Accession: L03924
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Sarah O. Bagley, January 6, 1873
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Sarah O. Bagley 
Date: January 6, 1873
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy.
Archival Note: This letter includes an archivist note that explains that prior to 1990, this letter carried the assigned year of 1872. At that time, archivists determined that its content warranted the assignment of the year 1873 instead.
Related Topic: The agreement referenced in this letter is likely L08318Click link to view L08318 document in new window.
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Dear Sarah,

I received your money by expressEditorial Note: Eddy and Bagley used express companies to transfer money. Two of the companies used by them were Wells Express and Manson’s Express.―this morning―Receipt on the last page. Your letter of the ultima I received also, and the certificate on the last page; you said you had lost your agreement so I adjourn the arrangement until I see you. I have the agreement you made me and will do about it as I said whenever you will attend to it I prefer to have it done with you present. I am somewhat surprised by the great difference between your receipts this year and last But I account for it in part on the ground of the blow aimed at me by Wright and Kennedy every student will feel a shockAs Written:schock from the reins being given to error. I have not replied publicly or privately to their falsehoods but very seldom, letting them have the benefit of a lie if such there is until the time comes for God to give them the rewards of their doings

You referredAs Written:refered to students who had made agreements and broken them. Sarah, they are writing their histories! would you be proud of such? Josh BillingsEditorial Note: Josh Billings was the pen name for American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885). has told the story for them in a worldly point

"Two establish a good repeutashun steal privately and give publikly"Editorial Note: The actual Billings quote is, “To enjoy a good reputation give publicly, and steal privately.” God will tell it in another way

In haste Yours truly
MMBG―

Dr.Editorial Note: During the 1870s, “Dr.” could either refer to a trained medical doctor, or used more loosely to refer to someone practicing as any kind of healer. Thus, Eddy’s students who were practicing Christian Science healing were frequently called “Dr.,” even though they had no medical degree. Sarah O. Bagley
Amesbury
Mass.
LYNN MASS JAN 8
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Dear Sarah,

I received your money by expressEditorial Note: Eddy and Bagley used express companies to transfer money. Two of the companies used by them were Wells Express and Manson’s Express.―this morning―Receipt on the last page. Your letter of the ultima I received also, and the certificate on the last page; you said you had lost your agreement so I adjourn the arrangement until I see you. I have the agreement you made me and will do about it as I said whenever you will attend to it I prefer to have it done with you present. I am somewhat surprised by the great difference between your receipts this year and last But I account for it in part on the ground of the blow aimed at me by Wright and Kennedy every student will feel a schockCorrected:shock from the reins being given to error. I have not replied publicly or privately to their falsehoods but very seldom, letting them have the benefit of a lie if such there is until the time comes for God to give them the rewards of their doings

You referedCorrected:referred to students who had made agreements and broken them. Sarah, they are writing their histories! would you be proud of such? Josh BillingsEditorial Note: Josh Billings was the pen name for American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885). has told the story for them in a worldly point

"Two establish a good repeutashun steal privately and and give publikly"Editorial Note: The actual Billings quote is, “To enjoy a good reputation give publicly, and steal privately.” God will tell it in another way

In haste Yours truly
MMBG―

Dr.Editorial Note: During the 1870s, “Dr.” could either refer to a trained medical doctor, or used more loosely to refer to someone practicing as any kind of healer. Thus, Eddy’s students who were practicing Christian Science healing were frequently called “Dr.,” even though they had no medical degree. Sarah O. Bagley
Amesbury
Mass.
LYNN MASS JAN 8