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Excerpt from The Story of La RocheDear Sir:Many years ago, a very interesting and pathetic story was published, called La Roche, or the Swiss Pastor. It was much read and admired- and I doubt if it would be easy to find any one, familiar with it inMoreExcerpt from The Story of La RocheDear Sir:Many years ago, a very interesting and pathetic story was published, called La Roche, or the Swiss Pastor. It was much read and admired- and I doubt if it would be easy to find any one, familiar with it in youth, who could read it now without deep feeling. It is not sectarian, - but may be read with pleasure and profit by persons of any, and even of no sect. It must be useful to all, who can profit by lessons on the love of God, -on submission to his holy providence, - and on the duty of man to man.I have seldom met, of late years, with this beautiful story- - and I think it may be well to republish it as a tract. It will differ from most essays and stories bearing that name, for it contains useful teaching for all, and can feed the sectarian pride of none. It may therefore, tend to promote those principles of Christian brotherhood, which our blessed Master sought to establish and encourage in all his acts and teachings.But I have-another reason for wishing this tract republished. If the life and character of La Roche be ideal, they may be emulated and equaled. Indeed there is so great a resemblance between them and those of our excellent friend, the late George Joy Homer, that I do not know in what respect he was inferior to the Swiss Pastor. From youth to old age, he was faithful and diligent in all the duties of a humble, pious man- and, though sincerely attached to the principles of his own church, he had unbounded charity for every church of Christ, and for every member of it- His religion was not a mere code of articles- it was practical, a part of his daily life, controlling and guiding all he said and did. He strove ever to be found watching, and lived each hour as if it might be his last on earth. In the church, in the counting-room, in his family, and in the street, he was uniformly the same happy, faithful servant of his Master. He was, indeed, a hard worker, a good neighbor, and an honest, pious man- true in all the relations of life, God-ward, and man-ward.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.