• 1866 - Feb 1

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    Mary Patterson falls on ice on Lynn sidewalk; is seriously injured.

  • 1866 - Feb 4

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    Experiences healing - discovery of Christian Science.

  • 1866 - Autumn

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    Begins notes on Genesis.

  • 1867

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    Teaches her first student, Hiram Crafts

  • 1868

    Called to heal Mrs. Mary Gale in Manchester, NH, who was dying of pneumonia. The doctors in attendance inform her that there is no hope for the patient. She cures the woman and one of the doctors urges her to write a book about her system of healing.

  • 1869

    Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form National Woman Suffrage Association

  • 1870

    Settles in Lynn area for 12 years, often changing residence. Begins teaching classes on Christian Science and maintains a healing practice.

  • 1872

    Ceases her classes and devotes herself to writing a book. Her first working title for the book is The Science of Life.

  • 1873

    After 20 years of marriage, wins divorce from Daniel Patterson on grounds of desertion.