Accession: L13362
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Alice M. Sibley, September 14, 1879
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Alice M. Sibley 
Date: September 14, 1879
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper with a printed pink design on the border.
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My dear Alice,

I had hoped to see you once more before I leaveEditorial Note: Eddy had been planning to move to Cincinnati, Ohio., but I shall not be able to. I shall miss your sweet face and kindly beaming eyes; and shall sweet Alice of the Highlands forget me? No! I cannot believe it; when memory grows weary of others I shall think of thee and be glad that one loves me only because she is drawn by the ties of her being towards me, and mingles involuntarily with my lone heart.

My heart opens to you as it cannot to others, child as you are, and yet a woman in sentiment and all the fine instincts of woman. Darling Alice, keep yourself pure from contamination. Let not the grosser element of other people's thoughts touch the finer fabric of thine own to interweave a single thread not golden. Aim at all that is exalted, put aside as worthless all that degrades or can only dim the luster of the jewel of mind. Let the perfect thought be the parent of the perfect deed, keep the fountain of mind unsullied by a single wrong thought, carelessly cherished, and then the bright promise of your sweet girlhood will meet the expectancy of riper years and of those who so tenderly love thee.

I will teach you the way to all that is pure and perfect when your time comes.

Meantime be getting ready. I appoint you guard over the students to speak to them a word in season out of your own true unselfish intuitions of right. A kiss —

AurevoirEditorial Note: Au revoir. French. Used to express farewell, literally: to the seeing again.
M. B. Glover Eddy
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My dear Alice,

I had hoped to see you once more before I leaveEditorial Note: Eddy had been planning to move to Cincinnati, Ohio., but I shall not be able to. I shall miss your sweet face and kindly beaming eyes; and shall sweet Alice of the Highlands forget me? No! I cannot believe it; when memory grows weary of others I shall think of thee and be glad that one loves me only because she is drawn by the ties of her being towards me, and mingles involuntarily with my lone heart.

My heart opens to you as it cannot to others, child as you are, and yet a woman in sentiment and all the fine instincts of woman. Darling Alice, keep yourself pure from contamination. Let not the grosser element of other people's thoughts touch the finer fabric of thine own to interweave a single thread not golden. Aim at all that is exalted, put aside as worthless all that degrades or can only dim the lusterre of the jewel of mind. Let the perfect thought be the parent of the perfect deed, keep the fountain of mind unsullied by a single wrong thought, carelessly cherished, and then the bright promise of your sweet girlhood will meet the expectancy of riper years and of those who so tenderly love thee.

I will teach you the way to all that is pure and perfect when your time comes.

Meantime be getting ready. I appoint you guard over the students to speak to them a word in season out of your own true unselfish intuitions of right. A kiss —

AurevoirEditorial Note: Au revoir. French. Used to express farewell, literally: to the seeing again.
M. B. Glover Eddy