This is one of twelve sermons Earl Davis kept together in a twine-bound collection. While these manuscripts are undated, internal evidence clearly dates them to the years 1909-1911. The United States went through a recession in 1908, and there was increasing labor unrest, including a general strike in Philadelphia in 1910. These difficulties provide some of the backdrop to these manuscripts.
One of the manuscripts, “What about City Government,” has a clear notation that it was written for the “Pipe and Pen Club,” presumably some periodic gathering to discuss issues of the day. It is possible that all – or nearly all – of these manuscripts were prepared for that gathering, as they do not read like sermons.
This is a discussion of the life of Robert Louis Stevenson, and why his open-hearted and generous nature appeals to the age. He likens reading Stevenson to "fishing along a beautiful stream", not for the catch but simply for "the joy of the fishing".
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always Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, Robert Louis Stevenson
Davis, Earl Clement, "Robert Louis Stevenson, the Writer and the Man [Twine Bound Bundle]" (1909). Manuscripts. 24.