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Your case and that of Cracroft cannot be touched by General Convention because this only a legislative body. The flagrant injustice and oppression by Bishop of West Caroline (Whitehouse) can only be reached by presentment.
letter, McIlvaine, clergy, Illinois
McIlvaine, Charles Petit, "Letter to Clergyman of Illinois" (1866). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 196.
October 6, 1866
Rev & dear Sir,
I did not receive your letter addressed to me at Cinc. till yesterday when it was forwarded to me here. Bp. [Eastburn] showed me what he had written you before I had seen it. Yours of Oct. 2nd has come this morning. Your case & that of Mr. [Cracraft] cannot be [?] by the Gen. [?] because it is solely a legislative body, without any Judicial or Executive powers. The flagrant [?] & opposition of Bp. W. can be reached only by presentment & I solemnly believe that [might] to be [?] & all the charges that can be sustained in your case, as that of Dr. C & us that of the clergymen of [?] who was so unkindly [?] & [?] (I forget his name/ [?]) & any other should be combined.
Yours in [?],
C. P. McIlvaine