MARY BAKER EDDY
that the divine Spirit had wrought a miracle," she said, in
reference to this experience. "How, I could not tell, but
later I found it to be in perfect scientific accord with the
divine law." From 1866-'69 Mrs. Eddy withdrew from the
world to meditate, to pray, to search the Scriptures.
"During this time," she said, in reply to my questions,
"the Bible was my only textbook. It answered my questions
as to the process by which I was restored to health;
it came to me with a new meaning, and suddenly I apprehended
the spiritual meaning of the teaching of Jesus and
the Principle and the law involved in spiritual Science
and metaphysical healing - in a word - Christian
Mrs. Eddy came to perceive that Christ's healing was not
miraculous, but was simply a natural fulfilment of divine
law - a law as operative in the world to-day as it was
nineteen hundred years ago. "Divine Science is begotten
of spirituality," she says, "since only the 'pure in heart'
can see God."
In writing of this experience, Mrs. Eddy has said: -
"I had learned that thought must be spiritualized in
order to apprehend Spirit. It must become honest, unselfish,
and pure, in order to have the least understanding
of God in divine Science. The first must become last.
Our reliance upon material things must be transferred to
a perception of and dependence on spiritual things. For
Spirit to be supreme in demonstration, it must be supreme
in our affections, and we must be clad with divine power.
I had learned that Mind reconstructed the body, and that
nothing else could. All Science is a revelation."
Through homoeopathy, too, Mrs. Eddy became convinced
of the Principle of Mind-healing, discovering that
the more attenuated the drug, the more potent was its
In 1877 Mrs. Glover married Dr. Asa Gilbert Eddy, of
Londonderry, Vermont, a physician who had come into
sympathy with her own views, and who was the first to
place "Christian Scientist" on the sign at his door. Dr.
Eddy died in 1882, a year after her founding of the Metaphysical
College in Boston, in which he taught.
The work in the Metaphysical College lasted nine years,
and it was closed (in 1889) in the very zenith of its prosperity,
as Mrs. Eddy felt it essential to the deeper foundation
of her religious work to retire from active contact with
the world. To this College came hundreds and hundreds
of students, from Europe as well as this country. I was
present at the class lectures now and then, by Mrs. Eddy's
kind invitation, and such earnestness of attention as was
given to her morning talks by the men and women present
I never saw equalled.
On the evening that I first met Mrs. Eddy by her hospitable
courtesy, I went to her peculiarly fatigued. I came
away in a state of exhilaration and energy that made me
feel I could have walked any conceivable distance. I have
met Mrs. Eddy many times since then, and always with
this experience repeated.
Several years ago Mrs. Eddy removed from Columbus
to Commonwealth Avenue, where, just beyond Massachusetts
Avenue, at the entrance to the Back Bay Park,
she bought one of the most beautiful residences in Boston.
The interior is one of the utmost taste and luxury, and the
house is now occupied by Judge and Mrs. Hanna, who are
the editors of The Christian Science Journal, a monthly
publication, and to whose courtesy I am much indebted
for some of the data of this paper. "It is a pleasure to
give any information for The Inter-Ocean," remarked