In August, 1896, Science and Health was loaned to me...

In August, 1896, Science and Health was loaned to me by a friend who had been healed. Upon receiving the book I promised that I would go to see her healer. But time went on, and I read with an interest that I never found in any other book, feeling sure that there was something in it that I wanted. I told my husband that I would never go to another physician or take another drop of medicine; but how I was to escape from the prison walls which had enclosed me from childhood, with claims of heredity held over me, I did not know. In September, an old belief took possession of me, and, filled with fear, after three nights of sleeplessness, struggling with will power, I sought my friend who took me to her healer.

I soon found that she had an understanding of the Bible which I longed for. I asked for treatment, and after the third one I was healed of that claim. This gave me great hope. Paying for the treatment did not seem to be all the gratitude necessary. There was but one way of showing full appreciation, and that was to begin at once to gain the inheritance which I was convinced belonged to every one of God's children.

From the time I stopped treatment I have not failed to read Science and Health every day. Neither have I looked into any other books which have pretended to teach Mindhealing. My surroundings, from a babe were such as should have brought joy, peace, and happiness; but I had always found something lacking, and condemned myself for being discontented. But now, through the reading of Mrs. Eddy's works, I find the "feast" and satisfying thought I have been searching for so long.

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My two boys had preceded me on a visit
September 22, 1898

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