About six years ago I was compelled, by reason of...

About six years ago I was compelled, by reason of nervous breakdown, to give up my legal studies and law office work, to both of which I was devoted. I was advised by the physician whom I consulted (one of the best in Edinburgh, Scotland) to try constant change of scene, which I did. This went on for about a year, when—no improvement being manifest in my condition—I was advised to try outdoor work. This advice was followed, and I spent my evenings in the pursuit of my favorite studies. The best in literature were my constant companions, my reading being deep and thoughtful rather than extensive; my favorite authors then occupying the place in my regard which the greatest of all books, the Bible and Science and Health, now hold.

My efforts at this time were rewarded in a degree, but as it seemed I would not be able to undertake office work again, I decided, about four years ago, to go to Canada. I did so, and engaged in farm work, quietly pursuing my studies in the very limited time at my disposal. Three winters ago, after a summer of hard work and the strenuous work of the threshing season, I went to stay with a friend who since early boyhood had been my bosom companion, remaining there the greater part of the winter, and in February, 1907, went down to Winnipeg to begin work in a law office. I found, however, I had not yet overcome my fears, and thought it wise not to go on with this work when I felt that eventually I would have to give it up.

One day I met a friend from my native town in one of the city banks, where he was employed. After this we met frequently, and together attended an orthodox church, where I heard what seemed to me the best sermons I had ever listened to. In one of these sermons the preacher dealt mainly with Christian Science, and while he had much to say in favor of it, he somewhat illogically did not extend his eulogy to its Discoverer and Founder, Mrs. Eddy. A few days after hearing this particular sermon, I came across a copy of the Christian Science Sentinel in the free library of the city, and it struck me as being the purest, clearest, and most helpful literature I had ever read. Later on I became acquainted with the Journal, and these I literally devoured, although I sedulously tried not to let any one see what I was reading. I felt sure that I had found the truth, but I wanted to prove what I could of it in a quiet way before saying anything about it.

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Testimony of Healing
I am glad to tell what Christian Science has done for...
December 25, 1909

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