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letter, McIlvaine, Wittingham


Cincinnati April 16, 1861

My dear Bishop,

I received your kind letter of the 10th yesterday. The article to which you allude, was first written for and printed in the Protestant Episcopal Quarterly of New York and like Review’s generally, without my name and without the least idea of its being published as at present. Some at the East desired its publication as you have it, and had it done. I only consenting, and at their desire placing my name to it. I now have only one [?] about it, namely that you will see in it, what I felt all the while in preparing it, and am confident it shows – that same courtesy and kindness and freedom from aspects of any thing else, which appeared so credibly in the letters between you and the Editor of the S.C. on both sides. As I had no other sense about me, I must have been very unjust to myself, if there is any appearance of anything otherwise. I have just looked it over and cannot but hope you will agree with me there, as I have our draft we agree in all that pertains to the great hope, and constitutes the inner mind of brethren in Christians.

Alas, my dear Bishop, war is

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judges matures. One great consolation is that, great as our national [?], the present crisis has not been brought on by us. I think the peace spirit of the Government considering its protection and powers, and constitutional [?], until liberated by a National Convention, has been very patient, sorely tired, remarkably long suffering. No other government would have borne so much for so long, except from being too weak to help it. Now if Maryland holds her anchorage! Oh! My God grant it.

Your friend and brother,

Charles P. McIlvaine

Letter to Bishop Whittingham



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