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1 Mr. Richmond's Reply to the Statement of the Late Bishop of New York 1845

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IF the sentence of the Ecclesiastical Court had been met
with becoming submission on the part of the late Bishop of
New York and his friends; nay, had the Bishop alone de-
fended himself, silence would have been my choice. For I
would not blame a man about to be hanged, though he should
strenuously resist the tightening of the noose around his neck;
nor would any one censure him for endeavoring to escape,
after having been so galvanized by his friends, that he might
almost fancy himself recovering from the paralysis into which
the too feeble hand of the law had thrown him. In short, had
the poor Bishop been left to defend himself, we could forgive
him for his misstatements; and I, for one, would be content
to overlook even those mistakes or falsehoods, which, under
other circumstances, it is thought incumbent on every man to
answer, lest his silence should warrant some suspicion of their
truth. With the Bishop I never was at war, but with his
deeds; and how well had it been for him and for us, had his own
warfare with those deeds been far greater than mine! Before
he was tried, I counted him more worthy to be blamed than
pitied ; but after his sentence I deemed him more entitled to
pity than blame. Let it not be forgotten, amid the hue and
cry which is now raised about conspiracies, malice, vindic-
tiveness, party vengeance, and other misnomers, I say let it
never be forgotten, that the Bishop has ruined himself, and
that all the machinery which is most falsely said to have been
employed against him, would, like arrows shot against a rock,
have rebounded upon the conspirators, if applied to most
of the other bishops. And even now, I would silently bear
the numerous injurious insinuations and direct attacks made
against myself, were it not also attempted, in order to save
one guilty man, to involve in a common, but impossible de-
struction, every person who has so much as dared to lift a
hand or stir a foot in his righteous prosecution, slow and
deliberate presentment, long, careful, and impartial trial,
and in a sentence whose tenderness astonishes the world.

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