An article in your issue of September 17 spoke courteously...

Union Nouvelle

An article in your issue of September 17 spoke courteously of the "constancy" of the efforts of Mary Baker Eddy and of the healing effects of Christian Science. However, it made various mistaken statements about Mrs. Eddy and her teachings. I should hesitate to ask for sufficient space in your columns to present the evidence that is available to refute all the erroneous statements mentioned, but I should appreciate an opportunity to present a few facts concerning Mrs. Eddy and the religion she established.

Mrs. Eddy came of a highly respected New England family. Her father was a justice of the peace and chaplain of the state militia, and was active in school and church affairs. Among his friends was Governor Benjamin Pierce of New Hampshire, father of Franklin Pierce, who was later President of the United States. Mrs. Eddy's mother was the great aunt of the Honorable Hoke Smith, Secretary of the Interior in the Cabinet of President Cleveland and United States Senator from Georgia. Mrs. Eddy's brother Albert was graduated from Dartmouth College and studied law in the office of Franklin Pierce; and after serving two terms in the New Hampshire Legislature he was nominated for Congress, but passed on before the election, at the age of thirty-one.

In her book "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 10) Mrs. Eddy says: "At ten years of age I was as familiar with Lindley Murray's Grammar as with the Westminster Catechism; and the latter I had to repeat every Sunday. My favorite studies were natural philosophy, logic, and moral science. From my brother Albert I received lessons in the ancient tongues, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin."

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