406 Lyon St., Grand Rapids, Mich., June 16, 1897.
REV. MARY BAKER EDDY.
Beloved Mother:—Gratefully I send you this token of love from these dear children. You would be very happy to know how greatly each child esteemed the privilege to send you something. Each has made her own offering of love and gratitude, since only the children and I have known about it, keeping it a sweet secret that would be out by-and-by when the love-thoughts had blossomed and borne fruit. Our part toward the Sunday contributions has not been decreased because of this special work, and we all feel enriched for it. Each one of the six little girls has written her own letter to you and brought it to me to send. I made the little box, which is quite a demonstration for me, showing that Love enlarges our efforts and blesses us. The class are here to-day to read the little letters, and see the handkerchief safely boxed to send to you. Ours is one of four classes in the Sunday School, each child in the class studies the lesson-sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly each week at home, and all are earnest, happy little students of Christian Science, and are grateful to you for giving this Truth to the world. The hankerchief was chosen to send to you in the hope that you would use it. The forget-me-nots are for remembrance, and the flowers in the corners were large and open, and we thought symbolized hope and gladness. It is the choicest one we could find. The children all send you thanks for your precious book, "Miscellaneous Writings," and for the Journal, which they all delight to read. I read to them the chapter on Mother's Room from "The Mother Church," when they were here last week, and all were delighted with it. They are looking forward to the time when they may become members of the Mother Church; and that means to them that they must endeavor daily to overcome error with Truth and Love. Ruth and Mabel have their names in the "Bee-hive." The others have come into Christian Science since that time. Ruth's mamma is the superintendent. The Sunday School furnishes the flowers for the Sunday service. The school has just given a dozen Christian Science Hymnals to the church, and last winter they contributed nearly twelve dollars towards the Reader's desks. I have told the little girls we must not look for a reply, since Mother's time is very precious. Trusting you will be pleased with this little effort, and that it will teach us better how to love.