Accession: V03041
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Samuel Putnam Bancroft, January 1875
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Samuel Putnam Bancroft 
Date: January 1875 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy.
Archival Note: This document is a valid copy of F00352. The original letter is in the collection of Longyear Museum.
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I am just in receipt of your letter

It is really dark but I can write if you can read it.

About that lady from the Hotel Bancroft as you sit alone speak to her spiritually and bring her up to your spiritual vision divested of all fetters of lameness etc When she visits you tell her mind controlledAs Written:controld by a belief as in mesmerism makes a joint stiff and so it does in her case Realize this yourself and have as much faith in Truth as the mesmerizer has in error and you can snap her out like the blade of an old jackknife

Having more faith in mind than matter in head than hair you will conquer at length and be ye not weary in well doingGal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. I know your specialty of error and you have a thorn in the fleshII Cor 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. but remember Paul was a great and immortal man under difficulties and so will you be if ever you are one I cant get over my fun at your expression about your patient hence the effect on my writing What do you say to my introducing myself to my hearers with the chapter on marriageEditorial Note: See pages 314-326 of the first edition of Science and Health (Boston: Christian Scientist Publishing Company, 1875). that has some woman's rights in itEditorial Note: Eddy references the rights of women on pages 321-322 in the "Marriage" chapter of the first edition of Science and Health (Boston: Christian Scientist Publishing Company, 1875): The rights of woman are discussed on grounds that seem to us not the most important. Law establishes a very unnatural difference between the rights of the two sexes; but science furnishes no precedent for such injustice, and civilization brings, in some measure, its mitigation, therefore it is a marvel that society should accord her less than either. Our laws are not impartial, to say the least, relative to the person, property, and parental claims of the two sexes; and if the elective enfranchisement of woman would remedy this evil without incurring difficulties of greater magnitude, we hope it will be effected. A very tenable means at present, is to improve society in general, and achieve a nobler manhood to frame our laws. If a dissolute husband deserts his wife, it should not follow that the wronged and perchance impoverished woman cannot collect her own wages, or enter into agreements, hold real estate, deposit funds, or surely claim her own offspring free from his right of interference. A want of reciprocity in society is a great want that the selfishness of the world has occasioned. Our forefathers exercised their faith in the direction St. James taught, "To visit the fatherless and widows, and keep yourself unspotted from the world "; but ostentation, the master of ceremonies, and stereotyped belief have ruled out primitive Christianity, so that when a man would lend a helping hand to some noble woman, struggling alone with adversity, his more prudent wife saith "'Tis never best to interfere with thy neighbor's business." and is a finished, almost perfect thing. Then turning from my notes addressing them briefly on science sufficient to interest them in its cure so as to refer them to Dr.Editorial Note: It was customary in the 1870s to refer to someone practicing healing as “Doctor,” even if they did not have the MD degree. Bancroft I forgot I was to visit you forgive it for I am overcharged I will tell you about the house when I see you I hope Mr Hitchings will exchange for you put him up to it he is inclined to be slow Allen is either cured or an imposter

Be of good cheer

Teacher
M B G
V03041
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I am just in receipt of your letter

It is really dark but I can write if you can read it.

About that lady from the Hotel Bancroft as you sit alone speak to her spiritually and bring her up to your spiritual vision divested of all fetters of lameness etc When she visits you tell her mind controldCorrected:controlled by a belief as in mesmerism makes a joint stiff and so it does in her case Realize this yourself and have as much faith in Truth as the mesmerizer has in error and you can snap her out like the blade of an old jackknife

Having more faith in mind than matter in head than hair you will conquer at length and be ye not weary in well doingGal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. I know your specialty of error and you have a thorn in the fleshII Cor 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. but remember Paul was a great and immortal man with under difficulties and so will you be if ever you are one I cant get over my fun at your expression about your patient hence the effect on my writing What do you say to my introducing a myself to my hearers with the chapter on marriageEditorial Note: See pages 314-326 of the first edition of Science and Health (Boston: Christian Scientist Publishing Company, 1875). that has some woman's rights in itEditorial Note: Eddy references the rights of women on pages 321-322 in the "Marriage" chapter of the first edition of Science and Health (Boston: Christian Scientist Publishing Company, 1875): The rights of woman are discussed on grounds that seem to us not the most important. Law establishes a very unnatural difference between the rights of the two sexes; but science furnishes no precedent for such injustice, and civilization brings, in some measure, its mitigation, therefore it is a marvel that society should accord her less than either. Our laws are not impartial, to say the least, relative to the person, property, and parental claims of the two sexes; and if the elective enfranchisement of woman would remedy this evil without incurring difficulties of greater magnitude, we hope it will be effected. A very tenable means at present, is to improve society in general, and achieve a nobler manhood to frame our laws. If a dissolute husband deserts his wife, it should not follow that the wronged and perchance impoverished woman cannot collect her own wages, or enter into agreements, hold real estate, deposit funds, or surely claim her own offspring free from his right of interference. A want of reciprocity in society is a great want that the selfishness of the world has occasioned. Our forefathers exercised their faith in the direction St. James taught, "To visit the fatherless and widows, and keep yourself unspotted from the world "; but ostentation, the master of ceremonies, and stereotyped belief have ruled out primitive Christianity, so that when a man would lend a helping hand to some noble woman, struggling alone with adversity, his more prudent wife saith "'Tis never best to interfere with thy neighbor's business." and is a finished, almost perfect thing. Then turning from my notes addressing them briefly on science sufficient to interest them in its cure so as to refer them to me Dr.Editorial Note: It was customary in the 1870s to refer to someone practicing healing as “Doctor,” even if they did not have the MD degree. Bancroft I forgot I was to visit you forgive it for I am overcharged I will tell you about the house when I see you I hope Mr Hitchings will exchange for you put him up to it he is inclined to be slow Allen is either cured or an imposter

Be of good cheer

Teacher
M B G