New York, N. Y., April 17, 1910.

Beloved Leader:—"Love is the fulfilling of the law," and surely gratitude is the first-born of love. I write to express to you gratitude for your life, teachings, and writings, which have for the past six years been all to me. At that time I had reached the place where I did not wish to live, and yet feared to die. This condition was not the result of ill health, but of a life wasted and ill spent, that of a prodigal son in every sense of the words. I had separated myself from my family, and wandered far from home and friends in England. A friend used to speak to me of the truth, but I did not hear him, and he left me alone, feeling, as he told me afterward, that the seed had been sown. About a year later a blow came that sent me directly to him, and he advised me to see a practitioner. I went, although little understanding what for; but a short conversation convinced me that the practitioner had something worth while, and I began to hunger for it. Our text-book was put into my hand, and from that day to this it has been my constant companion.

At once the skies began to clear, and I found that life was indeed worth living, but that it was for me to learn how to live, and that Love was the only way. Within a few weeks a sense of hatred, so bitter that it was even then abhorrent to me, but which held me tightly in its grasp, was absolutely wiped out, and so effectually that not one unkind thought has ever passed since. To me this has been the most wonderful experience, and one for which I am most grateful. Right along it has been a constant and beautiful unfoldment of Love, and of Love's all-power to help, guide, and sustain in the hour of need. Although the way has not been strewn with flowers, by heeding your loving counsel and refraining from counting my bleeding footsteps, I have pressed on, "trusting Truth, the strong deliverer" (Science and Health, p. 226), striving by my life to express true gratitude to God and to His messenger, yourself, by faithfully and obediently adhering to the Principle revealed to us, and by at all times living love in my daily way and conversation. Accept my deep gratitude and love.

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