A Very Agreeable Change
“‘A very agreeable change has taken place in the pastoral visiting of clergymen. Formerly the parson used to lecture his charge, and unite with them in long and wearisome prayer. Now he comes with a gay and debonnaire bearing, mashes the girls, and swaps jokes with the boys, finishes up by taking a cocktail and a cigar, and drives off in a neat waggon with a 2.20 nag in the shafts. A manifest improvement on the old style.’ Life and Society in America by Samuel Phillips Day. Published by Newman and Co., 1880.