Accession: L02500
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Clara E. Choate, March 1882
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Clara E. Choate 
Date: March 1882 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
Editorial Note: This letter was sent during Mary Baker Eddy's trip to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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My beloved Student

Your letter forwarded by Mr. Ackland met with a warm welcome I know of no better way than under the circumstances to have him go from you but would it not be better for him never to return than only for an interval giving a chance for news, and furnishing fuel for the fires they keep alive into which they would but cannot hurt you I am very jealous of your surroundings knowing as I do from the past how hard they have tried to kill you and if I would not join in the sacrifice they would lay me on to the altar But dear one let the dead be buried out of our sightGen 23:1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. Gen 23:2 And Sarah died in Kirjath–arba; the same is Hebron in the land of
Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Gen 23:3 ¶And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, Gen 23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. Gen 23:5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, Gen 23:6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. Gen 23:7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. Gen 23:8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, Gen 23:9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you. Gen 23:10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, Gen 23:11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. Gen 23:12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. Gen 23:13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. Gen 23:14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, Gen 23:15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. Gen 23:16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. Gen 23:17 ¶And the field of Ephron, which was in
Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
Gen 23:18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. Gen 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of
Canaan.
Gen 23:20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
Let the past be forgotten Still when I see the great advantage or disadvantage a partner isEditorial Note: This may be a reference to Clara Choate's husband, George Choate, who struggled with alcoholism., it seems hard, hard, that some women who are formed to love must be so awfully situated always with an open door into which the envious and malicious can press in to do their fell purposes with holy horror of what they themselves have brought about. Where is God? is the constant question of this mortal discord And this question He will answer in theJob 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, whirlwindAs Written:whilwind, until Job-like we put our finger to our lips and say be still I see Him and He is supreme, and there is nothing besides Good. Evil is a myth as surely as sickness Let us strive to make this appear

We ought not to suffer for the sin we do not commit and let us master the belief that we do for in reality we cannot and do not because it is contrary to divine science that we should

Sing aloud, break forth into praise. How beautiful are the feet of them that bringeth glad tidings that publisheth peace"Isa 52:7 ¶How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! You dear one, are doing this and praise and joy should be the theme of such a life. Look up, the night is far spent, the day dawnsRom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. and thou art a porter at the gate opening for others joys that are eternal Now step inside yourself and find heaven even hereLuke 17:20 ¶And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Good night my good girl and I will come to your aid as soon as my tasks are o'er in the comet orbit of my course At present I'm a wandering star let loose in the dim vault to guide the traveler As Written: traveller over to where the young child liesMatt 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Please tell me if my stamp of Mary remains on the sealing wax Send to Ackland all letters

Love and a kiss to dear Warren Keep up your efforts I know teaching is the hardest part of all this work except lecturing to heathen to those who never heard the gospel of Truth

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My beloved Student

Your letter forwarded by Mr. Ackland met with a warm welcome I know of no better way than under the circumstances to have him go from you but would it not be better for him never to return than only for an interval giving a chance for news, and furnishing fuel for the fires they keep alive into which they would but cannot hurt you I am very jealous of your surroundings knowing as I do from the past how hard they have tried to kill you and if I would not join in the sacrifice they would lay me on to the altar But dear one let the dead be buried out of our sightGen 23:1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. Gen 23:2 And Sarah died in Kirjath–arba; the same is Hebron in the land of
Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Gen 23:3 ¶And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, Gen 23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. Gen 23:5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, Gen 23:6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. Gen 23:7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. Gen 23:8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, Gen 23:9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you. Gen 23:10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, Gen 23:11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead. Gen 23:12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. Gen 23:13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. Gen 23:14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, Gen 23:15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. Gen 23:16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. Gen 23:17 ¶And the field of Ephron, which was in
Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
Gen 23:18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. Gen 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of
Canaan.
Gen 23:20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
Let the past be forgotten Still when I see the great advantage or disadvantage a partner isEditorial Note: This may be a reference to Clara Choate's husband, George Choate, who struggled with alcoholism., it seems hard, hard, that some women who are formed to love must be so awfully situated always with an open door into which the envious and malicious can press in to do their fell purposes with holy horror of what they themselves have brought about. Where is God? is the constant question of this mortal discord And this question He will answer in theJob 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, whilwindCorrected:whirlwind, until Job-like we put our finger to our lips [?]  Unclear or illegible  and say be still I see Him and He is supreme, and there is nothing besides Good. Evil is a myth as surely as sickness Let us strive to make this appear

We ought not to suffer for the sin we do not commit and let us master the belief that we do for in reality we cannot and do not because it is contrary to divine science that we should

Sing aloud, break forth into praise. How beautiful are the feet of them that bringeth glad tidings that publisheth peace"Isa 52:7 ¶How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! You dear one, are doing this and praise and joy should be the theme of such a life. Look up, the night is far spent, the day dawnsRom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. and thou art a porter at the gate opening for others joys that are eternal Now step inside yourself and find heaven even hereLuke 17:20 ¶And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Good night my good girl and I will come to your aid as soon as my tasks are o'er in the comet orbit of my course At present I'm a wandering star let loose in the dim vault to guide the traveller Corrected: traveler over to where the young child liesMatt 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Please tell me if my stamp of Mary remains on the sealing wax Send to Ackland all letters

Love and a kiss to dear Warren Keep up your efforts I know teaching is the hardest part of all this work except lecturing to heathen to those who never heard the gospel of Truth