Accession: L02051
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Eldridge J. Smith, March 19, 1879
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Eldridge J. Smith 
Date: March 19, 1879 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy.
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Dear Sir,

I have not heard from you for a long time and am anxious to get word from you for several reasons which I will communicate as soon as I am satisfied you get my letter I have sent you several papers but have not heard whether you ever received them. I have lectured all winter in Boston every Sunday afternoon, some may name it preaching, but a name is nothing. I first went into the pulpit of a Methodist society, the meetings had just commenced in a church that was for sale, they had no funds and but about a dozen members. I built up a large audience gave my services and paid my own expenses contingent. At the close of four months constant attendance the clergyman thought he could do without me and get up a revivalAs Written:revial on his own premises of belief -- He tried it, I left quietly, but he did not succeed and many of the hearers followed me to my present place of Worship at the Parker Memorial Building. I have lately had a letter from him asking urgently for me to return and help him again but I have declined. We have services every Sunday at Fraternity Hall in the aforesaid Building. How much I should enjoy seeing you there. The cause is prospering again, rising up slowly from the awful blow of malice and falsehoods dealt it last Autumn -- in which two of my students (one, my dear husband) were so shockingly belied and I draggedAs Written:draged into the newspaper articles. It was got up by Spofford to stop the sale of my Book after I took from him the license to sell it because of some shocking immorality and his broken agreement; and to revenge on Dr. Arens for suing him for a debt. My husband became publisher of the second edition of my workScience and Health, Second Edition
The second edition of Science and Health, published in 1878, is known as the "Ark Edition" because its cover design included an illustration of an ark. Eddy originally intended this edition to be over 500 pages and give a fuller synopsis of her metaphysical ideas, but the printer's proofs were so filled with typographical errors that Eddy could only salvage 167 pages. She then decided to label it "Vol. II" because she wanted the public to consider it in conjunction with the first edition published in 1875.
and it had been issued but about a week when the blow fell. You have seen the utter vindication of them no doubt

Please write
M B Glover Eddy
L02051
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Dear Sir,

I have not heard from you for a long time and am anxious to get word from you for several reasons which I will communicate as soon as I am satisfied you get my letter I have sent you several papers but have not heard whether you ever received them. I have lectured all winter in Boston every Sunday afternoon, some may name it preaching, but a name is nothing. I first went into the pulpit of a Methodist society, the meetings had just commenced in a church that was for sale, they had no funds and but about a dozen members. I built up a large audience gave my services and paid my own expenses contingent. At the close of four months constant attendance the clergyman thought he could do without me and get up a revialCorrected:revival on his own premises of belief -- He tried it, I left quietly, but he did not succeed and many of the hearers followed me to my present place of Worship at the Parker Memorial Building. I have lately had a letter from him asking urgently for me to return and help him again but I have declined. We have services every Sunday at Fraternity Hall in the aforesaid Building. How much I should enjoy seeing you there. The cause is prospering again, rising up slowly from the awful blow of malice and falsehoods dealt it last Autumn -- in which two of my students (one, my dear husband) were so shockingly belied and I dragedCorrected:dragged into the newspaper articles. It was got up by Spofford to stop the sale of my Book after I took from him the license to sell it because of some shocking immorality and his broken agreement; and to revenge on Dr. Arens for suing him for a debt. My husband became publisher of the second edition of my workScience and Health, Second Edition
The second edition of Science and Health, published in 1878, is known as the "Ark Edition" because its cover design included an illustration of an ark. Eddy originally intended this edition to be over 500 pages and give a fuller synopsis of her metaphysical ideas, but the printer's proofs were so filled with typographical errors that Eddy could only salvage 167 pages. She then decided to label it "Vol. II" because she wanted the public to consider it in conjunction with the first edition published in 1875.
and it had been issued but about a week when the blow fell. You have seen the utter vindication of them no doubt

Please write
M B Glover Eddy