Excerpt from Bishop Hughes Confuted: Reply to the Rt. Rev. John Hughes, Roman Catholic Bishop of New-York
I, sir, lived in Austria, Spain, Sicily, or in the States of the Church, your reply to my letters might come, not in the Freeman's Journal, but in the way of a warrant through the civil magistrate for my imprisonment or banishment as a heretic. But here we can have free discussion to the full and how ever you or your people may feel on the subject, I am persuaded that Protestants are resolved to use their privilege. And could your people think, and read, and believe, and act for themselves, without any of the terrors or trammels which your system casts around them, I feel persuaded that two gener. Ations would reduce the spiritual power of the pope your master to a yet lower point than that to which his temporal power has fallen. Hence I hail your letters as an advance toward free discussion, which has ever been the desire of Protestants, because of its tendency to the development of truth.
Permit me, in the briefest manner, and before I proceed to other statements, to allude to a few things in your introductory letter. Some of them to me, and to many of your readers, appear singular enough.
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