Accession: L12621
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to James Ackland, October 24, 1879
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: James Ackland 
Annotator: James Ackland 
Date: October 24, 1879
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
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DrEditorial Note: James Ackland did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons engaged in practicing various “healing arts,” were often called “Doctor.”. J. Ackland
My dear Student,

Handshift:James A. AcklandWritten to Philadelphia A. J.

Handshift:Mary Baker EddyYours at hand, my husband is in Boston today and I take the liberty of opening (as he directed me) the letter and replying for him.

Every thing has turned a summersault, the students are ready now to help and advise me to stop here in Boston (not at the Marble house) but one nearer town. Mrs. Choate and husband are going to take a house there and want me to go with them, the students have waked up to having meeting regularlyEditorial Note: The “regular meetings” of the students are probably the church services being held by the Church of Christ (Scientist).
On April 12, 1879, Mary Baker Eddy and the members of the Christian Scientist Association voted to organize a church to be named the Church of Christ, which "should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." By the time the church was chartered on August 23, 1879 it was renamed Church of Christ (Scientist) because another church had already been incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as "Church of Christ." On December 2, 1889, the Church abandoned its congregational form of organization by the unanimous vote of the membership, but it retained its name and continued to hold services and meetings. The Church was reorganized on September 23, 1892, as The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.
and are sanguine of success. Miss Rawson is going to Boston in the Spring. We have paid $600Editorial Note: $600 in 1879 is the equivalent of $15,400.87 in 2015. to settle no claim and the lawsuit has crippled us for means. Now my word is sacred, and I will do as I say if it injures myself, but the cause is nearer, and I think on account the recent newspaper reports, and the low finance, and the high interest that comes up just as we were on the eve of going -- that we ought to remain here this winter and I preach to the Pharisees one season to settle the ferment. I want to go to OhioEditorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy and Asa Gilbert Eddy had been planning to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio. and I said I should go, but we have been sadly disappointed not to hear directly from DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell on the state lawsEditorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy had asked Arthur T. Buswell to determine if the state laws in Ohio would be favorable to the practice of Christian Science healing. Buswell wrote to her on October 25, 1879 that the laws of Ohio seem to be favorable (243.39.002)., we are lately told they are unfavorable, how is it? If you wish to go without us we will submit, but had much rather have you with us wherever we are. I am thankful you are not put to inconvenience by going to Philadelphia As Written: Phila --to see the one particular star of your destiny mayhap, and now come back to us if you please and next time we will start together. Write DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell to get particulars about the state laws and the general prospect in Ohio so we shall know what to depend upon when we do go, as I intend to do at a no very distant future; and say to him we will help defray his expenses of travelling because we told him we should go and circumstances forbid it. We can front the M'sEditorial Note: Mesmerists?--and intimidate them if all will take hold as they now promise. This puts it back where it started. I am so sorry for dear DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell trouble and will help to make up his loss and aid him in future for it. Can I do any more or better under the changing circumstances? Tell the Dr to come back if he thinks best, or stay if it is better for him as I think possibly it may be.

AnswerAs Written:Ans. At once

If you can go into a promising practice in Philadelphia perhaps you had better remain there as I shall have no time to historize this winter Consult your own interest be sure and that will be best for the causeEditorial Note: The cause of Christian Science. if you get practice anywhere

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DrEditorial Note: James Ackland did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons engaged in practicing various “healing arts,” were often called “Doctor.”. J. Ackland
My dear Student,

Handshift:James A. AcklandWritten to Philadelphia A. J.

Handshift:Mary Baker EddyYours at hand, my husband is in Boston today and I take the liberty of opening (as he directed me) the letter and replying for him.

Every thing has turned a summersault, the students are ready now to help and advise me to stop here in Boston (not at the Marble house) but one nearer town. Mrs. Choate and husband are going to take a house there and want me to go with them, the students have waked up to having meeting regularlyEditorial Note: The “regular meetings” of the students are probably the church services being held by the Church of Christ (Scientist).
On April 12, 1879, Mary Baker Eddy and the members of the Christian Scientist Association voted to organize a church to be named the Church of Christ, which "should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." By the time the church was chartered on August 23, 1879 it was renamed Church of Christ (Scientist) because another church had already been incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as "Church of Christ." On December 2, 1889, the Church abandoned its congregational form of organization by the unanimous vote of the membership, but it retained its name and continued to hold services and meetings. The Church was reorganized on September 23, 1892, as The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.
and are sanguine of success. Miss Rawson is going to Boston in the Spring. We have paid $600Editorial Note: $600 in 1879 is the equivalent of $15,400.87 in 2015. to settle no claim and the lawsuit has crippled us for means. Now my word is sacred, and I will do as I say if it injures myself, but the cause is nearer, and I think on account the recent newspaper reports, and the low finance, and the high interest that comes up just as we were on the eve of going -- that we ought to remain here this winter and I preach to the Pharisees one season to settle the ferment. I want to go to OhioEditorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy and Asa Gilbert Eddy had been planning to relocate to Cincinnati, Ohio. and I said I should go, but we have been sadly disappointed not to hear directly from DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell on the state lawsEditorial Note: Mary Baker Eddy had asked Arthur T. Buswell to determine if the state laws in Ohio would be favorable to the practice of Christian Science healing. Buswell wrote to her on October 25, 1879 that the laws of Ohio seem to be favorable (243.39.002)., we are lately told they are unfavorable, how is it? If you wish to go without us we will submit, but had much rather have you with us wherever we are. I am thankful you are not put to inconvenience by going to Phila Corrected: Philadelphia --to see the one particular star of your destiny mayhap, and now come back to us if you please and next time we will start together. Write DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell to get particulars about the state laws and the general prospect in Ohio so we shall know what to depend upon when we do go, as I intend to do at a no very distant future; and say to him we will help defray his expenses of travelling because we told him we should go and circumstances forbid it. We can front the M'sEditorial Note: Mesmerists?--and intimidate them if all will take hold as they now promise. This puts it back where it started. I am so sorry for dear DrEditorial Note: Buswell did not have a medical degree, but in the nineteenth century, persons practicing various “healing arts” were often called “Doctor.”. Buswell trouble and will help to make up his loss and aid him in future for it. Can I do any more or better under the changing circumstances? Tell the Dr to come back if he thinks best, or stay if it is better for him as I think possibly it may be.

Ans.Expanded:Answer At once

If you can go into a promising practice in Philadelphia perhaps you had better remain there as I shall have no time to historize this winter Consult your own interest be sure and that will be best for the causeEditorial Note: The cause of Christian Science. if you get practice anywhere

I like your card it is like you