The writer of the short notice in your issue of the 16th...

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The writer of the short notice in your issue of the 16th inst., of Miss Milmine's life of Mrs. Eddy makes an illuminating remark. He says that it is difficult to understand from the picture drawn the fascination exerted by the subject. It certainly is most difficult to understand. The writer depicts Mrs. Eddy—the terms are those selected by the reviewer—as "selfish,"—yet Mrs. Eddy is known in her own neighborhood as one of the most charitable of citizens. When, not long since, after a residence of nineteen years in Concord, she moved to Boston, the mover of the farewell address, carried unanimously by the city council, spoke in these terms: "It is quite unnecessary for me to prompt your memory of the countless deeds of charity and her endless gifts. Neither is it necessary for me to call your attention to her innumerable donations to the more unfortunate ones in our midst." "Fickle,"—yet she is surrounded by workers, inside and outside her household, who have lived no terms of intimacy and the deepest affection for her for a quarter of a century. "Unlearned,"—yet the Christian Science movement contains thousands of men successful in business and well known at the bar, in the army and navy, and in artistic, literary, and scientific circles, who have found their greatest intellectual and spiritual stimulus in her teaching.

Is it any wonder that Dr. Allan McLane Hamilton, himself not a Christian Scientist, but one of the most distinguished of American medical men, who was brought in contact a little time ago with Mrs. Eddy in a law case into which she had been forced, wrote to her afterward: "It is the lot of every one who is in earnest in this life to have rivals and sometimes calumniators, and your have certainly had your share." "Suspicious,"—yet she has conceived a form of church government, the most democratic in the world, in which every congregation holds and disposes of its own church property, makes its own by-laws, and governs itself literally for the congregation, by the congregation. So suspicious is she that no member of the church is permitted even to make a complaint to her about another member. "Unscrupulous,"—yet the entire organization of the Christian Science movement is, under her instructions, scrupulous to the last extent of the rights and feelings of those who do not agree with it. "Quick to make and unmake favorites the moment she suspects want of obedience,"—yet she never interferes in the government of churches, but on the contrary leaves the entire movement free to work out its own salvation. No wonder that a great New York paper, absolutely unconnected with Christian Science, lately wrote, "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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