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    The land on which to build The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, had been negotiated for, and about one 15half the price paid, when a loss of funds occurred, and I came to the rescue, purchased the mortgage on the lot corner of Falmouth and Caledonia (now Norway) Streets; 18paying for it the sum of $4,963.50 and interest, through my legal counsel. After the mortgage had expired and the note therewith became due, legal proceedings were instituted by 21my counsel advertising the property in the Boston newspapers, and giving opportunity for those who had previously negotiated for the property to redeem the land by paying 24the amount due on the mortgage. But no one offering the price I had paid for it, nor to take the property off my hands, the mortgage was foreclosed, and the land legally 27conveyed to me, by my counsel. This land, now valued at twenty thousand dollars, I afterwards gave to my church through trustees, who were to be known as “The Christian 30Science Board of Directors.” A copy of this deed is pub1414:1lished in our Church Manual. About five thousand dollars had been paid on the land when I redeemed it. The only 3interest I retain in this property is to save it for my church. I can neither rent, mortgage, nor sell this church edifice nor the land whereon it stands.

6    I suggest as a motto for every Christian Scientist, — a living and life-giving spiritual shield against the powers of darkness, — 9“Great not like Cæsar, stained with blood, But only great as I am good.” The only genuine success possible for any Christian — and 12the only success I have ever achieved — has been accomplished on this solid basis. The remarkable growth and prosperity of Christian Science are its legitimate fruit. A 15successful end could never have been compassed on any other foundation, — with truths so counter to the common convictions of mankind to present to the world. From the 18beginning of the great battle every forward step has been met (not by mankind, but by a kind of men) with mockery, envy, rivalry, and falsehood — as achievement after achieve21ment has been blazoned on the forefront of the world and recorded in heaven. The popular philosophies and religions have afforded me neither favor nor protection in the 24great struggle. Therefore, I ask: What has shielded and prospered preeminently our great Cause, but the outstretched arm of infinite Love? This pregnant question, 27answered frankly and honestly, should forever silence all private criticisms, all unjust public aspersions, and afford an open field and fair play.

15:1    In the eighties, anonymous letters mailed to me contained threats to blow up the hall where I preached; yet I 3never lost my faith in God, and neither informed the police of these letters nor sought the protection of the laws of my country. I leaned on God, and was safe.

6    Healing all manner of diseases without charge, keeping a free institute, rooming and boarding indigent students that I taught “without money and without price,” I strug9gled on through many years; and while dependent on the income from the sale of Science and Health, my publisher paid me not one dollar of royalty on its first edition. Those 12were days wherein the connection between justice and being approached the mythical. Before entering upon my great life-work, my income from literary sources was ample, 15until, declining dictation as to what I should write, I became poor for Christ’s sake. My husband, Colonel Glover, of Charleston, South Carolina, was considered wealthy, but 18much of his property was in slaves, and I declined to sell them at his decease in 1844, for I could never believe that a human being was my property.

21    Six weeks I waited on God to suggest a name for the book I had been writing. Its title, Science and Health, came to me in the silence of night, when the steadfast stars watched 24over the world, — when slumber had fled, — and I rose and recorded the hallowed suggestion. The following day I showed it to my literary friends, who advised me to drop 27both the book and the title. To this, however, I gave no heed, feeling sure that God had led me to write that book, and had whispered that name to my waiting hope and 30prayer. It was to me the “still, small voice” that came to 16 16:1Elijah after the earthquake and the fire. Six months thereafter Miss Dorcas Rawson of Lynn brought to me Wyclif’s 3translation of the New Testament, and pointed out that identical phrase, “Science and Health,” which is rendered in the Authorized Version “knowledge of salvation.” 6This was my first inkling of Wyclif’s use of that combination of words, or of their rendering. To-day I am the happy possessor of a copy of Wyclif, the invaluable gift of two 9Christian Scientists, — Mr. W. Nicholas Miller, K.C., and Mrs. F. L. Miller, of London, England.

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