The author who wrote The Stable That Stayed (1952 p.187) tells another equally warming story in gently pat prose of a comically lanky, sincerely unselfish, early American reverend. Reverend Josiah, his nephew Jeremiah, and horse Pilgrim journey from Philadelphia to Natchez to set up a church. Their way is full of adventure. People ask them to take messages. They are given a dog Hallelujah, a pig Wilful, a parrot Tippet, and even a chair. Josiah is on the spot to perform a wedding near Nashville. Floods block river crossings. And further on they turn around and rescue a marauding highwayman who turns out to be a good carpenter and a staunch friend forever.