I thought that by now the “cherry tree” fable would have been settled lock stock and barrel. And well understood by one and all to be a myth conjured up by an itinerant book agent and author.
If one’s memory needs refreshing, let’s start with the principal actor in this drama. Mason Locke Weems, otherwise known as Parson Weems, was a traveling book peddler for Philadelphia printer Mathew Carey. In his travels Weems sold religious books and tracts, including religious tracts and sermons that he wrote. Continue reading