One of the most frequently asked questions of Research & Reference Services staff is regarding a piece titled “Mind and Body” or simply “Body.” It starts with a notice:

The following Statement copyrighted by Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy at the congressional library in Washington, D.C. January 19, 1886

The first sentence reads:

The term Mind and body literally means God and man, for man is the expression of Mind and the manifestation of Mind is the embodiment of Mind.

This piece has come to our attention before, but we have not located any evidence to show that Eddy wrote it. In fact, the Library of Congress has no record of such a statement on file. We are, therefore, unable to authenticate it, and have no information as to its author.

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