Accession: L07807
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Daniel H. Spofford, April 28, 1875
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Daniel H. Spofford 
Date: April 28, 1875
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
Archival Note: The estimated year of this letter is 1875.
Related Topic: To read Spofford's letter to Eddy that she is responding to, see 327.44.003Click link to view 327.44.003 document in new window.
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Dear Student,

I got your letter last evening at the close of the classEditorial Note: Eddy taught a class that began on April 12, 1875. It consisted of four students: Lucy Bixby, Asa McDonald, Elizabeth M. Newhall, and Daniel Spofford. and you may be sure like cold water to the thirsty, was the good news it broughtProv 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. ; glad tidings of great joy for unto God is being born a son of manLuke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. .

Yes I suffered my eyes to flow over with the tears of gratitude to the father of all for such blessings a heart to learn to know and love God and his neighbor as himselfMatt 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Matt 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. . The blow I received before my dear students went out I could not quite conceal when I found my proofs were missing, for I had suffered from just such conduct before and from the same person. I knew Mr. Prescott had not kept them but I knew he had under the roof with him a thief that would not only rob God but steals from man or (woman rather) Mr Prescott called to-day and told me he had no knowledge of it and I knew the chapter on healing was with the proofs I let him read. But this whole chapter has been ferreted away and what should I do if there was no other copy? This was his hope to destroy the bookEditorial Note: Science and Health and prevent its being published. O Mr Spofford you have not the faintest conception of the hidden evil that is in that wicked student I had hoped nothing would bring him up before this class but you see the providence that compels As Written: compells me to speak of him as he is They ask me how he can heal, I answer, as StanleyEditorial Note: Charles S. Stanley and other mesmerizers heal

You alluded to the desire unhelped As Written: unhelpped you have so long cherished to learn Truth it was a blessing to you that when you asked for bread she did not attempt to break it to you She never understood it because of her theological prejudices, she would not reply to my questions frequently in the classEditorial Note: Addie Spofford studied with Eddy in June 1870. and not even look at me I will talk with you in confidence some time on this I thank you for the aid I so much need and we will only wait for the right time to preach

Truly Yours
MBG
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Dear Student,

I got your letter last evening at the close of the classEditorial Note: Eddy taught a class that began on April 12, 1875. It consisted of four students: Lucy Bixby, Asa McDonald, Elizabeth M. Newhall, and Daniel Spofford. and you may be sure like cold water to the thirsty, was the good news it broughtProv 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. ; glad tidings of great joy for unto God is being born a son of manLuke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. .

Yes I suffered my eyes to flow over with the tears of gratitude to the father of all for such blessings a heart to learn to know and love God and his neighbor as himselfMatt 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Matt 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. . The blow I received before my dear students went out I could not quite conceal when I found my proofs were missing, for I had suffered from just such conduct before and from the same person. I knew Mr. Prescott had not kept them but I knew he had under the roof with him a thief that would not only rob God but steals from man or (woman rather) Mr Prescott called to-day and told me he had no knowledge of it and I knew the chapter on healing was with the proofs I let him read. But this whole chapter has been ferreted away and what should I do if there was no other copy? This was his hope to destroy the bookEditorial Note: Science and Health and prevent its being published. O Mr Spofford you have not the faintest conception of the hidden evil that is in that wicked student I had hoped nothing would bring him up before this class but you see the providence that compells Corrected: compels me to speak of him as he is They ask me how he can heal, I answer, as StanleyEditorial Note: Charles S. Stanley and other mesmerizers heal

You alluded to the desire unhelpped Corrected: unhelped you have so long cherished to learn Truth it it was a blessing to you that when you asked for bread she did not attempt to break it to you She never understood it because of her theological prejudices, she would not reply to my questions frequently in the classEditorial Note: Addie Spofford studied with Eddy in June 1870. and not even look at me I will talk with you in confidence some time on this I thank you for the aid I so much need and we will only wait for the right time to preach

Truly Yours
MBG