(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

REPLY TO McCLURE'S MAGAZINE
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REPLY TO McCLURE'S MAGAZINE



   It is calumny on Christian Science to say that man is
aroused to thought or action only by ease, pleasure, or
recompense.  Something higher, nobler, more imperative
impels the impulse of Soul.
   It becomes my duty to be just to the departed and to
tread not ruthlessly on their ashes.  The attack on me
and my late father and his family in McClure's Magazine,
January, 1907, compels me as a dutiful child and the
Leader of Christian Science to speak.
   McClure's Magazine refers to my father's "tall, gaunt
frame" and pictures "the old man tramping doggedly
along the highway, regularly beating the ground with a
huge walking-stick."  My father's person was erect and
robust.  He never used a walking-stick.  To illustrate:
One time when my father was visiting Governor Pierce,
President Franklin Pierce's father, the Governor handed
him a gold-headed walking-stick as they were about to
start for church.  My father thanked the Governor,
but declined to accept the stick, saying, "I never use
a cane."
   Although McClure's Magazine attributes to my father
language unseemly, his household law, constantly enforced,
was no profanity and no slang phrases.  McClure's
Magazine also declares that the Bible was the only book
in his house.  On the contrary, my father was a great
reader.  The man whom McClure's Magazine characterizes

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as "ignorant, dominating, passionate, fearless," was
uniformly dignified - a well-informed, intellectual man,
cultivated in mind and manners.  He was called upon
to do much business for his town, making out deeds,
settling quarrels, and even acting as counsel in a lawsuit
involving a question of pauperism between the towns of
Loudon and Bow, N. H.  Franklin Pierce, afterwards
President of the United States, was the counsel for
Loudon and Mark Baker for Bow.  Both entered their
pleas, and my father won the suit.  After it was decided,
Mr. Pierce bowed to my father and congratulated him.
For several years father was chaplain of the New
Hampshire State Militia, and as I recollect it, he was
justice of the peace at one time.  My father was a
strong believer in States' rights, but slavery he regarded
as a great sin.
   Mark Baker was the youngest of his father's family, and
inherited his father's real estate, an extensive farm situated
in Bow and Concord, N. H.  It is on record that
Mark Baker's father paid the largest tax in the colony.
McClure's Magazine says, describing the Baker homestead
at Bow: "The house itself was a small, square box
building of rudimentary architecture."  My father's
house had a sloping roof, after the prevailing style of
architecture at that date.
   McClure's Magazine states: "Alone of the Bakers, he
lbert] received a liberal education. . . . Mary Baker
passed her first fifteen years at the ancestral home at Bow.
It was a lonely and unstimulating existence.  The church
supplied the only social diversions, the district school
practically all the intellectual life."
   Let us see what were the fruits of this "lonely and

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unstimulating existence."  All my father's daughters were
given an academic education, sufficiently advanced so that
they all taught school acceptably at various times and
places.  My brother Albert was a distinguished lawyer.
In addition to my academic training, I was privately
tutored by him.  He was a member of the New Hampshire

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