General Convention of the Episcopal Church

October 24, 1862

Notes from C.K.W. come from a friend of his who attended the recent meeting.  “The majority of the delegates to that body, as well as of the Episcopal churches in this country, continue faithful in their adherence to the interests of slavery. They have long been accustomed to see slavery supported by the United States Government….Now that the State has turned against slavery, “they are disconcerted and puzzled, and hesitate even at condemning rebellion, when it is made by their friends the slave holders, and supported by those venerable fathers in God, the Southern Bishops.” … In all the action of this Convention there was nothing recognizing slavery as the cause of the rebellion, or recognizing it as a sin or an evil, or referring to it in any way whatever…”

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