1. Irving C. Tomlinson recalled an example from late in Eddy’s life of her using hymn texts in spiritual devotions. One night as she prepared to retire, she called him to her bedside. “When I was by her side she whispered, ‘Every night I say over to myself this little verse — The Spirit’s sweet control, Freely I (we) will confess,– Fly to thine (Thine) outstretched arms of love, And there find health and rest.’” Irving C. Tomlinson, “Mary Baker Eddy: The Woman and the Revelator,” Reminiscence, 1932, 67. See the article on our website “Did Eddy regularly read a hymn at bedtime?”
  2. Mary Baker Eddy, Retrospection and Introspection (Boston: The Christian Science Board of Directors), 17. A detailed chronology of events surrounding Eddy’s life can be downloaded at mbelibrary.org.
  3. The book was later titled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
  4. Delia S. Manley, n.d., Reminiscence, 11, MBEL; Christian Science Hymnal, 1898, 220, B00142.
  5. The Social Hymn and Tune Book for the Vestry and Home (Boston: American Unitaian Association, 1880).
  6. Charles S. Robinson, Songs for the Sanctuary: or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship (New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1867, 1881); Robbins, Chandler, Hymn Book for Christian Worship (Boston: Walter, Wise & Co., 1854, 1864).
  7. Order of Service, 8 February 1885, A10636.
  8. A10636.
  9. Church of Christ, Scientist, record book, 7 December 1885, Early Organizational Records 13, 176.
  10. Founded as the Journal of Christian Science in 1883 and renamed in 1886, this periodical contains articles, testimonies, announcements, and directories.
  11. P.E.E.P., “An Outsider’s View,” The Christian Science Journal, January 1886, 185–186.
  12. William Lyman Johnson, History of The Christian Science Movement, Vol 1 (Brookline, Massachusetts: Zion Research Foundation, 1926), 379–380.
  13. See, for example, Ira D. Sankey, Sacred Songs and Solos: Nos. 1 & 2 Combined (London: Morgan and Scott, 1882).
  14. Eddy to Students, 24 August 1897, L02835A. Eddy to Students, 24 August 1897, L02835B.
  15. Mary Baker Eddy, undated essay, A10793.
  16. Mary Baker Eddy to Emma Adaline McDonald, 24 February 1892. L10591 and A10040.
  17. A10040.
  18. A10040.
  19. “Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me,” Journal, March 1888, 632
  20. Kate Hammond, Longyear Museum News, 23 May 2001.