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

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   Editor of Christian Science Journal: - You will oblige
me by giving place in your Journal to the following notice.
The idea and purpose of a Liberty Bell is pleasing, and
can be made profitable to the heart of our country.  I feel
assured that many Christian Scientists will respond to this
letter by contributions.
                                        Mary Baker Eddy

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Columbian Liberty Bell Committee,
1505 Penna. Ave., Washington, d. c.

   To the Daughters of the American Revolution: -

   It has been determined to create a Columbian Liberty
Bell, to be placed by the lovers of liberty and peace in
the most appropriate place in the coming World's Exposition
at Chicago.  After the close of the Exhibition this
bell will pass from place to place throughout the world
as a missionary of freedom, coming first to the capital
of the nation under the care of our society.
   Then it will go to Bunker Hill or Liberty Island, to
the battle-field of New Orleans (1812), to San Francisco,
to the place where any great patriotic celebration is being
held, until 1900, when it will be sent to the next World's
Exhibition, which takes place at Paris, France.  There it
will continue until that Exhibition closes.
   When not in use in other places, it will return to Washington
under the care of the Daughters of the American
Revolution.  Washington will be its home, and from there
it will journey from place to place, fulfilling its mission
throughout the world.
   The following is the proposed use of the bell: It shall
ring at sunrise and sunset; at nine o'clock in the morning
on the anniversaries of the days on which great events
have occurred marking the world's progress toward liberty;
at twelve o'clock on the birthdays of the "creators of
liberty;" and at four o'clock it will toll on the anniversaries
of their death.  (It will always ring at nine o'clock
on October 11th, in recognition of the organization on
that day of the Daughters of the American Revolution.)
. . . The responsibility of its production, and the direction
of its use, have been placed in the hands of a

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committee of women representing each State and Territory,
one representative from each Republic in the
world, and a representative from the patriotic societies,
- Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution,
the Lyceum League of America, the Society of German
Patriots, the Human Freedom League, and kindred
   The National Board of Management has placed upon
me the responsibility of representing the National Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution upon the
General Committee, and this circular is sent to every
member of the society, asking for her personal cooperation
in making the undertaking successful.  In creating
the bell it is particularly desired that the largest number
of persons possible shall have a part in it.  For this reason
small contributions from many persons are to be asked
for, rather than large contributions from a few.  They
are to be of two kinds: -
   First: Material that can be made a part of the bell;
articles of historic interest will be particularly appreciated
- gold, silver, bronze, copper, and nickel can be
   Second: Of money with which to pay for the bell.

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