Accession: L13376
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Daniel H. Spofford, October 8, 1878
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Daniel H. Spofford 
Date: October 8, 1878
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
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Dear Student,

Won't As Written: Wont you make up your mind before it is forever too late to stop sinning with your eyes wide open? I pray for you that God will influence your thoughts to better issues, and make you a good and a great man, and spare you the penalty that must come if you do not forsake sin. I am ready at any time to welcome you back, and kill for you the fatted calfLuke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: , that is, destroy in my own breast the great material error of rendering evil for evil or resenting the wrongs done us. I do not cherish this purpose toward any one. I am too selfish to do myself this great-injury. I want you to be good, and happy in being good, for you never can be happy without it.

I rebuke error only to destroy it; not to harm you but to do you good. Whenever a straying student returns to duty stops his malpractice or sin against the Holy GhostMatt 12:31 ¶Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Matt 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. , I am ready to say "neither do I condemn thee go and sin no more."John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. I write you at this time only from a sense of the high and holy privilege of charity, the greatest of all gracesI Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. .

Do not mistake my motive, I am not worldly selfish in doing this, but am only desirous to do you good. Your silent arguments to do me harm have done me the greatest possible good; the wrath of man has praised TheePs 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. . In order to meet the emergency, Truth has lifted me above my former self, enabled me to know who is using the argument, and when and what is being spoken, — and knowing this, what is said in secret is proclaimed on the house topMatt 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Luke 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. , and affects me no more than for you to come and say it to me audibly, and tell me I have so and so; and to hate my husband; that I feel others; that arguments cannot do good; that Mrs. Rice cannot, that my husband cannot, etc, etc, I have now no need of human aid, God has shut the mouth of the lionsDan 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, The scare disappears when you know another is saying it and that the error is not your own

May God save you from the effects of the very sins you are committing and which you have been and will be the victim of, when the measure you are meeting shall be measured to youMatt 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. . Pause, think, solemnly and selfishly of the cost to you. Love instead of hate your friends, and enemies evenMatt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; . This alone can make you happy and draw down blessings infinite.

Have I been your friend? have I taught you faithfully the way of happiness? and rebuked sternly that which could turn you out of the way? If I have, then I was your friend and risked much to do you good. May God govern your resolves to do right from this hour and strengthen you to keep them.

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Dear Student,

Wont Corrected: Won't you make up your mind before it is forever too late to stop sinning with your eyes wide open? I pray for you that God will influence your thoughts to better issues, and make you a good and a great man, and spare you the penalty that must come if you do not forsake sin. I am ready at any time to welcome you back, and kill for you the fatted calfLuke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: , that is, to destroy in my own breast the great material error of rendering evil for evil or resenting the wrongs done us. I do not cherish this purpose toward any one. I am too selfish to do myself this great-injury. I want you to be good, and happy in being good, for you never can be happy without it.

I rebuke error only to destroy it; not to harm you but to do you good. Whenever a straying student returns to duty or stops his malpractice or sin against the Holy GhostMatt 12:31 ¶Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Matt 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. , I am ready to say "neither do I condemn thee go and sin no more."John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. I write you at this time only from a sense of the high and holy privilege of charity, the greatest of all gracesI Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. .

Do not mistake my motive, I am not worldly selfish in doing this, but am only desirous to do you good. Your silent arguments to do me harm have done me the greatest possible good; the wrath of man has praised TheePs 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. . In order to meet the emergency, Truth has lifted me above my former self, enabled me to know who is is using the argument, and when and what is being spoken, — and knowing this, what is said in this secret hour is proclaimed on the house topMatt 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Luke 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. , and affects me no more than for you to come and say it to me audibly, and tell me I have so and so; and to hate my husband; that I feel others; that arguments cannot do good; that Mrs. Rice cannot, and that my husband cannot, etc, etc, I have now no need of human aid, God has shut the mouth of the lionsDan 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, The scare disappears when you know another is saying it and that the error is not your own

May God save you from the effects of the very sins you are committing and which you have been and will be the victim of, what when the measure you are meeting shall be measured to youMatt 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. . Pause, think, solemnly and selfishly of the cost to you. Love instead of hate your friends, and enemies evenMatt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; . This alone can make you happy and draw down blessings infinite.

Have I been your friend? have I taught you faithfully the way of happiness? and rebuked sternly that which could turn you out of the way? If I have, then I was your friend and risked much to do you good. May God govern your resolves to do right from this hour and strengthen you to keep them.