Accession: L07810
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Daniel H. Spofford, October 22, 1876
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Daniel H. Spofford 
Date: October 22, 1876 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
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Dear Student,

Dr Spofford

Your interesting letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. just read, I am in a condition to feel all and more than all you said The mercury of my mind is rising as the world's temperature of thought heats up and the little bookEditorial Note: Eddy identified her book, Science and Health with the “little book” mentioned in Rev:10. See Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 559:16-23. "sweet in the mouth"Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. but severe and glorious in its proof, is about to go forth like Noah's dove over the troubled waves of doubt, infidelity and bigotry, to find, if possible, a foothold on earthGen 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. . It may rest on the calm summit of some great and good mind, the modern Ararat in the deluge of beliefsGen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

But my student, in my lonely chamber I read the coming storm I feel it gathering and rejoice, that you and I, and a few somewhat wise are in the Ark of safety where Soul is at the helm, even the Father of man, and the God that is Love, and the Truth that is God to guide us, and pilot us into the sweet haven of restEditorial Note: “Sweet Haven of Rest” is a nineteenth century gospel hymn. Its words were written by William Thomas Dale (1845-1924)..

Oh! is it not well, that we have chosen whom to serve,Josh 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. and "know in whom we have believed"II Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. ? Understand what once we could only believe, or doubt. Yes dear student, it is well with usEditorial Note: This is possibly an allusion to a hymn titled ”It is Well with My Soul.” Its words were written by Horatio G. Spafford in 1873. come what may. I have great consolation in you, in Your Christian character that I read yet more and more, the zeal that should attend the saints, and the patient waiting for our Lord's comingJames 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. .

Press on; You know not the smallest portion, comparatively, of your ability in science. Measure your stature As Written: statue in ChristEph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ; do not count on your powers as man, and do not rob God by denying them. Take your normal, rightful inheritance an heir of God, first, and then joint heirsRom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. to the inheritance incorruptible which fadeth not awayI Pet 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, . To the rich affluence of your being when it is understood and appropriated As Written: appropiated Dear Macdonald is stirred greatly to the good work, the holy ghost is coming to you all in larger gifts; I mean to you who are faithful

I feel like a tired and wounded soldier of the crossEditorial Note: This is possibly a reference to the hymn, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” written by Issac Watts in 1721. The phrase “soldiers of the cross” also appears in the African American Spiritual, “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.”, taken to the rear; but my wounds are enlivening my soldiers, I do believe, if so, God give me more — and teach me all I need — and make me more of a blessing; poor, weak and unworthy, on one hand, august and glorious on the other! Pray for me dear student. inflammation As Written: Inflamation of the spinal nerves As Written: nevers are what I suffer most in belief

P.S. I approve much your resolution search them out and fraternize with the seeker after Truth I thought best not to mix yet with the swine of mediumship by casting a pearlMatt 7:6 ¶Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

L07810
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Dear Student,

Dr Spofford

Your interesting letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. just read, I am in a condition to feel all and more than all you said The mercury of my mind is rising as the world's temperature of thought heats up and the little bookEditorial Note: Eddy identified her book, Science and Health with the “little book” mentioned in Rev:10. See Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 559:16-23. "sweet in the mouth"Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. but severe and glorious in its proof, is about to go forth like Noah's dove over the troubled waves of doubt, infidelity and bigotry, to find, if possible, a foothold on earthGen 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. . It may rest on the calm summit of some great and good mind, the modern Ararat in the deluge of beliefsGen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

But my student, in my lonely chamber I read the coming storm I feel it gathering and rejoice, that you and I, and a few wise somewhat wise are in the Ark of safety where Soul is at the helm, even the Father of man, and the God that is Love, and the Truth that is God to guide us, and pilot us into the sweet haven of restEditorial Note: “Sweet Haven of Rest” is a nineteenth century gospel hymn. Its words were written by William Thomas Dale (1845-1924)..

Oh! is it not well, that we have chosen whom to serve,Josh 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. and "know in whom we have believed"II Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. ? Understand what once we could only believe, or doubt. Yes dear student, it is well with usEditorial Note: This is possibly an allusion to a hymn titled ”It is Well with My Soul.” Its words were written by Horatio G. Spafford in 1873. come what may. I have great consolation in you, in You Your Christian character that I read yet more and more, the zeal that should attend the saints, and the patient waiting for our Lord's comingJames 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. .

Press on; You know not the smallest portion, comparatively, of your ability in science. Measure your statue Corrected: stature in ChristEph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ; do not count on your powers as man, and do not rob God by denying them. Take your normal, rightful inheritance an heir of God, first, and then joint heirsRom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. to the inheritance incorruptible which fadeth not awayI Pet 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, . To the rich affluence of your being when it is understood and appropiated Corrected: appropriated Dear Macdonald is stirred greatly to the good work, the holy ghost is coming to you all in larger gifts; I mean to you who are faithful

I feel like a tired and wounded soldier of the crossEditorial Note: This is possibly a reference to the hymn, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” written by Issac Watts in 1721. The phrase “soldiers of the cross” also appears in the African American Spiritual, “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.”, who is taken to the rear; but my wounds are enlivening my soldiers, I do believe, if so, God give me more — and teach me all I need — and make me more of a blessing; poor, weak and unworthy, on one hand, august and glorious on the other! Pray for me dear student. Inflamation Corrected: inflammation of the spinal nevers Corrected: nerves are what I suffer most in belief

P.S. I approve much your resolution search them out and fraternize with the seeker after Truth I thought best not to mix yet with the swine of mediumship by casting a pearlMatt 7:6 ¶Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.