James E. Wolfe (1849-1916) was an evangelical preacher born in Hampton, Pennsylvania, who ministered all over the United States. At the time that Mary Baker Eddy wrote to him, he was editor of The Word of Truth and helping to lead the temperance movement in Newburyport, Massachusetts. On December 11, 1877, the "Citizens' Independent Temperance" ticket won the city election in Newburyport, taking control of the city council and mayorship. On the day of the election, James E. Wolfe was assaulted by the proprietor of the Ocean House restaurant in Newburyport who had taken umbrage at an expose printed in The Word of Truth about Newburyport's inns, restaurants, and hotels. After a nomadic life ministering all over the United States, Wolfe died in Los Angeles, California, on July 18, 1916.