. Smith, November 27, 1876
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Eldridge J. Smith 
Date: November 27, 1876
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
Related Topic: To read Smith's letter that Eddy references, see 382.50.003Click link to view 382.50.003 document in new window
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Your interesting prose and poetryEditorial Note: This is a reference to a poem by Smith, critical of the Calvinist doctrine of "Unconditional Election." Smith included it in his letter to Eddy of November 14, 1876 (382.50.003). came duly and I would have replied sooner but for circumstances that prevented

I am at this time solving for myself a difficult question, namely, how that all who need me can be blessed by me to the extent of my capacity to bless them. You can have but a faint conception of what rests on me; the more students I the more task I have to perform. The writing is all left to me, the lecturing if there is any done, the teaching, etc etc. I need you — the cause needs you — and you need yourself in this work; but more than all the sick need a Physician. and when you are well yourself then you can work more directly for others

You can be well, yea, you are well.

That which is sick is not you it is a belief instead of you

There never was and never can be a pain or sensation in matter. The body you name you, is but a belief, it is not you. One of its beliefs for which the ignorant Doctor is responsible, is an utter absurdity, namely, that a lung that is governed by mind in all its action could cease to act because of matter and thus matter beat mind when it has no power outside of mind. God governs and clothes the lilyAs Written:lillyMatt 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. , He as the Truth of your being, would govern your body as harmoniously, if a separate thought besides His did not control it

Your lung never stopped acting on account of matter, be it solid or fluid, water or what not.

If it ever acted mind produced the action, if it ever stopped acting mortal mind or belief stopped the action Just what you believe about it will be carried out on your body Look out for what you believe and your lung will be right I took myself out of a lost lung by replacing it in mind and it appears again sound as the other

Yours truly
M B G.
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Your interesting prose and poetryEditorial Note: This is a reference to a poem by Smith, critical of the Calvinist doctrine of "Unconditional Election." Smith included it in his letter to Eddy of November 14, 1876 (382.50.003). came duly and I would have replied sooner but for circumstances that prevented

I am at this time solving for myself a difficult question, namely, how that all who need me can be blessed by me to the extent of my capacity to bless them. You can have but a faint conception of what rests on me; the more students I the more task I have to perform. The writing is all left to me, the lecturing if there is any done, the teaching, etc etc. I need you — the cause needs you — and you need yourself in this work; but more than all the sick need a Physician. and when you are well yourself then you can work more directly for others

You can be well, yea, you are well.

That which is sick is not you it is a belief instead of you

There never was and never can be a pain or sensation in matter. The body you name you, is but a belief, it is not you. One of its beliefs for which the ignorant Doctor is responsible, is an utter absurdity, namely, that a lung that is governed by mind in all its action could cease to act because of matter and thus matter beat mind when it has no power outside of mind. God governs and clothes the lillyCorrected:lilyMatt 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. , He as the Truth of your being, would govern your body as harmoniously, if a separate thought besides His did not control it

Your lung was never stopped acting on account of matter, be it solid or fluid, water or what not.

If it ever acted mind produced the action, if it ever stopped acting mortal mind or belief stopped the action Just what you believe about it will be carried out on your body Look out for what you believe and your lung will be right I took myself out of a lost lung by replacing it in mind and now it appears again sound as the other

Yours truly
M B G.