Excerpt from The Gospel in the Trees: With Opinions on Common Things, and Fraternal Methodism
True it is, however, that, with a large class of readers of the present age, light literature, and that of a fictitious character, Is the chief commodity called for: these intellectual and religious dyspeptics are incapable of either relishing or digesting any solid or nurturing mental aliment. Still, there are multitudes living in the land, both in the Church and out of it, who are not hopelessly infected with this literary epidemic, who eagerly embrace every opportunity to profit by the productions of the press, even though they spring from the pulpit.
Here, then, is a publication for the people, with the modest title of The Gospel in the Trees: with Pulpit Opinions on Common Things, the author of which was my pastor the first year of his regular ministry, in 1862, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. It is both natural and proper, therefore, that I should notice the work by this Word of Introduction, which duty I do with real and solid satisfaction and pleasure.
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