Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   To the Editor: - At no better time than now, when the
whole country is recognizing the steady progress of Christian
Science and admitting its interest in the movement,
as shown by the fair attitude of the press everywhere,
could we ask you to give your readers the following
communication.  It will put before them some interesting
facts concerning Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, and some incidents
of her life in North and South Carolina which
might not have been known but for a criticism of this

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good woman which was published in your paper in
August, 1901.
   I presume we should not be surprised that a noteworthy
follower of our Lord should be maligned, since the great
Master himself was scandalized, and he prophesied that
his followers would be so treated.  The calumniator who
informed you in this instance locates Mrs. Eddy in Wilmington
in 1843, thus contradicting his own statement,
since Mrs. Eddy was not then a resident of Wilmington.
A local Christian Scientist of your city, whose womanhood
and Christianity are appreciated by all, assisted by a
Mason of good standing there and a Christian Scientist of
Charleston, S. C., carefully investigated the points concerning
Major Glover's history which are questioned by
this critic, and has found Mrs. Eddy's statements, relating
to her husband (who she states was of Charleston,
S. C., not of Wilmington, but who died there while on
business in 1844, not in 1843, as claimed in your issue) are
sustained by Masonic records in each place as well as
by Wilmington newspapers of that year.  In "Retrospection
and Introspection" (p. 19) Mrs. Eddy says of
this circumstance: -
   "My husband was a Free Mason, being a member in St.
Andrew's Lodge, No. 10, and of Union Chapter, No. 3, of
Royal Arch Masons.  He was highly esteemed and sincerely
lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances,
whose kindness and sympathy helped to support me
in this terrible bereavement.  A month later I returned to
New Hampshire, where, at the end of four months, my
babe was born.  Colonel Glover's tender devotion to his
young bride was remarked by all observers.  With his
parting breath he gave pathetic directions to his brother

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Masons about accompanying her on her sad journey to
the North.  Here it is but justice to record, they performed
their obligations most faithfully."
   Such watchful solicitude as Mrs. Eddy received at the
hands of Wilmington's best citizens, among whom she
remembers the Rev. Mr. Reperton, a Baptist clergyman,
and the Governor of the State, who accompanied her to
the train on her departure, indicates her irreproachable
standing in your city at that time.
   The following letter of thanks, copied from the Wilmington
Chronicle of August 21, 1844, testifies to the love
and respect entertained for Mrs. Eddy by Wilmington's
best men, whose Southern chivalry would have scorned
to extend such unrestrained hospitality to an unworthy
woman as quickly as it would have punished the assailant
of a good woman: -

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