and discoverer of the same thing." If this declaration
1were either a truism or a rule, my experience would contradict it and prove an exception.
3No works on the subject of Christian Science existed, prior to my discovery of this Science. Before the publi- cation of my first work on this doctrine, a few manu-
6scripts of mine were in circulation. The discovery and founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those
9with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to this gift of God to the race, I am the debtor.
12In the latter half of the nineteenth century I discov- ered the Science of Christianity, and restored the first patient healed in this age by Christian Science. I taught
15the first student in Christian Science Mind-healing; was author and publisher of the first books on this subject; obtained the first charter for the first Christian Science
18church, originated its form of government, and was its first pastor. I donated to this church the land on which in 1894 was erected the first church edifice of this de-
21nomination in Boston; obtained the first and only charter for a metaphysical medical college, — was its first and only president; was editor and proprietor of the first
24Christian Science periodical; organized the first Chris- tian Scientist Association, wrote its constitution and by- laws, — as also the constitution and by-laws of the
27National Christian Science Association; and gave it The Christian Science Journal; inaugurated our denom- inational form of Sunday services, Sunday School, and
30the entire system of teaching and practising Christian Science.
In 1895 I ordained that the Bible, and "Science and
1Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Christian Science textbook, be the pastor, on this planet, of all the churches
3of the Christian Science denomination. This ordinance took effect the same year, and met with the universal ap- proval and support of Christian Scientists. Whenever
6and wherever a church of Christian Science is established, its pastor is the Bible and my book.
In 1896 it goes without saying, preeminent over igno-