ENEMIES AND FRIENDS
In the days of the American Revolution, a Baptist minister, Peter Miller, enjoyed the friendship of General Washington. In the same town in which Miller lived was a man named Michael Wittman, an evil man who did all in his power to abuse and oppose the minister — but Wittman was involved in treason and was arrested, and sentenced to death. The old preacher walked 70 miles to Philadelphia to plead for the man’s life. But Washington said, “No, Peter, I cannot grant you the life of your friend.” Miller exclaimed, “My friend? He is the bitterest enemy I have!” Washington inquired, “You’ve walked 70 miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in a different light. I will grant the pardon.” Maxwell Droke, The Speaker’s Book of Illustrative Stories.
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