DECISION OF THE CHURCH.



fished statements were carefully read and due weight assigned
them. With the exception of his last request, which was for the ap-
pointment of a new tribunal to sit in judgment upon his case, all his
requests were granted.
    &venth. There was no secret trial; indeed, the charge was
not denied; the plea of guilty was entered by Mr. Cornelison. The
only questions the Elders were called upon to consider were: What
is necessary for expiation What satisfactory proofs can Mr. C.
give of sincere repentance What is the least penalty we can
inflict What can we do to lead Mr. C. to repentance, that we may
save him
    Eighth. With this object in view, as two Elders were not sitting
in the case, it was deemed prudent to call Profs. McGarvey and Gra-
ham as advisory counsel, that the decision of the Elders might be
strengthened by the concurrent opinion of these distinguished and
impartial men. For this purpose only were the gentlemen invited.
    Ninth. After due consideration, the Elders find in the alleged
reason of Mr. Cornelison for the assault (and admitting that Mir.
Cornelison believed the statement he made to be true) not the least
shadow of an excuse or palliation.
    Tenth. And they find in him no evidence of that repentance
which they deem necessary.
    Eleventh. And, therefore, without partiality or prejudice, and in
the fear of God, we announce to you that in consideration of the in-
defensible assault upon Judge Reid by John J. Cornelison, and be-
cause John J. Cornelison does not express true repentance for the
same, the fellowship of the church is withdrawn from him, and he
is no longer a member of this congregation.
    And, further, we ask all who dissent from this decision to make
their objection known to the Elders, and if any have even yet any
new evidence that will modify this decision, the Elders will receive
it, consider it, and if need be, act upon it.


    The pastor, Elder H. R. Trickett, who, by the way, was
not invited, and took no part in the deliberations of the
Elders, gratuitously announced that the Elders refused to
read the letters sent of AMan 9 and 11 by Cornelison.
    Notwithstanding the deliberation and patience with
which the Elders had proceeded in this case, it was charged
that Cornelison had been unjustly dealt with. In reference
to this an extract is copied from the address of Col. H. L.
Stone to the jury, at Cornelison's trial:



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