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[p. 20] Long had ever preached, at a regular service at least, in the Mystic Church, though for over thirty years then he had been a citizen and neighbor, and a worthy minister of the Christian religion. I recall how pleased he was about it, and more particularly how happy over the cordial welcome given him by his neighbors and friends and the officials of the orthodox Congregational Church. Had he been any other than a gentleman and Christian he might justly have shown a little wicked gleam of triumph in the matter! But nothing of the kind was manifest, only the quiet remark, ‘Things have changed, and we are all glad.’

Mr. DeLong was a man of different theological inheritance and training from myself, but his appeal to me at the first was quick, as that of one of scholarly tastes and the love of letters. For although I have never become the scholar I set out to be, in the midst of the practical industry of a modern minister I have always kept, or wanted to keep, the scholar's attitude, which was what Mr. DeLong had done through all the long years of his ministry. And as I came to know him better I knew how the departure from it on the part of many fellow ministers troubled him. He also had little sympathy with the modern hustling enterprise and ‘doings’ which seem to be in demand for the church of today. He regarded himself as a religious teacher and guide rather than the manager of a theological plant, built and carried on according to modern ‘efficiency.’ And in this we had much in common, though I was the greatly younger man and trained in the new age.

Another thing appealed to me and that was his spiritual quality. I had not thought of Unitarianism as developing the especially spiritual life, although always strong in its intellectual and ethical aspects, even though I knew the spiritual qualities of the great New England poets and philosophers who were largely of this faith. But here at least was a man, a Unitarian minister, of a distinctively spiritual, even also evangelical Christian


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