When less than three years old I met with an accident...

When less than three years old I met with an accident which left me rather delicate, and like many frail children, I acquired an unhappy, disagreeable disposition. I was supposed to have inherited delirious headaches from several generations of ancestors, and I had become subject to hay-fever, bronchitis, and stomach disorder, suffering for many years from all these ailments. When I was about twenty-four years old, lung trouble developed, and the physician gave me up, but said I might possibly live a few weeks if I went inland,—I was then living on the coast of Massachusetts. I accordingly went to an uncle who has preaching in the northern part of the state. When I arrived at his house the ladies' sewing society, which was meeting there, was discussing a neighbor who had taken up the study of Christian Science, and I absorbed all the adverse remarks that were made. This occurred more than twenty-six years ago.

A few days later this dear lady called and tried to talk to me about Christian Science, but I was so prejudiced that I would not listen. When she said she was willing to help me, I simply scoffed at her. However, I began at once to improve, and in six weeks a thorough medical examination showed the lungs to be sound. But that did not convince me that Christian Science was in any way entitled to credit, and for sixteen years I ridiculed, condemned, and repudiated what I thought Christian Science to be.

I had been instructed in three different denominations, and owing to inability to get any satisfying understanding or information from any of them, had early become an atheist. When I was finally constrained to look into Christian Science through the apparent improvement of my wife under its ministry, it appealed to me by its very simplicity, and I quickly grasped its teachings. For nearly eleven years now I have been a devoted student, and have overcome, through my own study and application of the truth, all the ills named above, also nervous exhaustion, weariness, resentment, hatred, and many other unpleasant habits and beliefs.

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December 4, 1915

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