1. Founded by Ann Lee (1736–1784), The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing established communities in North America beginning in the 18th century. Emphasizing communitarianism, celibacy, and work, they were known as “Shakers” because of their worship practice of singing, dancing, whirling, and speaking in tongues.
  2. Mary Baker Eddy to George Sullivan Baker, 17 April 1837, F00028.
  3. Tilton was incorporated in 1869. Prior to that time, the name of the community was Sanbornton Bridge.
  4. Addie Towns Arnold, “Reminiscences of Mrs. Addie Towns Arnold,” 1932, Reminiscence, 13.
  5. Mary Baker Eddy to Sarah O. Bagley, 10 June 1869, L07798.
  6. Mary Baker G. Eddy, “Mrs. Eddy’s Reply to the January McClure Article,” The Christian Science Journal, January 1907, 581; Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany (Boston: The Christian Science Board of Directors), 308. The Shakers were millenarians, as were many Protestant groups that emerged in the nineteenth century. Some Shaker communities became deeply involved in spiritualism after the Civil War. Eddy contrasted her teachings with these doctrines on pages 110–111 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (Boston: The Christian Science Board of Directors).
  7. Archibald McLellan, “No Christian Psychology,” Christian Science Sentinel, 11 January 1908, 363.
  8. Mary Baker Eddy, manuscript, December 1907, L08817.
  9. See inscription in Shaker Hymnal (East Canterbury, N.H.: The Canterbury Shakers, 1908), B00287.
  10. Irving C. Tomlinson, “Mary Baker Eddy: The Woman and the Revelator,” 1932, Reminiscence, 613.
  11. The Original Edifice of The Mother Church was completed in December 1894.
  12. S. H. C., “Fair Memories,” Journal, January 1888, 531.
  13. “Christian Science at Mt. Lebanon,” in Mary Baker Eddy, scrapbook, December 1907, SB018,168.
  14. Leila S. Taylor, “A Remarkable Statement,” Journal, December 1907, 545.
  15. “A Remarkable Statement,” Journal, December 1907, 548.
  16. “A Remarkable Statement,” Journal, December 1907, 549.
  17. Jennie H. Fish to Mary Baker Eddy, 27 May 1893, IC625.63.003.
  18. Stephen Paterwic, Historical Dictionary of the Shakers (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008), 188.
  19. Fish to Eddy, IC625.63.003.
  20. Fish to Eddy, IC625.63.003.