Accession: L08301
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Sarah O. Bagley, January 31, 1872
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Sarah O. Bagley 
Date: January 31, 1872
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy in purple ink on lined paper.
Related Topic: See L08311Click link to view L08311 document in new window. For documents relating to the Lynn TranscriptThe Lynn Transcript
The Lynn Transcript was a weekly newspaper published in Lynn, Massachusetts, from 1867 to 1896. Mary Baker Eddy had several poems published in the Transcript, including "Rock of Ages" (5/20/1876) and "Hymn of Science" (1876-12-02). (These two poems are early versions of "Christ My Refuge" and "Communion Hymn," respectively.) The Transcript was also used by Eddy and her students to respond to public criticism of Eddy and her teachings.
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Dear Sarah,

I received your interesting letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. yesterday and was glad to learn the MSS.Editorial Note: The manuscripts in question are probably copies of manuscripts written by Eddy and used in teaching her early classes. She permitted students to keep copies of these manuscripts. Arrived safely.

I knew W. Wright had shown his Mss and I gave him liberty to let some of his family see them, that was all, and he signed a bond of 3000Editorial Note: $3000 in 1872 is the equivalent of $58,442.99 in 2014. not to show them! He is a rascal and low-mindedAs Written:low-mined revengeful fellow—No person would do as he has done that was not all of this. His newspaper statementsEditorial Note: The “newspaper statements” are the attacks by Wright on Eddy’s teachings, published in January 1872 in the Lynn Transcript. are perfectly false he has no regard for truth and at the same time claims he is trying to save others from his fate, when he told Richard and myself that all he wanted was revenge. and this because I would not refund his tuition after I had fulfilled my part of the contract and he had been practicing some six months. His newspaper stuff I shall not heed tis of no account to those who are acquainted with me and it would be a stoop for me to reply to such flimsy malicious falsehoods. People here despise him for it, it has made some of his friends ashamed for him—he is injuring himself and absolutely doing me good the very reverse of what he intended.

I wish you would mark the places in that moral codeEditorial Note: The “moral code” may refer to a manuscript or part of a manuscript by Eddy that had been shared with John Greenleaf Whittier. that Whittier praised and also where he enquired about it and then you may retain a copy yourself and send me the original it my MSS. are copyrighted

Any time that you can spare write me a line and may Wisdom hold you in the ways of pleasantness and paths of peaceProv 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Mary

N.B. It was not because of his hard practice that he gave up that had nothing to do with it 'Twas all owing to himself

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Dear Sarah,

I received your interesting letterEditorial Note: This letter is not extant. yesterday and was glad to learn the MSS.Editorial Note: The manuscripts in question are probably copies of manuscripts written by Eddy and used in teaching her early classes. She permitted students to keep copies of these manuscripts. Arrived safely.

I knew W. Wright had shown his Mss and I gave him liberty to let some of his family see them, that was all, and he signed a bond of 3000Editorial Note: $3000 in 1872 is the equivalent of $58,442.99 in 2014. not to show them! He is a rascal and low-minedCorrected:low-minded revengeful fellow—No person would do as he has done that was not all of this. His newspaper statementsEditorial Note: The “newspaper statements” are the attacks by Wright on Eddy’s teachings, published in January 1872 in the Lynn Transcript. are perfectly false he has no regard for truth and at the same time claims he is trying to save others from his fate, when he told Richard and myself that all he wanted was revenge. and this because I would not refund his tuition after I had fulfilled my part of the contract and he had been practicing some six months. His newspaper stuff I shall not heed tis of no account to those who are acquainted with me and it would be a stoop for me to reply to such flimsy malicious falsehoods. People here despise him for it, it has made some of his friends ashamed for him—he is injuring himself and absolutely doing me good the very reverse of what he intended.

I wish you would mark the places in that moral codeEditorial Note: The “moral code” may refer to a manuscript or part of a manuscript by Eddy that had been shared with John Greenleaf Whittier. that Whittier praised and also where he enquired about it and then you may retain a copy yourself and send me the original All it my MSS. are copyrighted

Any time that you can spare write me a line and may Wisdom hold you in the ways of pleasantness and paths of peaceProv 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Mary

N.B. It was not because of his hard practice that he gave up that had nothing to do with it 'Twas all owing to himself