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Centennial—The Christian Science Publishing Society

"addressing wrappers for those Journals"

From the June 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal

from the reminiscences of

The centennial year of The Christian Science Publishing Society is a landmark in Mary Baker Eddy's work as Founder. From its establishment, its aim to promote "the interests of Christian Science" Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church, Art. XXX Sect. I has drawn to it many individuals, inspired with love for God and humanity. In recognition of this anniversary, the Journal is publishing several excerpts from reminiscences of early employees. These brief vignettes offer a glimpse of some of the behind-the-scenes sacrifices involved in carrying out the Publishing Society's healing mission.

When we [Walter Watson and his wife, Ada Hatch Watson] came to Boston [1885], the Journal was the only Christian Science periodical.... When rooms were taken [for the Publishing Society] in the Hotel Boylston and the work transferred there, Miss [Julia] Bartlett called upon my wife and asked if she would come down and help them. She was glad to do anything she could, as were the other volunteer workers, so regularly each month she would go to the Publishing Society rooms where she would spend several days addressing wrappers for those Journals which were to be mailed out to subscribers. Sometimes if there was a great deal to be done, those ladies who were assisting in this way would take the wrappers home and address them evenings.... Often my wife would assist in wrapping the Journals and filling the mail sacks, though there were not many sacks, as I remember, only two or three.

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