Knowing that the minister was very fond of cherry brandy, one of the
church elders offered to present him with a bottle on one consideration -
that the pastor acknowledge receipt of the gift in the church paper.
"Gladly," responded the good man.
When the church magazine came out a few days later, the elder turned at
once to the "appreciation" column. There he read: "The minister extends
his thanks to Elder Brown for his gift of fruit and for the spirit in
which it was given."