Accession: L08658
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to James C. Howard, August 3, 1880
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: James C. Howard 
Date: August 3, 1880 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
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Dear Student,

Forgive me for my often coming. But they are firing too sharp too live quietly under it. and I am so anxious lest they mar a single bit the lustre of your armor. Keep it burnished by use as you are doing and never allow a fear to take possession of you for a moment.

I am the most helpless of you all in this warfare, and sometimes I long to pass beyond it But never never breathe what I say to you for I think aloud As Written: alouud instead of fashioning expressions I never did so before but I have always felt confident of your genuineness to a friend or to an enemy. We shall never be enemies unless the m—sEditorial Note: mesmerists get possession of one of us and this I can’t As Written: cant believe. They made you sleep, and as you say you are no "sleepy head" Minerva's birdEditorial Note: Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom. “Minerva’s bird,” often identified as a chicken or owl, is a symbol of wisdom. is quite as much so, but you said and I believe you, it was the first and the last of that trick. This I can assure you that they have worked more persistently since we left than before even I have at last concluded to write one of the most prolific sources of my sufferings and enclose the letter to you as usual. I leave it unsealed for you to read. Now dear student, will you exercise your judgment As Written: judgement for me and if she has got the students in her fatal meshes generally, don'tAs Written:dont send the letter to her. The meetings of the C. S. A.Editorial Note: Christian Scientist Association will show you and you are so intuitive you will judge rightly

When you can conveniently, and feel like it, write us about the doings at the last meeting I fear I did not plainly explain about the Presidency I want you in the chair above all others and only spoke of her, Mrs. D., because of the uncertainty of your stay in B.Editorial Note: Boston Perhaps I made a blunder in stating it in my letter, if so, please pardon, and always think of us exilesEditorial Note: Possible an allusion to the fact that Mary Baker Eddy and Asa Gilbert Eddy were spending July and August 1880 in Concord, New Hampshire. as you judged of us in our immediate atmospheres.

May heaven bless you, and help us all

Love to all the dear ones at home

Kindest wishes from my husband.

Ever the same in Truth and Love
M B G E

I have concluded not to enclose the letter but wait until I hear from you

The singing booksEditorial Note: Probably a reference to hymnals. were wrapped As Written: wraped in paper by PeterEditorial Note: This may be a reference to Hanover P. Smith. and brought to our rooms 551 S. A. and they remain there just where he left them up to the time he left in the sleeping As Written: sleepin room against the wall under the front window We did nothing with them but left them where they were She the "cruel" wanted new books has she put them out of the way for that purpose? Or did the man who moved our furniture after we left take them by mistake?

L08658
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Dear Student,

Forgive me for my often coming. But they are firing too sharp too live quietly under it. and I am so anxious lest they mar a single bit the lustre of your armor. Keep it burnished by use as you are doing and never allow a fear to take possession of you for a moment.

I am the most helpless of you all in this warfare, and sometimes I long to pass beyond it But never never breathe what I say to you for I think alouud Corrected: aloud instead of fashioning expressions I never did so before but I have always felt confident of your genuineness to a friend or to an enemy. We shall never be enemies unless the m—sEditorial Note: mesmerists get possession of one of us and this I cant Corrected: can’t believe. They made you sleep, and as you say you are no "sleepy head" Minerva's birdEditorial Note: Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom. “Minerva’s bird,” often identified as a chicken or owl, is a symbol of wisdom. is quite as much so, but you said and I believe you, it was the first and the last of that trick. This I can assure you that they have worked more persistently since we left than before even I have at last concluded to write one of the most prolific sources of my sufferings and enclose the letter to you as usual. I leave it unsealed for you to read. Now dear student, will you exercise your judgement Corrected: judgment for me and if she has got the students in her fatal meshes generally, dontCorrected:don't send the letter to her. The meetings of the C. S. A.Editorial Note: Christian Scientist Association will show you and you are so intuitive you will judge rightly

When you can conveniently, and feel like it, write us about the doings at the last meeting I fear I did not plainly explain about the Presidency I want you in the chair above all others and only spoke of her, Mrs. D., because of the uncertainty of your stay in B.Editorial Note: Boston Perhaps I made a blunder in stating it in my letter, if so, please pardon, and always think of us exilesEditorial Note: Possible an allusion to the fact that Mary Baker Eddy and Asa Gilbert Eddy were spending July and August 1880 in Concord, New Hampshire. as you judged of us in our immediate atmospheres.

May heaven bless you, and help us all

Love to all the dear ones at home

Kindest wishes from my husband.

Ever the same in Truth and Love
M B G E

I have concluded not to enclose the letter but wait until I hear from you

The singing booksEditorial Note: Probably a reference to hymnals. were wraped Corrected: wrapped in paper by PeterEditorial Note: This may be a reference to Hanover P. Smith. and brought to our rooms 551 S. A. and they remain there just where he left them up to the time he left in the sleepin Corrected: sleeping room against the wall under the front window We did nothing with them but left them where they were She the "cruel" wanted new books has she put them out of the way for that purpose? Or did the man who moved our furniture after we left take them by mistake?