Dr. Talmage Sold.
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following : “ We are gratified to hear that in at least one place in England Dr. Talmage met his match. He arranged, soon after his arrival, to lecture at Bristol for £4O. Shortly after this arrangement was made he wrote to the gentleman who had engaged him saying that he must have £SO, and asking for an immediate reply. The gentleman at once wired the simple answer —‘ Come !’ Within a short time of the day fixed for the lecture another letter arrived from Talmage, stating that the inquiries for his , services were so numerous that ho could not possibly go to Bristol under £GO. This time the gentleman telegraphed more emphatically—- ‘ Come ! come 1 I conic I I!’ Talmage came and delivered his lecture, and when he had done so the person who was responsible for the cash handed him' £4O. ‘ Oh, this is wrong,’ said Talmage ; ‘ I said I should not come for less than£oo. ’ Thereupan his first letter—the one in which he had engaged to lecture for £4o—was quietly placed before him, and he then discovered that the purchasers of h n ‘ eloquence ’ had the precaution to have the document stamped with a sixpenny agreement stamp, and thim rendered binding. Talmage was ‘sold,’ •and had to walk off with only £4O. He could make nothing of the two telegrams, for the sender was, of course, prepared to say that all he meant by them was—Gome and fulfil your engagement,’ and that he , certainly had no intention of engaging the Doctor on any other terms than those first arranged. Talmage, being a new comer, was probably not aware that Bristol people are accustomcvl to sleep with one eye open, so that to he on their guard against such as be ; hut no doubt it was this experience of English ’cuteness which induced him to insist, on all future occasions, on having the cash before delivering his goods. Some of the churches must be in a bad way when their noisest and most popular preachers have rendered themselves such objects of suspicion that, those who deal with them are bound to protect themselves by stamping their letters. There can be little doubt that Tahnage haa carried home several thousand pounds as ■ the pecuniary results of only 84 lectures, and much of that money came out Of, the pockets of those who arranged for the meetings. Let us hope that he will at least take his church organ out of pawn as soon as he reaches home. ”
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Dr. Talmage Sold., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879
Dr. Talmage Sold. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879
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