(PART II) - MISCELLANY
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

LETTERS FROM STUDENTS
page 797


and Love,
                                        Florence Whiteside
                                        Chattanooga, Tenn.,
                                        December 4, 1906


   Beloved Teacher: - My heart has been too full to tell
you in words all that your wonderful life and sacrifice
means to me.  Neither do I now feel at all equal to expressing
the crowding thoughts of gratitude and praise
to God for giving this age such a Leader and teacher to
reveal to us His way.  Your crowning triumph over error
and sin, which we have so recently witnessed, in blessing
those who would destroy you if God did not hold you up
by the right hand of His righteousness, should mean to
your older students much that they may not have been
able to appreciate in times past.
   I wonder if you will remember that Mr. Snider and
myself boarded in the home of the late Rev. J. Henry
Wiggin during the time of our studying in the second
class with you - the Normal class in the fall of 1887?
We were at that time some eight days in Mr. and Mrs.


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Wiggin's home.  He often spoke his thoughts freely
about you and your work, especially your book Science
and Health.  Mr. Wiggin had somewhat of a thought
of contempt for the unlearned, and he scorned the suggestion
that Mr. Quimby had given you any idea for
your book, as he said you and your ideas were too
much alike for the book to have come from any one but
yourself.  He often said you were so original and so
very decided that no one could be of much service to
you, and he often hinted that he thought he could give
a clearer nomenclature for Science and Health.  I remember
telling you of this, and you explained how long
you had waited on the Lord to have those very terms
revealed to you.
   I am very sure that neither Mr. Wiggin nor his estimable
wife had any other thought but that you were
the author of your book, and were he here to-day he
would be too honorable to allow the thought to go out
that he had helped you write it.  He certainly never
gave us the impression that he thought you needed
help, for we always thought that Mr. Wiggin regarded
you as quite his literary equal, and was gratified and
pleased in numbering you among his literary friends.
Everything he said conveyed this impression to us -
that he regarded you as entirely unique and original.
He told us laughingly why he accepted your invitation
to sit through your class.  He said he wanted to see if
there was one woman under the sun who could keep to
her text.  When we asked him if he found you could do
so, he replied "Yes," and said that no man could have
done so any better.
   Both Mr. and Mrs. Wiggin frequently mentioned

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many kindnesses you had shown them, and spoke of
one especial day when amidst all your duties you personally
called to inquire of his welfare (he had been
ill) and to leave luscious hothouse fruit.  One thing
more, that I think will amuse you:  Mr. Wiggin was
very much troubled that you had bought your house
on Commonwealth Avenue, as he was very sure Back
Bay property would never be worth what you then

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