Accession: L02058
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Eldridge J. Smith, April 10, 1882
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Eldridge J. Smith 
Date: April 10, 1882 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
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My dear Student,

If only you knew how my heart yearns to hear from you I think you would send me a line I have written your dear wife twice since I have heard from her. I think she is too much employed As Written: emplyed to answer, perhaps, and so I ask you to do it for this dear one etc “Bear ye one anothers burdens”Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Now I feel strangely as I write, I am sneezing and coughing but not until I began to write, I have no cold or cough Is it you, dear, student that has this belief? I believe there is a work of demons started in Washington that must be attended to. When I left Mrs. Potter she told me in one week she could be en route for the West on business and would call on me in Philadelphia As Written: Phila. So when I was thinking of taking a class there I wrote her to be sure and come so as to join it. But she could not it seems. I know there is great need of you all watching I fear every one is suffering from the hidden talk of the tempter, those I had hoped so much from when I took my journey away from Boston. Do not fail to write soon and tell me most frankly what thoughts you realize are stealing in to pick away the good seedMatt 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. Matt 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Matt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; Matt 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Matt 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: Matt 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Matt 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: Matt 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Matt 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matt 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Matt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Matt 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matt 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matt 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Matt 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Matt 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear and have not heard them. Matt 13:18 ¶Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Matt 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Matt 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Matt 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matt 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Mark 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. Mark 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. Mark 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? Mark 4:14 ¶The sower soweth the word. Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; Mark 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Luke 8:4 ¶And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. Luke 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. Luke 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. . This is their argument. “You cannot and do not understand Christian Science” (even when they claim to understand it) “You cannot heal, all your old beliefs are back upon you, worse than ever they were, Mrs. Eddy is a fraud, there is nothing in it, she has lied to you, she is wicked, you will be sorry if you turn from the old views or quit your business, etc. This is the general argument they use with all I teach, varying it to make the temptation more according to circumstances.

O, my student, it is more than can be credited to see what they are accomplishing in this awful manner. Students who know this scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science is as true as God, will waver under their continual fire; and then they will affect the mind of a husband if he has not studied or a wife and make it impossible for the student to practice, he or she will so oppose one another . Now I would like to have you and your dear wife here. O how I wished you could have come to my receptionEditorial Note: This was a reception held to welcome Mary Baker Eddy and her husband, Asa Gilbert Eddy upon their return, in early April 1882, from a trip to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It was called very nice. There was a crown of flowers with the word Life, a large bible of flowers with the word Truth and a large cross of flowers with Love. An elegant bed of flowers with the word “Welcome” was placed over the folding doors, and there were so many it took about two hours to shake hands, then we had speeches etc

Won't As Written: Wont you write me and tell me if you have written and the letter has not reached me I wish I had a paper the Boston Globe to send you that had one whole page describing in fair proportions the cause of Christian Science in Boston

This was complimentary to me in the extreme But the next week some of the clergy, the drugging Doctors and Spiritualists came out on it and abused me although they could cite nothing against me or my cause that had a word of truth in it. They only slurred it, called it Mrs. Eddy’s nonsense, said there was no science in it, and it was a “thundering lie” etc.

The first article lauded it to the very heavens, and had three more columns As Written: colums than the last. Boston is boiling with the ferment of this glorious “leaven”Matt 13:33 ¶Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Luke 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Write and come. O do come and live here or else make Christian Scientists in Washington which I hope you are doing. Husband sends love Tell us if you see Mr D’s folks and the other member who left the class?

Excuse the paper, and the soil, I am where I cannot conveniently get stationary living in a trunk until we can get a house in Boston We shall rent our house in Lynn at present

Ever truly
M. B. G. Eddy

Give my love to all enquirers

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My dear Student,

If only you knew how my heart yearns to hear from you I think you would send me a line I have written your dear wife twice since I have heard from her. I think she is too much emplyed Corrected: employed to answer, perhaps, and so I ask you to do it for this dear one etc “Bear ye one anothers burdens”Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Now I feel strangely as I write, I am sneezing and coughing but not until I began to write, I have no cold or cough Is it you, dear, student that has this belief? I believe there is a work of demons started in Washington that must be attended to. When I left Mrs. Potter she told me in one week she could be en route for the West on business and would call on me in Phila. Corrected: Philadelphia So when I was thinking of taking a class there I wrote her to be sure and call come so as to join it. But she could not it seems. I know there is great need of you all watching I fear did not, and every one is suffering from the hidden talk of the tempter, those I had hoped so much from when I took my journey away from Boston. Do not fail to write soon and tell me most frankly what thoughts you realize are stealing in to pick away the good seedMatt 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. Matt 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Matt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; Matt 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Matt 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: Matt 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Matt 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: Matt 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Matt 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matt 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Matt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Matt 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matt 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matt 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Matt 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Matt 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear and have not heard them. Matt 13:18 ¶Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Matt 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. Matt 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Matt 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matt 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Mark 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. Mark 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Mark 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Mark 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Mark 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. Mark 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? Mark 4:14 ¶The sower soweth the word. Mark 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; Mark 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. Luke 8:4 ¶And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. Luke 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. Luke 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. . This is their argument. “You cannot and do not understand Christian Science” (even when they claim to understand it) “You cannot heal, all your old beliefs are back upon you, worse than ever they were, Mrs. Eddy is a fraud, there is nothing in it, she has lied to you, she is wicked, you will be sorry if you turn from the old views or quit your business, etc. This is the general argument they use with all I teach, varying it to make the temptation more according to circumstances.

O, my students, it is more than can be credited to see what they are accomplishing in this awful manner. Students who know this scienceEditorial Note: Christian Science is as true as God, will waver under their continual fire; and then they will affect the minds of a husband if he has not studied or a wife and make it impossible for the student to practice, they he or she will so oppose one another that student. Now I would like to have you and your dear wife here. O how I wished you could have come to my receptionEditorial Note: This was a reception held to welcome Mary Baker Eddy and her husband, Asa Gilbert Eddy upon their return, in early April 1882, from a trip to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. It was called very nice. There was a crown of flowers with the word Life, a large bible of flowers with the word Truth and a large cross of flowers with Love. An elegant bed of flowers with the word “Welcome” was placed over the folding doors, and there were so many it took about two hours to shake hands, then we had speeches etc

Wont Corrected: Won't you write me and tell me if you have written and the letter has not reached me I wish I had a paper the Boston Globe to send you that had one whole page describing in fair proportions the cause of Christian Science in Boston

This was complimentary to me in the extreme But the next week the some of the clergy, the drugging Doctors and Spiritualists came out on it and abused me although they could cite nothing against me or my cause that had a word of truth in it. They only slurred it, called it Mrs. Eddy’s nonsense, said there was no science in it, and it was a “thundering lie” etc.

The first article lauded it to the very heavens, and had three more colums Corrected: columns than the last. Boston is boiling with the ferment of this glorious “leaven”Matt 13:33 ¶Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Luke 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Write and come. O do come and live here or else make Christian Scientists in Washington which I hope you are doing. Husband sends love Tell us if you see Mr D’s folks and the other member who left the class?

Excuse the paper, and the soil, I am where I cannot conveniently get stationary living in a trunk until we can get a house in Boston We shall rent our house in Lynn at present

Ever truly
M. B. G. Eddy

Give my love to all enquirers