Letter from Francis M. Higbee, 10 January 1844

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remorse and dispair. Then Sir With me it is virtue, or vice; I am a devoted friend to virtue; and Sir a court or council of the church must declare me otherwise immediately: or I shall think you unjust in the extreem; then Sir I claim the right of investigation, I claim the right to a fair and impartial, and public trial; and that without delay. From your mere ipse dixit I shall extricate myself, for bear it I will not; I am quite determined not to remain quiet, under the foul imputations cast upon me.
Bur Sir I hold myself in readiness for an investigation and ever shall.
I remain
P.S. Notify <​me of me of​> if you please the course you shall pursue with regard to an investigation before the church powers, if you please immediately.
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remorse and dispair. Then Sir With me it is virtue, or vice; I am a devoted friend to virtue; and Sir a court or council of the church must declare me otherwise immediately: or I shall think you unjust in the extreem; then Sir I claim the right of investigation, I claim the right to a fair and impartial, and public trial; and that without delay. From your mere ipse dixit I shall extricate myself, for bear it I will not; I am quite determined not to remain quiet, under the foul imputations cast upon me.
Bur Sir I hold myself in readiness for an investigation and ever shall.
I remain
P.S. Notify me of the course you shall pursue with regard to an investigation before the church powers, if you please immediately.
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