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Tullidge consents to come. Son Charles doing well. As to being "decently habited" - custom has been to wear gown and not surplice. "Surplice indicates a kind of 'divinity' which we very much dislike."


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letter, McIlvaine, Bedell, Tullidge, family


Cinc. Oct 27 1863

My dear Bishop-

Yours of the 25th recd today. The same mail brought one from Mr. [Tullidge[, giving his consent. We have great reason for thankfulness that the vacancy has been obtained so kindly on Dr. Sumther’s part + fitted so formally as we have cause to believe + so p[?] I have written Dr. Sumther of the nomination + acceptance. Your account of the Pres. + Rector is cheering. I agree with you that Charles’ position is trying but he understand it + will stand on his own feet. I think Mr. Robbins + Mr. C. perfectly understand the proper course on their part. As yet he has had no aid from either, except in the administration of the Communion. He has taken a liking for after days + goes to spend them at Gambier, having taken cold + needing the relief.

I hope Mr. LEavitt will get his papers in time. By the way, about being “decently [huddled]” of candidates for ordination. It is important that whatever we propose, we should observe the same rule, + as the custom in this Diocese has always been to use the gown + not the surplice, + it is one which I have strong indisposition to change, especially as in certain directions there is such itching for surplicial display under the idea that it is a mark of very special Churchmanship, + indicates a sort of diversity which we very much dislike; I hope you will always adopt in ordination the same decent [belief?].You must be willing to be thought as bad as I. My kindest regards to Mr. Leavitt, + the Goddards, + all at [Lawrenceville].

Don’t be uneasy about the change of command in the Cumberland army. Thomas is a superior man to [Rosecrans]. The latter has been over-extended. It is no dishonor to a man to say that he comes short of the ability to command an army of 70,000 men.

Yours affectionately


Letter to Bishop Bedell