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I like the Journal and Quarterly, and have many of

Rev. Mary B. G. Eddy's works, which make my little

world. I have a great desire to learn more of this Love

that casts out all fear, and to work in this Science. It is

the greatest pleasure I have, to talk this truth, as far as

I understand it, to any who will listen; and am waiting

for others to learn of this blessed Science.

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I give my experience in reading "Science and Health

with Key to the Scriptures" aloud to a little child. A

letter published in the Journal, written by a lady who

had relieved a two-year-old child by reading to her, first

suggested this course to me. At the time, my little one

was a trifle over a year old. I was trying to overcome

for him a claim which, though not one of serious illness,

was no small trial to me, because of its frequent occur-

rence and its seeming ability to baffle my efforts. One

day as I sat near and treated him, it occurred to me to

read aloud. I took up one of the older editions of Science

and Health lying near, began at the words, "Brains

can give no idea of God's man," and read on for two

or three paragraphs, endeavoring — as the writer suggested

— to understand it myself; yet thinking, perchance,

the purer thought of the babe might grasp the underlying

meaning sooner than I. So it proved. Before the dis-

turbance felt by me had been calmed, the weary expres-

sion on the face of the child was replaced by one of evident


When putting him to sleep, I had often repeated the

spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer. One night

he was very restless, fretful, and cried a great deal,

while I seemed unable to soothe him. At last I per-

ceived that he was asking for something, and it dawned

upon me that the Prayer might be his desire. I began

repeating it aloud, endeavoring to mean it also. He

turned over quietly, and in a few minutes was sweetly


The last time my attention was specially called to

this subject, was about a year after the first experience.

Various hindrances had been allowed to keep me from

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Science and Health all day; and it was toward even-

ing when I recognized that material sense had been

given predominance, and must be put down. I soon felt

drawn to read the book. The little boy had seemed

restless and somewhat disturbed all day; but without

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