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DIRECTION FROM MARY BAKER EDDY

From the April 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Mary Baker Eddy's Comments that refer to herself and her writings in the Christian Science periodicals are not historic relics, but very relevant to today's Journal readers and writers. Here are a few examples:

In 1891, she observed that at one point the Journal had mentioned her so frequently that it became "ridiculous ... Then the opposite extreme was inaugurated and the name was not even permitted as the Author of my works." Finally "the two extremes ... yielded to a temperate reference to me and only when absolutely requisite" (L02342, Mary Baker Eddy to Carol Norton, July 10, 1891, The Mary Baker Eddy Collection).

In a note to the Editor of the Journal, she commented on magazine articles that excessively quoted from her writings: "I think it would be wise for you to say in your Journal that I complain of this unchristian usage and have requested you not to publish articles that plagiarize my works" (L04974, Mary Baker Eddy to Septimus J. Hanna, July 29, 1893, The Mary Baker Eddy Collection).

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