Letters to our Leader

New York City, January 8, 1906.

Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.

Beloved Leader:—I am enclosing a copy of a clipping from the New York World of recent date, containing an appreciative reference to your views on Christmas present-giving. Judging from many similar expressions in the public press, your thought on this subject has struck a responsive chord in many hearts. The love that has so long been forced into congested channels can now flow more freely throughout the year. To quote your own words, "Blessed is that mortal who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it," regardless of the season, but as opportunity may offer. Science and Health informs us that "Giving cannot impoverish in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us." I feel deeply grateful to you, dear Leader, for your wise and timely By-law. A blow has been struck at a traditional custom that has obscured "peace and good will" at the Christmas season.

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