LETTERS TO OUR LEADER
Newton, Mass., April 21, 1908.
Mrs. Mary B. G. Eddy, Box G, Brookline, Mass.
My Dear Madam:—Your very generous contribution to our fund for the aid of the Chelsea sufferers is received. In behalf of the committee I thank you most sincerely for your assistance. I take this occasion to welcome you as a resident of Newton, and sincerely hope that your home with us may be in every respect comfortable and pleasant.
Very sincerely yours,
George Hutchinson, Mayor.
Baltimore, Md., April 27, 1908.
Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Brookline, Mass.
Beloved Leader:—I rejoice daily that I am privileged to follow such a Leader,—one who never loses sight of the practical proofs of Christianity required by Jesus of his disciples: quick healing, brotherly love, sympathy, and tenderness towards those who may have erred; a Leader who sees the folly and uselessness of petty differences, ambition, and church squabbles, and understands that they are no part of Christian Science; a Leader who recognizes the emptiness of material gifts and ecstatic personal adoration, while the heart is crying aloud for the gratitude that is manifested in devout, united obedience, affection, and love for one another.
It would seem from your card in the Boston Herald that we were striving to give you everything the world affords except the one thing you most long for. God grant that our eyes may be opened to see and our ears to hear!
With a heart full of appreciation and love,
Wm. M. Goodwin.
Concord, N. H., April 25, 1908.
Dear Mrs. Eddy:—I went to Manchester last evening to attend the lecture given there by Mr. Bicknell Young. Mr. Young was introduced by Gov. Charles M. Floyd in a very gracious manner. Governor Floyd remained on the platform throughout the lecture, and at its conclusion expressed himself as being much interested and pleased with what he had heard. Enclosed are Governor Floyd's remarks, together with Mr. Young's lecture as publishing this morning in The Manchester Union, of which over five hundred extra copies are being circulated throughout the State. With much love and gratitude to you,
Charles B. Jamieson.
Boston, Mass., April 26, 1908.
Beloved Teacher:—I am sending under separate cover a Lewiston (Me.) paper which contains the introduction to my lecture there, and I believe it will interest you, for it is one of the best I ever heard. At every place where I have lectured, I have been greeted with larger audiences than before. The good people are yearning for more of the healing sense of Love, and this makes me seek to rise high enough in spiritual understanding to meet their needs. Then I can ever look beyond and see the lone footprints that have gone before, marking the way for this age, to Truth and Love. As I gain a clearer glimpse of your work, this gives impulse to inquiry beyond the human, that I may gain the true estimate of you, and acquaint myself with that estimate. I suspect sometimes, however, that your rapid progress has well-nigh taken you beyond where we may be of much benefit to you,—my own proofs of the truth seem so meager and my vision so limited. God certainly blesses you and keeps, you in the path of peace.
Lovingly your student,
Boston, Mass., April 17, 1908.
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Beloved Leader:—Will you kindly accept the enclosed copy of the new Concordance as a slight token of love and gratitude from the Christian Scientists who have had the privilege and pleasure of compiling, proof-reading, editing, and publishing it.
Emma T. Houtz,
Ruth L. Ingalls,
N. Florence Mellen,
Louise C. Souther,
Laura C. Conant,
Amanda A. Carey,
Albert F. Conant,
Allison V. Stewart.
Pilot View, Dalkey, Ireland, April 14, 1908.
Dear Leader:—As a former Sunday School teacher in two of your branch churches (Belfast and Dublin) I cannot refrain from thanking you for the loving interest in the children and teachers which prompted the new By-law. You have taught us that "desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires" (Science and Health, p. 1), and this By-law is only one of the very many proofs I have received of the truth of this statement. Though the Christian Scientists are not a very numerous body here as yet, they are very earnest in their wish to follow, even if but slowly, where you lead, knowing that you "follow Christ." With deep gratitude,
I am your student's student,
Boston, Mass., March 28, 1908.
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy.
Dear Teacher:—It is only rendering honor to whom honor is due, gratefully to acknowledge the beneficial effects realized by applying the spiritual instructions provided as a defense for the followers of Truth, as revealed in Christian Science, given on page 445 (lines 2—8), Science and Health. When reading, as requested, the recently added paragraph on page 442, there came to me a quickened sense of the likeness in your loving care for your students, to that of the great Master for his disciples, as found in Mark, 4:38, 39: "And they awake him, and say unto him. Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still." Each experience, with its practical value, makes more evident our absolute dependence on the priceless revelations of Christian Science for dominion over our physical and mental foes.
All good things should come to the one who truly honors God with her substance, and considers not self, but only the good of others in all her ways. The whole world rejoices because of the light which has appeared through your teachings.
Lovingly your student,
Mary Alice Dayton.
Philadelphia, Pa., April 23, 1908.
Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Brookline, Mass.
Beloved Leader:—My first class in Christian Science will contain some of the best men and women in our State. I want them to go forth endued with power and strength from on high, and with a right apprehension of your place in history as the one who has shown us more of God than the tired centuries have known since the days of our Saviour.
I shall be most happy to abide by your decision respecting the dishes. The love that has been bestowed in the making is not lost, and will soothe away the sense of disappointment which rises up when I think that such a dainty and exquisite service cannot fulfil its mission. Many months have been spent in preparing these pieces under the skilled thought and touch of the best artists. Each piece has been adorned with a little band of gold, and your coat-of-arms in gold has been laid upon each piece with a delicate brush. A daintier set was never made for any one anywhere, and the suggestion comes that it is hard to destroy so much beauty; but God never lets those suffer who strive to obey.
The plate containing your portrait we shall cherish, even though it does not give all that it might of your expression of loving strength. Mrs. Miller and I want always to be accounted ready to serve and uphold. We want to express constant gratitude for your loving guidance.
Yours in the truth,
Albert E. Miller.
[It is proper to state that the magnificent gift to our Leader mentioned in Mr. Miller's letter was finished before her card relating to "material presents" appeared in the Sentinel.—Editor.]
Montreal, Canada, April 20, 1908.
Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy.
Beloved Leader:—First Church of Christ, Scientist, Westmount, P. Q., send love, gratitude, and wish to tell you they organized this branch church on the 13th of April; held the first service Easter Sunday, April 19, in room in Victoria Hall, Westmount.Eunice Very, Clerk.
Hebron, N. S.
Dear Mrs. Eddy:—May these little flowers, the emblem of Nova Scotia, express to you my gratitude and love for the great good you are giving to all the human family.Jennie D. Hitchens.