mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only. O
God, Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto
have I declared Thy wondrous works." (Psalms lxxi.
In the year 1878 I was called to preach in Boston at the
Baptist Tabernacle of Rev. Daniel C. Eddy, D.D., - by
the pastor of this church. I accepted the invitation and
The congregation so increased in number the pews were
not sufficient to seat the audience and benches were used
in the aisles. At the close of my engagement we parted
in Christian fellowship, if not in full unity of doctrine.
Our last vestry meeting was made memorable by eloquent
addresses from persons who feelingly testified to
having been healed through my preaching. Among other
diseases cured they specified cancers. The cases described
had been treated and given over by physicians of the popular
schools of medicine, but I had not heard of these cases
till the persons who divulged their secret joy were healed.
A prominent churchman agreeably informed the congregation
that many others present had been healed under
my preaching, but were too timid to testify in public.
One memorable Sunday afternoon, a soprano, - clear,
strong, sympathetic, - floating up from the pews, caught
my ear. When the meeting was over, two ladies pushing
their way through the crowd reached the platform. With
tears of joy flooding her eyes - for she was a mother -
one of them said, "Did you hear my daughter sing? Why,
she has not sung before since she left the choir and was
in consumption! When she entered this church one hour
ago she could not speak a loud word, and now, oh, thank
God, she is healed!"
It was not an uncommon occurrence in my own church
for the sick to be healed by my sermon. Many pale cripples
went into the church leaning on crutches who went out
carrying them on their shoulders. "And these signs shall
follow them that believe."
The charter for The Mother Church in Boston was obtained
June, 1879, *1 and the same month the members,
twenty-six in number, extended a call to Mary B. G. Eddy
to become their pastor. She accepted the call, and was
ordained A. D. 1881.
*1 This statement appears to be based upon the Annual Report
of the Secretary of The Christian Scientist Association, read at its
meeting, January 15, 1880, in which June is named as the month in
which the charter for The Mother Church was obtained, instead of
August 23, 1879, the correct date.