Whatever may be the opinion of the world at large upon...

Philadelphia Public Ledger

Whatever may be the opinion of the world at large upon the doctrines inculcated by the church of which she was the Founder, it is a question whether Mary Baker Eddy in the building up of this organization of half a million fervently loyal adherents has not outdone the achievement of any other woman who ever lived. There has been many a woman who "led her soul, her cause, her clan" to the accomplishment of a great humanitarian undertaking—who notably contributed to the promotion of temperance, to the amelioration of the lot of slaves or prisoners, to the effectiveness of missionary labor in the domestic or the foreign field, or to the alleviatory ministration to invalids in hospitals in war-time or in times of peace. The world has quite recently been called upon to mourn the passing of two such women—Florence Nightingale and Julia Ward Howe, both of whom were of approximately the age of Mrs. Eddy when they obeyed the summons of the invisible. But Mrs. Eddy was more than philanthropist and humanitarian. To create such a church and to inspire a following so numerous and so devoted, Mrs. Eddy must have been a woman of altogether extraordinary personal endowments.

December 17, 1910

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