18dents. He entered the medical school, and several other students with him. My counsel to all of them was in substance the same as the foregoing, and some of these
21students have openly acknowledged this.
In answer to a question on the following subject, I will state that I preached four years, and built up the
24church, before I would accept the slightest remuneration. When the church had sufficient members and means to pay a salary, and refused to give me up or to receive my
27gratuitous services, I accepted, for a time, fifteen dollars each Sunday when I preached. I never received more than this; and the contributions, when I preached,
30doubled that amount. I have accepted no pay from my church for about three years, and believe that I have put into the church-fund about two thousand dollars of
1my own contributions. I hold receipts for $1,489.50 paid in, and the balance was never receipted for.
3I temporarily organized a secret society known as the P. M., the workings whereof were not "terrible and too shocking to relate." By and with advice of the very
6student who brings up the question of this society, it was formed. The P. M. (Private Meeting) Society met only twice. The first subject given out for considera-
9tion was this: "There is no Animal Magnetism." There was no advice given, no mental work, and there were no transactions at those meetings which I would hesi-
12tate to have known. On the contrary, our deliberations were, as usual, Christian, and like my public instruction. The second P. M. convened in about one week from the
15first. The subject given out at that meeting was, in sub- stance, "God is All; there is none beside Him." This proved to be our last meeting. I dissolved the society,
18and we have not met since. If harm could come from the consideration of these two topics, it was because of the misconception of those subjects in the mind that
21handled them. An individual state of mind sometimes occasions effects on patients which are not in harmony with Science and the soundness of the argument used.
24Hence it prevents the normal action, and the benefit that would otherwise accrue.
I issue no arguments, and cause none to be used in
27mental practice, which consign people to suffering. On the contrary, I cannot serve two masters; therefore I teach the use of such arguments only as promote health
30and spiritual growth. My life, consecrated to humanity through nameless suffering and sacrifice, furnishes its own proof of my practice.