Accession: V03039
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Samuel Putnam Bancroft, 1872
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Samuel Putnam Bancroft 
Date: 1872 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on lined paper.
Archival Note: This document is a valid copy of F00344. The original letter is in the collection of Longyear Museum.
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Dr. Bancroft,
Dear Student,

[*]Archival Note: Vertical lines have been drawn through this paragraph.By whichsoever name I call you "thou art so near" and yet some considerable distance away--which meaneth "and yet so far"?

I shall write even though I have not much to say, and do you ask why is this? I answer because I am a fish out of water; when I am dragged away from wisdom and love into the grosser abyss of folly and hate then I am not a fish at home. Truth is, I am to tried by the malice of my studentsEditorial Note: When Eddy referred to the "malice" of her students, she was probably thinking of Richard Kennedy and Wallace Wright, both of whom had come to reject her teachings and were opposing her. Wright had launched a series of attacks on Eddy's teachings in the Lynn Transcript. that up to this time or a little prior to it I have done nothing but love and praise, that I am losingAs Written:loosing my happiness and consequently my health in the dark labyrinth into which I gaze and stand upon the brink thinking momently, will my students plunge therein? Yes, Mr. Bancroft they have taken even this step of late if you call I will tell you about it. Please call Tomorrow Wed. Eve. and I will be here. Soul and body are one in science only we are the soul, this I have just learned but how can I make you see a demonstration that you can't give.

Oh, how I have worked, pondered and constantly imparted my discoveries to this wicked boy that I shall not name, and all for what! God grant me patience. Mrs Susie Oliver told me once Richard said he thought I had suffered so much from bad students if he did not well it would kill me! but it won't. I most fear it will ruin my sweet disposition.

I may as well jest over the absurd striplings that turn to rend me, to threatenAs Written:threatten me with disgrace and imprisonment for giving to them a discovery that money cannot pay for, but a little good breeding might have helped at least to reward the toil, and scorn, and obscurity, by which it was won for them.

Adieu
Mary

Give my teacherly love to Mr. S. P. Bancroft as one of the good ones so far

Kennedy
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Dr. Bancroft,
Dear Student,

[*]Archival Note: Vertical lines have been drawn through this paragraph.By whichsoever name I call you "thou art so near" and yet some considerable distance away--which meaneth "and yet so far"?

I shall write even though I have not much to say, and do you ask why is this? I answer because I am a fish out of water; when I am dragged away from wisdom and love into the grosser abyss of folly and hate then I am not a fish at home. Truth is, I am to tried by the malice of my studentsEditorial Note: When Eddy referred to the "malice" of her students, she was probably thinking of Richard Kennedy and Wallace Wright, both of whom had come to reject her teachings and were opposing her. Wright had launched a series of attacks on Eddy's teachings in the Lynn Transcript. that up to this time or a little prior to it I have done nothing but love and praise, that I am loosingCorrected:losing my happiness and consequently my health in the dark labyrinth into which I gaze and stand upon the brink thinking momently, will my students plunge therein? Yes, Mr. Bancroft they have taken even this step of late if you call I will tell you about it. Please call Tomorrow Wed. Eve. and I will be here. Soul and body are one in science only we are the soul, this I have just learned but how can I make you see a demonstration that you can't give.

Oh, how I have worked, pondered and constantly imparted my discoveries to this wicked boy that I shall not name, and all for what! God grant me patience. Mrs Susie Oliver told me once Richard said he thought I had suffered so much from bad students if he did not well it would kill me! but it won't. I most fear it will ruin my sweet disposition.

I may as well jest over the absurd striplings that turn to rend me, to threattenCorrected:threaten me with disgrace and imprisonment for giving to them a discovery that money cannot pay for, but a little good breeding might have helped at least to reward the toil, and scorn, and obscurity, by which it was won for them.

Adieu
Mary

Give my teacherly love to Mr. S. P. Bancroft as one of the good ones so far

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