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Methodist Recorder

An item in the Methodist Recorder
London, England

Mr. J. B. Priestley, a good many years ago, wrote a humorous essay on Mrs. Beeton, author of the famous books on cookery and household management. He knew nothing at all about Mrs. Beeton, but he imagined her as compiling gorgeous cookery receipts ("Take two dozen eggs") while the unfortunate Mr. Beeton was dining daily on cold scrag of mutton. When the authoritative biography of Mrs. Beeton appeared, it appeared also that she was a handsome young woman who kept an excellent table for her family and friends and was married to a thoroughly contented husband.

It may be said without offence that many of us have conceived a notion of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, which is as far wide of the mark as Mr. Priestley's notion of Mrs. Beeton. We have thought of her, vaguely, as somewhat resembling the transcendentalist ladies of whom Dickens made such wicked fun in "Martin Chuzzlewit." This idea is completely dispelled by a big new book by Robert Peel entitled Mary Baker Eddy, The Years of Discovery....

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October 21, 1967

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