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Tim Leech

Excellent post. Some very good sleuthing work evident here. There is so much about Mrs. Eddy's early life that we just haven't yet located good evidence for one way or another. As more an more historical material becomes available on-line who knows what might crop up.

Craig Beardsley

Thanks so much for the excerpt and a promise of fine work to come. A quick look at sources that readily come to mind--and I can only find one title from Robinson (Biographical Sketch) and one from Jones (Language of Color)--leads me to again ask if you'll share your research work with us. I suppose the Jones findings come from a local source in the Wilmington area and the Robinson from New Hampshire, perhaps the Historical Society or State Library in Concord?


Thanks for the comments. The E.E. Jones document exists in a couple of versions. There is a version at the New Hanover County Library in Wilmington. There is also a version that exists at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.

At the New Hampshire Historical Society is a version of the interview with the Henry Robinson. It is typewritten with Mrs. Eddy's handwriting on it. Based on the internal comments in the interview, I would date it at 1894.


Hello, all. Additional research in the microfilm of the early North Carolina newspapers yielded a better copy of the article in the Chronicle about the correspondent to the Messenger. The actual pseudonym was "Laicus." I have made that change above so that now it reads correctly. In the newspapers I also discovered some references to what appear to be George Glover's commercial vessels traveling to Wilmington and then on to CUBA ( and maybe Haiti) in January 1844, which is earlier than is normally suspected. A review of the Chronicle and later cross town Journal for periods before and after Mrs. Eddy was in the area (including a newspaper in Fayetteville) did not turn up any other references to Laicus.

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