Chicago, Ill., Dec. 26, 1907.

Beloved Leader:—I am very grateful for your lucid explanation of "the higher criticism" according to Christian Science in the current Sentinel. It indicates to me why the human mind is of late so stirred to criticise and condemn—and the remedy in our "ever-present help." This needed explication is added proof to me of the great value of our periodicals, and illustrates the prompt benefits available to those who obey Section 2 of Article X. of the Manual of The Mother Church. The wide-spread circulation of these important notes from your pen also indicates the necessity for prompt obedience to the late calls for funds wherewith to erect and establishment in Boston suitable for the very best publication of our periodicals with their crumbs of comfort and instruction. What a privilege this Publishing Society building fund offers to our Field! and how surely we have been enabled to prove that the needs of all branch churches—building or otherwise—are supplied when the needs of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, are attended to first.

In these days wherein the vision of the Apocalypse is being fulfilled through your blessed work of love, I often find a necessity for a more close demonstration of the admonition to the church at Ephesus, contained in Revelation, 2: 5, "Repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place." How else indeed can our own local lights illumine the world of darkness if we do not our works in their scientific order? Lovingly,

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January 11, 1908

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