Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Much is said at this date, 1889, about Mrs. Eddy's
Massachusetts Metaphysical College being the only
chartered College of Metaphysics.  To make this plain,
the Publishing Committee of the Christian Scientist
Association has published in the Boston Traveler the
following: -

   "To benefit the community, and more strongly mark
the difference between true and false teachers of mental
healing, the following history and statistics are officially
submitted: -

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   "Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy obtained a college charter
in January, 1881, with all the rights and privileges pertaining
thereunto (including the right to grant degrees)
under Act of 1874, Chapter 375, Section 4.
   "This Act was repealed from and after January 31,
1882.  Mrs. Eddy's grant for a college, for metaphysical
purposes only, is the first on record in history, and no
charters were granted for similar colleges, except hers,
from January, 1881, till the repealing of said Act in
January, 1882.
   "The substance of this Act is at present incorporated
in Public Statutes, Chapter 115, Section 2, with the following
important restrictions:  In accordance with Statutes
of 1883, Chapter 268, any officer, agent, or servant of any
corporation or association, who confers, or authorizes
to be conferred, any diploma or degree, shall be punished
by a fine not less than five hundred dollars and
not more than one thousand dollars.
   "All the mind-healing colleges (except Rev. Mrs.
Eddy's) have simply an incorporated grant, which may
be called a charter, such as any stock company may obtain
for any secular purposes; but these so-called charters
bestow no rights to confer degrees.  Hence to name
these institutions, under such charters, colleges, is a fraudulent
claim.  There is but one legally chartered college
of metaphysics, with powers to confer diplomas and degrees,
and that is the Massachusetts Metaphysical College,
of which Rev. Mrs. Eddy is founder and president."

   I have endeavored to act toward all students of Christian
Science with the intuition and impulse of love.  If
certain natures have not profited by my rebukes, -

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some time, as Christian Scientists, they will know the
value of these rebukes.  I am thankful that the neophyte
will be benefited by experience, although it will
cost him much, and in proportion to its worth.
   I close my College in order to work in other directions,
where I now seem to be most needed, and where none
other can do the work.  I withdraw from an overwhelming
prosperity.  My students have never expressed so
grateful a sense of my labors with them as now, and
never have been so capable of relieving my tasks as at
   God bless my enemies, as well as the better part of
mankind, and gather all my students, in the bonds of
love and perfectness, into one grand family of Christ's
   Loyal Christian Scientists should go on in their present
line of labor for a good and holy cause.  Their institutes
have not yet accomplished all the good they are
capable of accomplishing; therefore they should continue,
as at present, to send out students from these
sources of education, to promote the growing interest in
Christian Science Mind-healing.
   There are one hundred and sixty applications lying on
the desk before me, for the Primary class in the Massachusetts

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