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

CHAPTER X - Inklings Historic
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imperative call for help impelled me to begin this stupendous
work at once, and teach the first student in
Christian Science.  Even as when an accident, called
fatal to life, had driven me to discover the Science of
Life, I again, in faith, turned to divine help, - and commenced
   My students at first practised in slightly differing
forms.  Although I could heal mentally, without a sign
save the immediate recovery of the sick, my students'
patients, and people generally, called for a sign - a material
evidence wherewith to satisfy the sick that something
was being done for them; and I said, "Suffer it
to be so now," for thus saith our Master.  Experience,
however, taught me the impossibility of demonstrating
the Science of metaphysical healing by any outward form
of practice.
   In April, 1883, a bill in equity was filed in the United
States Circuit Court in Boston, to restrain, by decree and
order of the Court, the unlawful publishing and use of an
infringing pamphlet printed and issued by a student of
Christian Science.
   Answer was filed by the defendant, alleging that the

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copyrighted works of Mrs. Eddy were not original with
her, but had been copied by her, or by her direction,
from manuscripts originally composed by Dr. P. P.
   Testimony was taken on the part of Mrs. Eddy, the
defendant being present personally and by counsel.  The
time for taking testimony on the part of the defendant
having nearly expired, he gave notice through his counsel
that he should not put in testimony.  Later, Mrs.
Eddy requested her lawyer to inquire of defendant's
counsel why he did not present evidence to support his
claim that Dr. Quimby was the author of her writings!
Accordingly, her counsel asked the defendant's counsel
this question, and he replied, in substance, "There is
no evidence to present."
   The stipulation for a judgment and a decree in favor
of Mrs. Eddy was drawn up and signed by counsel.
It was ordered that the complainant (Mrs. Eddy)
recover of the defendant her cost of suit, taxed at
($113.09) one hundred thirteen and 9                                        100 dollars.
   A writ of injunction was issued under the seal of the
said Court, restraining the defendant from directly or
indirectly printing, publishing, selling, giving away,
distributing, or in any way or manner disposing of,
the enjoined pamphlet, on penalty of ten thousand
   The infringing books, to the number of thirty-eight
hundred or thereabouts, were put under the edge of
the knife, and their unlawful existence destroyed, in
Boston, Massachusetts.
   It has been written that "nobody can be both founder
and discoverer of the same thing."  If this declaration

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were either a truism or a rule, my experience would
contradict it and prove an exception.
   No works on the subject of Christian Science existed,
prior to my discovery of this Science.  Before the publication
of my first work on this doctrine, a few manuscripts
of mine were in circulation.  The discovery and
founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty
years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those
with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are
helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to
this gift of God to the race, I am the debtor.
   In the latter half of the nineteenth century I discovered
the Science of Christianity, and restored the first

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