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Healing Hypotheses  

APPENDIX E

DRESSER'S LETTER TO EL
ON CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Hartsdale, N.Y.
April 3, 1953

Dear El.

You may wonder how a person can go about discriminating between the truths implied in Christian Science and the half-truths which are seriously misleading, and I will tell you a little story. Once a young woman from the ordinary walks of life came to call on me, in Boston, to discuss just such matters as half-truths imply. She was not an educated woman. She had little knowledge of life or of systems of belief. But she had the directness of a mind true to itself and she wanted to see things for herself. In a library in Brooklyn she happened upon a book of mine, "The Power of Silence," in which the principles of healing which I acquired from Quimby's teaching were set forth, and she read and read with absorbing interest. Then her C. S. teacher and healer learned that she was reading my book and absolutely forbade her to read it, adding to this command the usual fallacies by which C. S. people had tried to keep the truth about Mrs. Eddy from becoming known; and all this with the show of authority by which a dictator puts himself over. Now, this simple-minded woman was not satisfied. She wanted to know whether what she had been told about my book and about me was true, or whether she had been lied to. So she traveled on to Boston, secured an appointment to talk with me, and presented her problem. Of course it was a simple matter to go back to the early history when father and mother were with Quimby and

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Mrs. Patterson-Eddy was there, partly grasping Quimby's ideas but partly getting a chance to exercise her love of power. This woman knew I had the truth, for I could set her mind at rest on every p[o]int. Then she returned to Brooklyn and kept on reading my book. Her teacher-healer learned this fact and called the woman to account before a church committee. She was asked the direct question if she was reading my book, and said Yes. Furthermore, she explained, I have been on to Boston to see for myself, and have learned the truth about Mrs. Eddy. Then the committee put her out of the C. S. organization. Now that's the sort of thing that would settle the matter for anybody, and this is but one instance with regard to people who, as truth-lovers, have followed the matter through. But I have known others who, lacking that woman's directness and sincerity, hedged and compromised. For example, I once knew the right hand man who as Mrs. Eddy's associate had access to everything including Mrs. Eddy's diary. It was that little book, he told me, that gave him the convincing evidence that what I had set forth about Mrs. Eddy (including father's pamphlet) was true. But what did he do? "There's money in it," he said; "the C. S. people have got millions and you cannot buck up against them." So he withdrew from my acquaintance when as a right-hand man, he could have done more than any other person to set the C. S. people free. That was a sort of Judas temptation, was it not?

Now of course I have had the advantage in clearing matters up for sometime C. S. people. For people soon saw I had no axe to grind and knew what I was talking about, for I had known all the people who were closest to Quimby, I had all the manuscripts and everything else, and could hand on Mrs. Eddy, so to speak, for people to gaze at. The discrimination turned on this: Quimby did two great things for people. He penetrated the "false identification" by which people's ills had been built up---as in case of the medicos who persuaded my mother she had spinal complaint when she had nothing of the sort; or, in case of my father, who seemed to be headed for

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"consumption" but needed to be set free from his Calvinism, which Quimby said was "killing" him---and dispelled that diagnosis to the wind; and, if people were willing, he showed them up to themselves, as he was ready to do in case of Mrs. E., but she wouldn't take it. This meant, in Quimby's own words, "she has no identity in truth," (reported to me by one of Quimby's patients). So she began her work with a lie and kept it up, ostensibly a well woman while under the care of medical doctor after medical doctor, taking remedies and trying treatments but never overcoming [t]he shaking palsy. That's what comes when a person is not true to self. Now if anybody thinks I have fabricated this account of a strange case, I am ready to accept the challenge, as in conferring with that very genuine woman from Brooklyn who would not take No for an answer.

So there you are.
As ever,

[signed on carbon copy] H.W.D.

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