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

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   Since my residence in Concord, N. H., I have read
the daily paper, and had become an admirer of Edgar
L. Wakeman's terse, graphic, and poetic style in his
"Wanderings," richly flavored with the true ideas of
humanity and equality.  In an issue of January 17, however,

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were certain references to American women which
deserve and elicit brief comment.
   Mr. Wakeman writes from London, that a noted English
leader, whom he quotes without naming, avers that
the "cursed barmaid system" in England is evolved by
the same power which in America leads women "along
a gamut of isms and ists, from female suffrage, past a
score of reforms, to Christian Science."  This anonymous
talker further declares, that the central cause of
this "same original evil" is "a female passion for some
manner of notoriety."
   Is Mr. Wakeman awake, and caught napping?  While
praising the Scotchman's national pride and affection,
has our American correspondent lost these sentiments
from his own breast?  Has he forgotten how to honor
his native land and defend the dignity of her daughters
with his ready pen and pathos?
   The flaunting and floundering statements of the great
unknown for whose ability and popularity Mr. Wakeman
strongly vouches, should not only be queried, but flatly
contradicted, as both untrue and uncivil.  English sentiment
is not wholly represented by one man.  Nor is the
world ignorant of the fact that high and pure ethical
tones do resound from Albion's shores.  The most advanced
ideas are inscribed on tablets of such an organization
as the Victoria Institute, or Philosophical Society
of Great Britain, an institution which names itself after
her who is unquestionably the best queen on earth; who
for a half century has with such dignity, clemency, and
virtue worn the English crown and borne the English
   Now, I am a Christian Scientist, - the Founder of

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this system of religion, - widely known; and, by special
invitation, have allowed myself to be elected an associate
life-member of the Victoria Institute, which numbers
among its constituents and managers - not barmaids,
but bishops - profound philosophers, brilliant scholars.
   Was it ignorance of American society and history,
together with unfamiliarity with the work and career
of American women, which led the unknown author
cited by Mr. Wakeman to overflow in shallow sarcasm,
and place the barmaids of English alehouses and railways
in the same category with noble women who minister
in the sick-room, give their time and strength to
binding up the wounds of the broken-hearted, and live
on the plan of heaven?
   This writer classes Christian Science with theosophy
and spiritualism; whereas, they are by no means identical
- nor even similar.  Christian Science, antagonistic
to intemperance, as to all immorality, is by no means
associated therewith.  Do manly Britons patronize taprooms
and lazar-houses, and thus note or foster a feminine
ambition which, in this unknown gentleman's
language, "poises and poses, higgles and wriggles" itself
into publicity?  Why fall into such patronage, unless
from their affinity for the worst forms of vice?
   And the barmaids!  Do they enter this line of occupation
from a desire for notoriety and a wish to promote
female suffrage? or are they incited thereto by their
own poverty and the bad appetites of men?  What manner
of man is this unknown individual who utters barmaid

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