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The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church

The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church by Kate Douglas Wiggin

A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house.

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The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church


To a certain handful of dear New England women of names unknown to the world, dwelling in a certain quiet village, alike unknown:

We have worked together to make our little corner of the great universe a pleasanter place in which to live, and so we know, not only one another's names, but something of one another's joys and sorrows, cares and burdens, economies, hopes, and anxieties.

We all remember the dusty uphill road that leads to the green church common. We remember the white spire pointing upward against a background of blue sky and feathery elms. We remember the sound of the bell that falls on the Sabbath morning stillness, calling us across the daisy sprinkled meadows of June, the golden hayfields of July, or the dazzling whiteness and deep snowdrifts of December days. The little cabinet organ that plays the doxology, the hymn books from which we sing "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," the sweet freshness of the old meeting house, within and without how we have toiled to secure and preserve these humble mercies for ourselves and our children!

There really is a Dorcas Society, as you and I well know, and one not unlike that in these pages; and you and I have lived through many discouraging, laughable, and beautiful experiences while we emulated the Bible Dorcas, that woman "full of good works and alms deeds... Continue reading book >>

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