Grate­ful for com­ment on Easter ser­mon

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The min­is­ter ex­pected his parish­ioner “to of­fer very com­pli­men­tary opin­ions about the ser­mon.”

Mr. Perry, who was older than Rev. Smith and, the lat­ter wrote in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “much wiser,” said, “My young friend, there was not one per­son in the church yes­ter­day who was not fully con­vinced of the truth of Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion. There­fore, your elo­quence in de­fense of it was a beat­ing of the air. Next time, try to give us some­thing more prac­ti­cal.”

In later years, Smith rue­fully ad­mit­ted that he had “ felt con­sid­er­ably cha­grined — in fact, I sim­ply wilted. But I could not help feel­ing that my critic was right, and I have been grate­ful ever since for that Mon­day morn­ing’s com­ment on my Easter ser­mon.”

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