In the year 1905 I was visiting friends in Chicago, and...

In the year 1905 I was visiting friends in Chicago, and they invited me to attend First Church of Christ, Scientist, there with them. They were students of Christian Science, and were beginning to make demonstrations over physical ailments. I became interested while reading the literature and their copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Being in a profession that took me all over the United States, and never being at one place more than a couple of weeks at one time, I neglected going to church and did not read as much as I should have done. However, I feel sure the seed was sown during that visit.

In 1918 I left New York for a rest cure. Through great anxiety, financial failure in business, and a rundown condition caused by fear during the World War, a pitiable state of melancholia manifested itself. I stayed away for a short time, but had a constant desire to return to New York and take up my home duties. On my return the same mental state returned. In September of 1918 I was placed in a hospital for the insane. I was never unconscious of my surroundings or of my own plight during the seven years I was an inmate of this institution. Finding some Christian Science literature on the table in our dormitory, I began to take it to my room. Five years went by before I got the spiritual understanding I required; but I kept on reading when I could, and praying for deliverance.

In 1923 a patient was brought to the receiving hall who had a copy of Science and Health with her. The doctor in charge gave orders for the book to be locked up. This patient had some understanding of Christian Science, and she received some literature from the membership of the local Christian Science church, which she offered me to read. She later gained possession of her Science and Health, and I had the opportunity of reading it also.

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February 25, 1928

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