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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, March 01, 1893, Image 16

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THE HOBART HERARD. Q?U00<xc$u0fcft0 6j>t0Copate, / Y I>EAR MR. EDITOR .— In looking over your issue of the current month I was surprised to find a few words o f mine, now some months old, quoted for com­ ment. I was surprised, because I did not think that any saying of mine upon a matter of public policy could ever live so long. Now that you have brought this matter back from oblivion will you permit me briefly to explain why I believed and still believe the election of Dr. Brooks “ thegreatest possible good” in the present state of the church. Let me premise that had I been a member of the Massachu­ setts Convention I would in all probability not have voted for Dr. Brooks. For reasons which I could not now explain I would have voted for a man whom I love and revere who is no longer a priest of this church. But Dr. Brooks being elected I look upon that event as the result of Divine overruling and therefore the greatest possible good. I think I can in niv blind blunder­ ing way see some reasons why Cod brought it about. In n iv opinion it strengthens in a wonderful manner the Episcopal idea, iu this church and country,—and that,- not because it called a man of com­ manding influence and ability to the Episcopal office, though this in itself, other things being equal, were a great gain, hut by committing a whole- party to the Episcopal conception of the church and of Christianity, it gains to that conception, the whole strength of that party. Now the only party which at present threatens the Episcopacy is the Broad Church party. And I reverently think that the Spirit of Guidance which is over the church, seeing this danger and wishing to avert it does so by making the great high priest of tlie Broad Churchmen a Bishop. And so stops his mouth and that of his followers. We have now, I think, the argument ad ho m i nan against them. When they cry out against this ancient aud approved form of church government in the future we who hold to it cau say, if you men do not believe in the Epis­ copacy, why in the name of all that is sensible did you move heaven and earth to elect your best man Bishop. Then we have them in a dilemma.

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