Accession: V03056
Editorial Title: Mary Baker Eddy to Samuel Putnam Bancroft, January 22, 1875
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Recipient: Samuel Putnam Bancroft 
Date: January 22, 1875 - archivist estimate
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by Mary Baker Eddy on stationery embossed with the letter “G.”
Archival Note: This document is a valid copy of F00354. The original letter is in the collection of Longyear Museum.
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V03056
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Dear Student,

I am sad sad at your want of practice but think the one principal reason I have discovered. I know it is not in you, that your moral claims are sufficient for success but I have seen in spiritual vision the enemy at work and to day, I learn from Mr. Prescott the whole case. Kennedy is hounding your footsteps He has been going to CambridgeportEditorial Note: Bancroft had been working to establish his Christian Science practice in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. for weeks past constantly, on the pretence that he has patients there but I know he never visits patients in that way. Where your circulars have gone he has got hold of the minds and turned them away from their purpose to give you a call. Now I have tried to have Pres--t help you and he is interested for you, but Dick's magnetism of mind reaches him and just as he concludes to study he will hear something that turns him away. The fact is, he is the most impressible person to mental influencemental malpractice
Mary Baker Eddy referred to mental malpractice as "the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose" (Science and Health 451:26). She cautioned her students against using mortal mind (Science and Health 591:25) to control others in their practice of Christian Science by stating "We have no moral right and no authority in Christian Science for influencing the thoughts of others, except it be to serve God and benefit mankind. Man is properly self-governed, and he should be guided by no other mind than Truth, the divine Mind" (Message for 1901 20:2-6). She felt that it was important for her students to know how to defend themselves against any adverse effects stemming from mortal mind and made an important addition to Science and Health to cover this topic (Retrospection and Introspection 38:7-10). She also instructed teachers of Christian Science to teach their students how to defend themselves against it (Church Manual 84:1). While initially Eddy referred to certain individuals, who had turned against Christian Science, as "mesmerists" or "mental malpractitioners," she learned over time that it was crucial in dealing with mental malpractice to see evil as an impersonal lie and not to identify it with persons.
I about ever saw, and because I have no power to do wrong as Dick has we are not equally matched and so it is with my good students. He injured Ingalls so that Ingalls injured himself to meet him

I am almost tired to death of so much effort made against me and nothing on the right side to weigh in the scale of truth for me and the cause

Now go about your own way dear student but do not stand still, make A stir; go to the sick and heal them if they do not send for you Be meek but dignified in your acts, and work, that is all my want and I know no other for you


Lovingly
Your teacher
M B G

Do not [?] Unclear or illegible P. Name in what I write

V03056
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Dear Student,

I am sad sad at your want of practice but think the one principal reason I have discovered. I know it is not in you, that your moral claims are sufficient for success but I have seen in spiritual vision the enemy at work and to day, I learn from Mr. Prescott the whole case. Kennedy is hounding your footsteps He has been going to CambridgeportEditorial Note: Bancroft had been working to establish his Christian Science practice in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. for weeks past constantly, on the pretence that he has patients there but I know he never visits patients in that way. Where your circulars have gone he has got hold of the minds and turned them away from their purpose to give you a call. Now I have tried to have Pres--t help you and he is interested for you, but Dick's magnetism of mind reaches him and just as he concludes to study he will hear something that turns him away. The fact is, he is the most impressible person to mental influencemental malpractice
Mary Baker Eddy referred to mental malpractice as "the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practised either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose" (Science and Health 451:26). She cautioned her students against using mortal mind (Science and Health 591:25) to control others in their practice of Christian Science by stating "We have no moral right and no authority in Christian Science for influencing the thoughts of others, except it be to serve God and benefit mankind. Man is properly self-governed, and he should be guided by no other mind than Truth, the divine Mind" (Message for 1901 20:2-6). She felt that it was important for her students to know how to defend themselves against any adverse effects stemming from mortal mind and made an important addition to Science and Health to cover this topic (Retrospection and Introspection 38:7-10). She also instructed teachers of Christian Science to teach their students how to defend themselves against it (Church Manual 84:1). While initially Eddy referred to certain individuals, who had turned against Christian Science, as "mesmerists" or "mental malpractitioners," she learned over time that it was crucial in dealing with mental malpractice to see evil as an impersonal lie and not to identify it with persons.
I about ever saw, and because I have no power to do wrong as Dick has we are not equally matched and so it is with my good students. He injured Ingalls so that Ingalls injured himself to meet him

I am almost tired to death of so much effort made against me and nothing on the right side to weigh in the scale of truth for me and the cause

Now go about your own way dear student but do not stand still, make A stir; go to the sick and heal them if they do not send for you Be meek but dignified in your acts, and work, that is all my want and I know no other for you


Lovingly
Your teacher
M B G

Do not [?] Unclear or illegible P. Name in what I write