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Protestant Advocate

Your contributor seems to fancy that if he repeats false accusations against Mrs. Eddy often enough, and with sufficient assurance, what he says will sooner or later be generally accepted. Such disregard for the truth is, unfortunately, a not uncommon human failing, but it cannot be indulged with impunity when the means for its exposure are at hand. Like many another, Mark Twain became wiser as he gained more experience; and Mr. Paine, the great humorist's biographer, relates that in his later years he regarded Christian Science as "humanity's boon;" and he referred to Mrs. Eddy as having "organized and made available a healing principle that for two thousand years has never been employed, except as the merest kind of guesswork."

In refutation of the calumnies of Peabody and Milmine against Mrs. Eddy, which your contributor endeavors to resuscitate, perhaps you will allow me to quote the following extract from the records of the City of Concord, New Hampshire: "Mrs. Eddy was distinguished by public spirit, deep generosity, wide charity, and tender and thoughtful helpfulness, and it seems fitting and appropriate that we, the mayor and the board of aldermen and the common council of the city of Concord, take some action in behalf of our citizens to express our appreciation of her residence among us and our esteem of her character; therefore Be it resolved, That by the death of the Rev. Mary Baker Eddy the world has suffered an irreparable loss and the citizens of Concord the loss of an honored and a devoted friend of our city, whose motto was 'to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.'" This evidence as to Mrs. Eddy's character is that of men who were her neighbors for many years, and it can be attested by anyone honestly seeking the truth.

The suggestion that a "clique" in Boston publishes "garbled" editions of Mrs. Eddy's book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," is merely a figment of your correspondent's imagination, as will be seen from the following facts. Science and Health is published by a body of Trustees appointed in accordance with an opinion rendered by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. The Trustees so appointed have complete control of the publication of all of Mrs. Eddy's works, including Science and Health, and are responsible to the Court which appointed them. In view of these facts our friend is in honor bound to withdraw his unfounded allegation that The Christian Science Board of Directors in Boston publishes "garbled" editions of Mrs. Eddy's writings. I might also add that it can be confidently affirmed that no genuine Christian Scientist ever has quoted from, or would ever dream of quoting from, a "garbled" edition of Science and Health, even if such existed.

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