In your issue of June 14 you report an address delivered...

Evening Star

In your issue of June 14 you report an address delivered in a Spiritualist church, in which the speaker assumes that Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, "prior to organizing the Christian Science movement, had been a public medium in New York." I should be glad if you would grant me the privilege of replying to this remark.

Mrs. Eddy never was a medium. There is ample evidence to prove this. She certainly investigated the claims of spiritualism, as did almost every cultured person in the middle of the nineteenth century. Orthodoxy was loosening its hold, and spiritualism and its phenomena were the talk of the hour.

Even in Mrs. Eddy's day spiritualists took pleasure in claiming her as a medium, but she disclaimed her association at any time with spiritualism. In Tremont Temple, Boston, in 1885, Mrs. Eddy, answering certain questions, said: "Am I a spiritualist? I am not, and never was. I understand the impossibility of intercommunion between the so-called dead and living" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 95).

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November 27, 1937

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