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letter, McIlvaine, Fiske
Fiske, William Allen, "Letter to Charles Petit McIlvaine" (1861). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 193.
Cleveland Nov 18/61
Rt. Rev & Dear Sir,
I received from you a letter dated Nov 14 (the day before you were to leave Cincinnati for [?]) in answer to a letter of mine dated Oct. 18 “_ [?] the Western Episcopalian of the same week was a pastoral letter from you dated Cincinnati Nov 9.”
You speak of efficiency some formal [section] on the heart very [?] in regard to your structures, concerning our [?] furniture.
Your letter to me made no such request. I consulted [?] [Vestry] informally and answered your letter accordingly.
I gather from your letter of the 14th [?] that you refuse to appoint a visitation for our [?] & have refused for nearly two years, because of the peculiar construction of our Communion Table.
As such a question, the Parish is prepared to take issue with you. You will admit that it is creditable to the Parish that, under the circumstances they now so promptly point, the $114 [?] for [?] Bishops salary.
I have ever until now [?] in a Diocese, where my opinions accorded with those of my Bishop. There were those in [?] however whose opinions accorded with your own. I am not aware that they were ever treated with unChristian courtesy, or denied in any way the support of their Bishop, because of the shape of their Church furniture. They are always allowed, I believe, to build their Churches in what form they please & to put in furniture of such model as they please. In return for [?] [solution] which you have given us, has [?] me to express with all sincerity & prayerfulness, my earnest [?] to the God who ruleth the season - he will guard you from every [?] & bring you in safely to the haven where you would be.
William Allen Fiske