Pulpit and Press, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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ancient languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
   Her last marriage was in the spring of 1877, when, at
Lynn, Mass., she became the wife of Asa Gilbert Eddy.
He was the first organizer of a Christian Science Sunday
School, of which he was the superintendent, and later he

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attracted the attention of many clergymen of other denominations
by his able lectures upon Scriptural topics.
He died in 1882.
   Mrs. Eddy is known to her circle of pupils and admirers
as the editor and publisher of the first official organ of this
sect.  It was called the Journal of Christian Science, and
has had great circulation with the members of this fastincreasing
   In recounting her experiences as the pioneer of Christian
Science, she states that she sought knowledge concerning
the physical side in this research through the different
schools of allopathy, homoeopathy, and so forth, without
receiving any real satisfaction.  No ancient or modern
philosophy gave her any distinct statement of the Science
of Mind-healing.  She claims that no human reason has
been equal to the question.  And she also defines carefully
the difference in the theories between faith-cure and
Christian Science, dwelling particularly upon the terms
belief and understanding, which are the key words respectively
used in the definitions of these two healing arts.
   Besides her Boston home, Mrs. Eddy has a delightful
country home one mile from the State House of New
Hampshire's quiet capital, an easy driving distance for
her when she wishes to catch a glimpse of the world.  But
for the most part she lives very much retired, driving rather
into the country, which is so picturesque all about Concord
and its surrounding villages.
   The big house, so delightfully remodelled and modernized
from a primitive homestead that nothing is left excepting
the angles and pitch of the roof, is remarkably

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well placed upon a terrace that slopes behind the buildings,
while they themselves are in the midst of green
stretches of lawns, dotted with beds of flowering shrubs,
with here and there a fountain or summer-house.
   Mrs. Eddy took the writer straight to her beloved
"lookout" - a broad piazza on the south side of the second
story of the house, where she can sit in her swinging chair,
revelling in the lights and shades of spring and summer
greenness.  Or, as just then, in the gorgeous October
coloring of the whole landscape that lies below, across the
farm, which stretches on through an intervale of beautiful
meadows and pastures to the woods that skirt the valley
of the little truant river, as it wanders eastward.
   It pleased her to point out her own birthplace.  Straight
as the crow flies, from her piazza, does it lie on the brow
of Bow hill, and then she paused and reminded the reporter
that Congressman Baker from New Hampshire, her cousin,
was born and bred in that same neighborhood.  The
photograph of Hon. Hoke Smith, another distinguished
relative, adorned the mantel.
   Then my eye caught her family coat of arms and the
diploma given her by the Society of the Daughters of the
   The natural and lawful pride that comes with a tincture
of blue and brave blood, is perhaps one of her characteristics,
as is many another well-born woman's.  She had a
long list of worthy ancestors in Colonial and Revolutionary
days, and the McNeils and General Knox figure largely in
her genealogy, as well as the hero who killed the ill-starred

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   This big, sunny room which Mrs. Eddy calls her den -
or sometimes "Mother's room," when speaking of her

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