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Augusta E. Stetson, C. S. D., continues her defense of Christ's Christianit v. Be y<- strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. (II. Chronicle? xv., 7). Whosoever comr-th to mc, and l-*.ear?rt!i my ruyingt, and docth them, I will shof-r %-ou to whom he is .?ke He Is like a man which built an house, and digged d-jtrp. and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the -stream beat vehfam?mtly upon that house, and could not ?shake it: for it wan founded upon a rock. CHRIST JESUS. (Luke vi., 47, 48). The real house in which "we live, and move, and have our bring" is Spirit, God, the eternal harmony ef infinite Soul. The ?enemy we confront would overthrow this sublime fortress, and it behooves us ' o defend our heritage. MARY BAKER EDDY. (Pulpit and Press, p. 2). Tn the dark hours, wise Christian Scientists stand fiiTniT than ever in their allegiance to God. Wisdom m wedded to their love, and their hearts are not troubled. . . . Truth is speaking louder, clearer, and more imperauvdy than ever. Error is walking to and fro in the earth, trying to be heard above Truth, but its voice dies out in ?the distance. Who? soever proclaims Truth loudest, bect-m.es the mark for error's shafts. The archers aim at Truth's mouthpiece; but a heart loyal to God is patient and strong. Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the evCTla3ting victory. * . . . Love is especially near in times of hate, ?and never so near as when one can be just amid lawlessness, and render good for evil. Those only who are tried in the furnace ri-rflect the image of their Fath-a*. "The Lord rrigneth; let the earth rejoice." MARY BAKER EDDY. (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 275-278.) Letter to Mr?. Stetson from First Church of Christ, Scientist. New York City, of August 24th, 1921: Dear Mrs. Stetson: First Church is now ready to add the much needed and long contemplated *m provement to its property at the north? west corner of Ninety-sixth Street and Central Park West, this improvement consisting of the erection of a covered passageway at the southwest corner of our Church property. This will necessitate utilizing the 'and owned by the Church up to the dividing line between your property .md that of the Church. .According to the recent survey in our possession, the fence now existing be? tween the two properties is oser on the Church property about eight or nine inches. The coping on which the fence is erected is entirely on the Church property. As it is necessary to utilize this coping it will be necessary to re? move the fence. Some years ago you stated in writing that you would, on reasonable notice, remove this fence, whenever the Church was ready to extend the westerly wall of the garage in a southerly direction. Nothing was done at that time. The Church is now ready to proceed with the planned improvement Unless you are ready to start remov? ing this fence within three weeks from the date hereof and complete the work within one week thereafter. First Church is ready to do it and is willing to bear the entire expense of its re? moval. Of course the westerly wall of the passageway which we shall erect in con? nection with the improvement of the Church property will be as near the exact division line as possible, but will not extend across, or encroach upon, the easterly line of your property. Upon making this improvement it will be unnecessary to re-erect the fence on the dividing line as the westerly wall of the Church improvement will serve as a fence, and if- the fence be re-erected on line, it would have to be against the westerly face of the proposed wall of vhe passageway. We shall be glad to have a reply from you at your early convenience stating what disposition you wish us t?a? make of the fence in case the Church is to re? move it. Yours very truly, Board of Trustees. JOHN B. TILLOTSON, Clerk. Mrs. Stetson's Reply of September 12th, 1921: Board of Trust?e.?, ?Mr. .lohn B. Tillotson, Clerk, First Church of Christ. Scientist, .N'ew York City. Dear Sirs : I have your letter of August ?4, ?921, in which you ask my permission v, allow the Church to remove the fence along my easterly property line, which you itate the Church is ready to do, and ;,'-. also ready to bear the entire expense of its removal, unies I am prepared to start removin-g this fence within three w-eeki from the date of your letter, and tha-tai complete the work witnin one as taught her by her Leader and Teacher, Mary Baker Eddy,the Discovererand Founder of Christian Science, and resists the removal of her wrought iron fence by her opponents, which they purpose to replace with a fifteen foot stone wall. She appeals to the Court of Justice and prays for deliverance from continued persecution for her defense of genuine Christian Science, which her Leader enjoined her to defend, assuring her of her approval of her (Mrs. Stetson's) work, in the letter reproduced below, which Mrs. Stetson received at the time she built her house. '?- " ' -' I week thereafter. I also quote the fo? ? lowing from your letter: "Some year? ago you stated in writing that you would, on reason? able notice, remove this fence, whenever the Church xVas ready to extend the westerly wall of the garage in a southerly direction.'' I also acknowledge receipt of your letter of September 2, 1921, refusing my written request of August 29, 1921, that I be supplied with a copy of my written statement, mentioned in the above quotation. My statement, to which you refer, was an immediate reply to a commu? nication from a former board of trus? tees, and was written before I recalled a contract between myself and the trus? tees who built the Church and dedicated it in 1903, and which mutually involve.-; their and my honor and interests. Therefore I cannot'give my consent to your proposition. Under date of April 19, 1920, 1 wrote a letter to Mrs. Sheldon, then Clerk of the Church, in response to her letter oi . April 15, 1920. in which a somewhat different request,, regarding my fence, was made of me. In my reply to her let ter I slated : "The entire land, the Church edi? fice which stands upon it, ami the home are one demonstration?a gift from my father-Mother God, and He will protect and defend it. until the day of the restitution of all things: My dear Mrs. Sheldon this is my final reply i o any further communications. I leave it all with God." 1 feel that you do not have before vcu my letter of April 1.9, 1920, to Mrs. Sheldon, or that you have not read it understanding ly, and I am therefore appending; a copy of it for your infor? mation. 1 am advised, and your letter to me ol^ August 24, 1921. intimates, that you are also cognizant of the fact, that the Church cannot legally compel me to re? move, the fence, which was properly placed in its present position by me and my students, who' erected the tribute to Mrs. Eddy. The present members of First Church ; of Christ, Scientist. New York City, cannot, without my consent, remove the fence, nor build such a wall as they pro i pose, on the easterly side of my home, 1 by means of which the openings, to ? which the Church agreed before I con | sented 1o build, would be closed. The i proposed action would violate the ex? press terms of the agreements entered i into between myself and the Church at j the time my home was built, and would greatly decrease the value of my prop? erty. Your proposed changes pertain only to the delivery, or service entrance to the Church, which I. with the trustees and members who built First Church, and who were all my .students, made as a delivery, or service entrance for the convenience of the employees of our , Church. The four entrances?three on i Central Park West and one on Ninety j sixth Street?were intended for the congregation, and the delivery, or scr i vice entrance was for the employee,', or church officials, if they preferred i o en ! ter by the service door. There alread\ is a suitable entrance to the Churcl: '. from Ninety-sixth Street, and this v j only a few feet distant from the site o! j the proposed new entrance, or coverec ! passageway, mentioned in your letter Again 1 repeat, the execution of ihr plans you propose would greatly injuri i me. by closing openings previously con i semed to by the Church, and by cutting j off my enjoyment of light and air, th< ! right to which belongs to me by agree? ! ment and purchase; and the permissior you ask cannot be granted. Your proposed plans form a paralle I case to an attempt of some members o: the material organization to take down or change the architecture of the orig ?rial edifice of The Mother Church ii Boston, or to erase, by another struc ! ture. Mrs. Eddy's first demonstration ! or type and symbol of The Mot he' : Church, the Church Triumphant Th< great Leader of Christ's Christianity or Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy forbade this. Spiritual sense reveaiei to her, and to her advanced students 4hat. nothing could be taken from no: added to a scientific demonstration, o revelation of a spiritual idea. Th same spiritual anitius that enabled he to defend her wpiritual concept will pro ?(",?/. any desecration of this tribute t I Mary Baker Eddy-?First, Church o m . fct-^~-/~- ?*-*~T*-+--~ &*?? tCt*~<^l-*y? Pleasant View, Concord, N. H? March 21, 1905. My precious Student: Yes, you are conscious of God's care and love; and that 1 will stand by you, will warn and comfort you and help you onward and upward. . . . Be patient, humble, loving, full of faith and good works and all will be well with thee. Be of good cheer, darling, you are supported by a strong arm,?your students are loyal. Now take my ad? vice. Do not counteract any move? ment for churches or for the unity of two in one?even if it seems best to do .so?but let the students learn from experience, and God direel them. You are entrenched, and had better be left out than mixed with what cannot mix. So be wise and wait on God and He will direct thy path. Lovingly faithfully thine, MARY BAKER EDDY. Christ, Scientist. New York City?or punish the offenders. It is obvious that the building of the , wall you propose would so disfigure the Church property and my own, that, ob? serving the situation, no right-minded ? person could fail to see that the primary object sought is to injure me. Every genuine Christian Scientist in. New ' York City would spare the Cause of , Christian Science the stigma of a spite ? wall. Therefore / cannot be a party toa ; project that would only bring public re ; proach upon this Church?First Church of Christ, Scientist. New York City. I would be derelict in my duty to the : Cause of Christian Science, which ? have defended and demonstrated for more than thirty years, and to the great and beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, whose standard of Christian Science is love for God and for our l)rother man, ? and who. with "precept upon precept, | line upon line," urged her followers to ! obey the Golden Rule and to "love thy i neighbor as thyself"?1 repeat, I would i be derelict in my duty if I failed to use ; all the means within my power to pro I ted this Church, which I, with my stu ? dents, erected as a tribute of love and ; gratitude to our Leader?not another ? student of Mrs. Eddy's having con i tributed one dollar to the erection of this edifice, First Church of Christ, S ientist, New York City. Scientifically, ! it had to be my demonstration, with my j own a?udents; and I recognize my God ; gr- en right to defend this tribute to the Leader, Again I repeat. ? would, be false ?o the charge reposed in me by Mrs. Eddy, if I did not forbid an addition which would alter the architectural symmetry and mar this finished tribute. The birth and delivery of this spiritual idea, or church edifice?type and symbol of ! the Church Triumphant?was approved 1 and publicly endorsed by my Leader ; and Teacher, Mary Baker Eddy. Such ; an excrescence upon the edifice, upon j which is inscribed her name, in a testi? monial of love and gratitude, would be ! an open reversal of the teaching of , Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy. This proposed infringement concerns | those who. in love for the Cause and : for their Leader, Mrs. Eddy, sacrificed 1 their money and their time, and united with Mrs. Eddy and with me, in erect? ing this Church. Therefore ? feel ob? liged scientifically to consider their protection, and shall appeal to my God. : whom ? serve continually, to defend I i hem and me. through avenues whom , He, Gorl, may choose to execute His law of justics and equity. Mrs. Eddy declares: "God's law is , in three voids, 'i am All :' and this per feet law is ever nresent to rebuke any ' claim to another law." (No and Yes, p. 80.), To all who are building "on a wholly spiritual foundation," (*) or consciousness, there is but one God and one law. To God I appeal, and i shall trust Him to find His representatives, or executors of His law. who, though not yet perhaps having accepted Chris? tian Science, have developed Christly qualities, which respond to His just and righteous mandates. There are not two laws, two judges, two courts, to those who are building "on a wholly spiritual foundation." God is the righteous Judge, ana throughout generations He has defended all who put their trust in Him. There is but one Judge, the Judge of all the earth, who never fails to es? tablish, through honest, truthful, and just men, the rights of His people, who love and obey His law of Truth and Love. There is but one court, the Court of Justice, which to material sense seems to be a material court, with a material judge and a material law. Spiritual sense admits but one God, one law, one court, where Supreme Wisdom finds executors of Her law, to defend the righteous. T am ready at any moment to defend the tribute, which 1, with my student?, erected as an expression of love and gratitude to our great Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, and in the corner 9tone of which are placed her words : Pleasant View, Concord, N. H. To Mrs. A. E. Stetson : Beneath this corner-stone, in this silent, sacred sanctuary of earth's sweet songs, pasans of praise and records of Omnipo? tence, I ieave my name with thine in unity and love. MARY BAKER G. EDDY. .November XQ, 1899. For such as have had no part in the design or construction of this Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, or have no!; risen to respond to Mrs. Eddy's call to begin to "build . . . on a wholly spiritual founda? tion," would it not be better to discon? tinue efforts to reconstruct, or remodel this Church, and to build and occupy an edifice, according to th- ir own concep? tion? First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City, is the first-born branch of Mrs. Eddy's Church, The Mother Church, "The structure ni' Truth and Ixive." (Science and Health, p. 583). .Mrs. Eddy passed upon it, accepted it;, design, find commended it in her nah lished letter-. It is finished. .Notlrng can be added to it, nor taken from ??, even as nothing can be added to, nor taken from the Bible, nor from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, (*) Miscellany, p. 307. v* i. -/ "if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Revelation xxii., 18, 19). Faithfully in Christian Science, AUGUSTA E. STETSON Letter to Mrs. Stetson from First Church of Christ, Scientist. New York City, of September 21st, 1921 : Dear Mrs. Stetson : Your letter of September 12th was presented to the Board of this Church at a regular meeting. In reply to the same, we would say, that at no time have we asked your permission to re- ! move the fence on the westerly line of the Church property, but have given j you the opportunity to honor your written word to the Board of this ? Church, that you would remove the fence, which is on the Church property, whenever the Church was ready to ex? tend "the garage building, or asked you to inform us what disposition you wish made of the fence, in case the Church removed it from its property. It is neither the desire nor the inten- , tion of this Church or its Board to in jure in any way its neighbors, but rather to bless and heal them. The pro- | posed alteration to the Church origi? nated in the Board of this Church a : number of years ago. At that time your letters'to the Board evidence that this plan had your approval and this Board expected that you would honor your written word, and we know of no con? tract between you and this Church that would prevent us from making the pro? posed alteration. Like every other Branch of The Mother Church, this Church is the demonstration of and belongs to 'he loyal members who are sincerelv follow? ing the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy as set forth in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the . Church Manual, and one whose name : has been dropped from the roll of mem bership of The Mother Church for dis- j obedience to the. By-laws of this Man- j ual may no longer be considered as having any part in any Branch of The Mother Church. May we say in all love, that when you have in meekness and honesty confessed and corrected the faults for which your name was dropped as a member of The Mother Church, you may rise to the con? cept that our revered Leader had of you when she united her name with yours in the comer stone of this Church, and then you may begin to build on a wholly spiritual foundation, as the members of this Church are loyally, honestly and meekly striving to do. We believe that : every Christian Scientist would rejoice j to learn that you had heeded the ! admonition of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, to you, as expressed ! in her letter of July 23, 1909. found on page 359 of Miscellany, and as follows: \ "My dear Student Awake and arise from this temp? tation produced by animal magnet? ism upon yourself, allowing your students to deify you and me. Treat yourself for it and get your stri? dents to help you rise out of it. It will -be your destruction if you do not do this. Answer this letter im? mediately. As ever, lovinglv your teacher, MARY BAKER EDDY." We rejoice in the understanding that God is infinite Love, as revealed by our Leader. Mary Baker Eddy, and as she states in First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, page 12, "In Christian Science, the law of Love re? joice;- the heart; and Love is Life and Truth. Whatever manifests aught else in its effects upon mankind, demon strably is not Love." Sincerely yours, Board of Trustees, JOHN B. TILLOTSON, Clerk. Mrs. Stetron'a Reply of September rCil'. !$?1 : Board of Trustees, Mr. John B. Tillotson, Clerk, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Centrnl Park West and 96th Street. New York City. Dear Sirs : Your letter of September 21st. 1921, in acknowledgment of my communi? cation to you of the 12th instant, is be fore me. It is now ten years since I re? ceived the first letter from your board expressing their intention of extending the westerly wall of the garage to the lot line, thus making the approach to my front entrance a dark alley, and shutting out the air, the light, and the view on the easterly side of my home. At that time I was stunned by* the in? gratitude and vengeful animus evi denced by such a proposed action on the part of those who had then only recently gained control of First Church : and in a moment of crushing discouragement and without having in mind my right-s, I wrote my reply, whicn was not ac? cepted nor acted upon by you. I was weary of the struggle with the ma terially minded, which seemed endless and hopeless. But now, having come through the surging sea: having met the waves of opposition to my emer? gence from the material organization, in response to my Leader's request to begin to "build ... on a wholly spiritual foundation." (*) T am strong to press on towards the redemption of my birthright. Since that time, as stated to you in my letter of the 12th instant, I have recalled that my fence was placed in its present position, and the openings left on either side of it, ? pursuant to definite agreements, mu? tually entered into by me and the trus? tees of First Church of Christ, Scientist, after formal approval by the congrega? tion and the court, when I purchased my plot of land from the Church and built my home. As to your statement that, your pro? posed plan had my approval, I here de? clare that the wall which you propose to erect on the easterly side of my home, cutting off my enjoyment of light and air, and closing an opening agreed upon before I consented to purchase my land from the Church and build my home, has never had my approval, nor can my previous letters to the board be so con? strued, nor can I ever approve of a structure that would seriously damage my property, disfigure the church edi? fice, and bring public reproach upon the Cause of Christian Science, as an open reversal of the teaching of Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy. The third paragraph of your last let? ter to me reads as' follows: "Like every other Branch of The Mother Church, this Church is the demonstration of and belongs to the loyal members who are sin? cerely following the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy as set forth in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the Church Manual, .and one whose name has 'Deer dropped from the roll of member? ship of The Mother Church for dis? obedience to the By-laws of this Manual may no longer be con? sidered as having any part in any branch of The Mother Church." By no process of reasoning can the scientific demonstration of a church edifice, made by a student of .Mrs. Eddy, as the fruit of long years of pioneer work in establishing and up? building the Cause of Christian Science in New York City . and who was chosen by her Leader and Teacher for that pur? pose: a church over which Mrs. PJddy appointed her as Pastor; a church whose pulpit she occupied for seventeen consecutive years; for whose present magnificent edifice she raised the sum of one million, two hundred and fifty thousand dollars among her ou n stu? dents exclusively, and into which she put her time, thousands of dollars of her own money, and her advanced spiritual understanding; a church edi? fice conceived by her and brought forth under her constant spiritual guidance, with the loving co-operation and tender watch-care of her Leader and Teacher, Mary Baker Eddy, who united with her chosen student in what Mrs. Eddy termed in a letter as a "momentous move?namely, our memorial of Chris? tian Science, that the ages will look upon and be lifted up," and which' 1 in? sert below in facsimile: ?ta****--^,' *JlL~*~i--??? *'-?* Now darling 1 entrust you with a:. other momentous move namely Our memorial of Christian Science, lhat the ages will look upon and be lifted up. ,_ 1 repeat, by no process of reasoning can this church edifice becom? t .? demonstration of others, as suggested by your letter. That Mrs. Eddy, \vht?*e word on such matters is accepted as law by every genuine Christian Scient -'? forever settled this question, is at;?, led (*) Miscellany, p. 357.