A liberal use of wine makes after-dinner speaking much easier. Men will then laugh heartily at the oldest kind of a chestnut.
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Source Notes: "Baptist Union: After-Dinner Speech," Beecher as a Humorist: Selections from the Published Works, ed. Eleanor Kirk (1887). Beecher does not specify whether the speaker or the auditors are to make "liberal use of wine."
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eighth of nine children of Lyman Beecher by his first wife (and the eighth of thirteen children in all). One of his elder sisters was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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