Items of Interest

Christian Scientists will be interested to know that the house at 23 Paradise Road, in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where Mrs. Eddy, then Mrs. Patterson, lived in 1866, is now open to the public. The house, owned by the Longyear Foundation, of Brookline, Massachusetts, was recently renovated by the Foundation's Trustees, and furnished according to the period in which Mrs. Eddy occupied a suite of rooms there.

The Christian Science Board Directors lent to the Longyear Foundation some articles of furniture for the house, including a bed and three chairs that were formerly used by Mrs. Eddy in her house at Pleasant View, Concord, New Hampshire. Some other small items which were part of the furnishings of her room in the original Mother Church edifice, which Mrs. Eddy closed in 1908, were also lent by the Directors to help to furnish the rooms in the house on Paradise Road. Other interesting historical pieces, acquired or owned by the Trustees, include a desk that was in the office of Asa G. Eddy when he was practicing Christian Science healing, before his marriage to the Founder of Christian Science. Within the desk is what may be called the first post-office box of the Christian Science activities; for it received the orders, so it is said, for copies of Science and Health when the latter was first published.

February 23, 1935

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