What is quite unnecessary, what is really, when you...

City of London Observer

What is quite unnecessary, what is really, when you come to think of it, quite deplorable, is the unworthy little insinuation, which our critic drags in by the scruff of the neck, that Mrs. Eddy's views are tinctured by a desire to save her pocket. Mrs. Eddy, as every one who knows anything at all about her, including the great mass of the press of her own country, is peculiarly generous and particularly broad-minded in her gifts and charities. She gives to medical and sectarian institutions from whose views she differs, but whose motives she respects, and she gives very largely, though not necessarily at Christmas, to the charities about her. When comparatively recently she left Concord for her new home in Boston, the mover of the farewell address to her, passed unanimously by the city council, referred to this very matter, in these words: "It is quite unnecessary for me to call your memory of her countless deeds of charity and her endless gifts. Neither is it necessary for me to call your attention to her innumerable donations to the unfortunate ones in our midst." It is quite possible that Mrs. Eddy's view of what constitutes "on earth peace, good will toward men" may differ considerably from our critic's, but it is quite certain that it would never take the form of writing to the papers to suggest a lack of generosity on his part. Reading his article, one begins to understand more fully why a great American paper wrote the other day: "The public is tired of the hue and cry against Christian Science, and is not a little sympathetic with the dignified lady who presides over the councils of that church."

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