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6My Beloved Students: — I cannot conscientiously lend my counsel to direct your action on receiving or dismiss- ing candidates. To do this, I should need to be with

9you. I cannot accept hearsay, and would need to know the circumstances and facts regarding both sides of the subject, to form a proper judgment. This is not my

12present province; hence I have hitherto declined to be consulted on these subjects, and still maintain this position.

15These are matters of grave import; and you cannot be indifferent to this, but will give them immediate at- tention, and be governed therein by the spirit and the

18letter of this Scripture: "Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them."

I cannot be the conscience for this church; but if I

21were, I would gather every reformed mortal that desired to come, into its fold, and counsel and help him to walk in the footsteps of His flock. I feel sure that as Chris-

24tian Scientists you will act, relative to this matter, up to your highest understanding of justice and mercy. Affectionately yours,

27MARY BAKER EDDY Feb. 12, 1895

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THE FIRST MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST,

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

3My Beloved Students: — Another year has rolled on, another annual meeting has convened, another space of time has been given us, and has another duty been done

6and another victory won for time and eternity? Do you meet in unity, preferring one another, and demonstrating the divine Principle of Christian Science? Have you

9improved past hours, and ladened them with records worthy to be borne heavenward? Have you learned that sin is inadmissible, and indicates a small mind?

12Do you manifest love for those that hate you and de- spitefully use you?

The man of integrity is one who makes it his constant

15rule to follow the road of duty, according as Truth and the voice of his conscience point it out to him. He is not guided merely by affections which may some time give

18the color of virtue to a loose and unstable character.

The upright man is guided by a fixed Principle, which destines him to do nothing but what is honorable, and to

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