"My teachings and writings will answer any question on Christian Science, and long experience has taught me to recommend the literature of Christian Science to those who interrogate"
American religious leader (1821-1910) who founded the Church of Christ, and scientist who authored the influential text outlining its doctrines, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Rare ALS from Mary Baker Eddy, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 6.25 x 7.75, Concord, N.H. letterhead, December 14, 1892. Handwritten letter to her “beloved student” Sarah Adams, in part: “I am sorry to learn you ‘lost’ your ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,’ and I quote you merely to observe that your book never can be lost. It is His will that such things occur in our search for the living Health-giving Truth. Please to inform your friend that application must be made in the regular manner; this is a rule and may not be disregarded. However, you might invite and insure her attendance at the service on Sunday. As to my answering the assorted questions of those unacquainted with the teachings of Christian Science, I have long since decided to refer all such to the Journal, where they will be completely taken care of according to their merit. Some there are that honestly and sincerely seek the truth; others have an unworthy and morbid motive and usually appear in the habits of bonafide questions. My teachings and writings will answer any question on Christian Science, and long experience has taught me to recommend the literature of Christian Science to those who interrogate. It is easy to be misunderstood, hence misquoted, and I cannot undertake in the year 1892 to appear as if defending my utterances.” In fine condition.
First published in 1883, nearly four years after Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, The Christian Science Journal was created as a response to the need for a central publication that would help unify and connect Christian Scientists across different geographical locations. Using the journal as a way to inspire and uplift individuals through the stories of healing and transformation, the early issues of The Christian Science Journal featured articles written by Eddy herself, as well as contributions from other Christian Science practitioners and students. These articles often focused on topics such as healing, prayer, spirituality, and the study of the Bible and Eddy's key work, ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.’