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the Bible, and writing poems. Life for a young woman in those times was a humdrum affair, with few outlets for an imaginative nature. The thought she carried in the recesses of her mind was that she was intended for a better fate, predestined to a nobler mission. Early in her twenties she married Washington Glover, whose untimely death threw her into widowhood. Her next few years were difficult. Soon the wave of interest in occult phenomena that swept the United States caught her attention. The affair of the ' Rochester rappings ' stimulated her to interest herself in spiritualism. During this period (1853) she entered into a second marriage with Dr. Patterson, an itinerant dentist. He is described as a bluff, handsome man, who hoped to infuse vitality into the ethereal but withal charming creature whom he took to wife. But neither the robust energy of the dentist nor the treatments he prescribed did much for the patient. For some years their life was uneventful. Mrs. Patterson settled down to a life of invalidism and authorship while her husband began to look for practice in the neighbouring towns. Mrs. Patterson's attacks of spinal pain, headache and weakness continued until, at the age of 40, she met Quimby.
By 1870 she had written a pamphlet called The Science of Man, by which the Sick are Healed, Embracing Questions and Answers in Moral Science, Arranged for the Learner by Mrs. Mary Baker Glover.
Without income, often in actual need, driven on by a compelling idea, she moved literally from door to door, preaching this new gospel of health and science. Her opponents regard this period of her life as merely the restless wanderings of a difficult and ageing woman. Her followers felt that she was finding herself in her hour of trial, suffering and strengthening her faith as did Jesus in the wilderness. During this period her