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Indianapolis Indiana State Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 9, 1875, Indianapolis, IndianaThe Indiana state Sentinel tuesday. February 9 1875. The Brooklyn Laocoon. Tilton on the stand. Jimr ski Uulu Al do of Wijt a h15 Peak in Tilton to to Tiff a Thi plaintiff mum Ormo evidence�?comf03car am050the mix title parters Thi old Kirbt re tailed at Lem Otili new York feb. La the Brooklyn City court room waa Mph in crowded to Day it the beginning of another week of the great scandal trial. Mrs. Tilton mrs. Field mrs. Shearman and two other . Beecher with Bis wife and a one occupied their accustomed pares. Alter the court had been called to order judge Xei Laon Nave i opinion m to the right to testily of Tilton in the following words a in determining the Onset Ion raised by this objection the court holds urst that the plaintiff is competent to to get sworn and to testify in Kis own behalf second that As to the principal question at Kaaua he is not competent to testify is to and confidential . It la considered that this qualified direction Respecta the present slate of the Law of evidence and also Respecta whatever May remain of the Rule which impose silence or restraint by reason cd marital relations and on the grounds o Public interest or Theodore Tilton then took the stand and was Kaworu the defense sub ring exceptions. In answer i questions by sex judge Fullerton or. Tilton said i am 39 year of age. I was married of the 2d of october 185�, by or Beecher. My wife Sage i about 31. I Hare four children. I Boro been engaged in a literary profession. A became Donn acted with the Independent in the Spring of 18��o. I remained there under Beecher and on ble retiring in or 18<m i became Hia cult Yvor. I held the position of director under Beecher. In december ir7 i i owned the House in Welch i lived. With the Library. I valued it about $25,000. I owned a share in the new York Tribune a Small firm in the want valued at $1 ,600, piece of land in Prospect Park valued at $1,000. There was a mortgage of $7.600 on my Bouse. When i loft the Independent my property was valued at to it out $30.000. I bad Money out at interest deposited with Woodruff a Robinson after january 1, 1871. Even thousand Dollar were obtained from or. Bowel $5,000 from my Leo Turing tour $1,000 from my Book $6,000 from Monitor and a bout $ >,000 from subscriber to the o Den age i bad no debts other than Lisas on my Foo Prtt. 1 did not know the source from which the Money came which was Given to me by Moulton. I did no know that it came irom Beecher. It it a the 30th of december 1870, bad an interview with Beecher. Or. Karts objected to the witness giving evidence in relation to any statement made to the witness by Bis wife. Judge net Ison ruled that he witness could say what panned Between hts Eli and Beecher but not what his wife had told him. The witness continued Moulton brought Beecher and retired. I do Ltd not Salute Beecher nor be me. 1 crowed the room and locked the door went Hack and set opposite Beecher. I began in Thia Way. I think i said �?�1 presume you received from Bowen a letter demanding your retirement from your pulpit and lie said a i fila i told him be need not forr that loiter. He thanked me. 1 said he need not Oso Ellizabeth deserved his Hanka and not me. He Aid be understood the object of Thia interview Only in general Terina and asked me to Tell him what Bowen bad said. 1 told him it would be better to go to Bowen him. Sell. 1 told him Bowen had said that Beecher waa intimate with the members of his congregation for the past 25 year that be was not a Safe Man end had ruined families and households that be was a Wolf in he fold and should be exterminated and that Bowen had said that he bad it in his Power to drive Beecher out of Brooklyn in twelve Honra. I told him that after i bad i interview with Bowen. I told my wife about it and Abe was distress and reminded me of what i said in the previous summer. I would not recall my Promise not to Hurt Beecher tor ii he was driven from Brooklyn it would he her Abate and that of her children. Beecher asked me what i meant by her shame and i read to him Eliza Baths a or ecu or oos Trucios. This confession was destroyed on Thia evening. The witness was going on to relate the Contenta of this letter of confession but it was objected to by karts and a Long argument ensued Over Thia Point. The judge decided that the Contenta of the letter should be left oat for the present. Tilton then testified that Beecher attempted to speak but the Winean said a Walt hear me through and then the witness a Aid to Beecher that mrs. Tilton bad come unexpectedly and said to her husband that she wanted to communicate a secret that bad ions been on her mind and that Abe wanted to throw it of that she had been at the Point several times and once particularly when she was on a sick bed. Before telling the secret she extorted a Promise from her husband not to Tell any ene and not to injure the person concerned. She said it was a secret Viet Ween herself sort her pastor. The said that for a Long time a Friendship had existed Between them and Mere than Friendship. It had been sex Nal Intercourse. It began alter the death of her son Paul. She went to her pastors Bouse and on the 10tb of october 1863, she surrendered her body to him is sexual embrace. On the saturday following eke repeated the act at the House of her husband and on several other Orcus on at Hie Bouse and at several other places. It had occurred ail through the fall. In the month of july 1870,she bad written a letter to the witness telling the witness of these facts. The had been greatly distressed owing to the rumours of the condition of Beecher a moral character. She wanted to demonstrate the Honor and dignity of her sex until he told her that her love was innocent. She said to Tilton Bat for a Long Tims dome bail not been a Happy one that his Wile had not b in a satisfactory one Hurt that be wanted Elizabeth to be a wife to him but she always refused. Beecher solicitation to her were oftentimes violent. Be had gone away from the witness in the Aprim and the witness wrote bar a letter saying that Nail she made a full confession he would never look upon her. He said that she had Home Down from the country on Paratee to make the confession. In making the confession the witness said that he wished it understood that Tbs conversation was not Given word fur word but As accurately a he could. He furthermore told Beecher of that occasion that or. Tilton had become a broken hearted woman and that instead of taking her usual summer vacation she went to the far West. He also told him in regard to the statement that be bad asked Tilton to Send to Beecher that they might bold an interview and she could hear it and that the Lett by abut withdrawing from the pulpit and Brooklyn Shenold be withdrawn. He also told be Ocker that be had refused to acquiesce and hat she had appeared to him Lour or fue times Atid that n who asked the witness t i a letter and the witness refuted to do it. Be then implored him to void an interview with Beecher which a bold not Jar his Pride. Mrs. Tilton wrote a letter to Moulton for the purpose of holding an interview. In conclusion the wet no is reminded Beecher that to bad revoked be demand be made upon him and Prem ised Beecher that he would not sexist Bowen in Bis efforts to prosecute Beecher. A the close of the narrative the wit new waited a mom Cint and noticed that Bechert a face and neck were blood red. Tilton wont to the door unlocked 11 Aud Vald you Are free to Beecher appeared not to her him and Pitt m if in a dream. Titan repeated it. And Beecher arose and walked to the door but came Buck and asked a May i go for the Lvi to time and see Tilton std no and then yes. And Asid to Beecher a do not chide her. It Vou am Ite her with a word i will smite you in a tenfold degree. I did not Hilte you when i bad the Power tor Iny Wile s Sake but if you chide her with a word. I will smite your name before the Beecher put both bands Lohi head add said a it is All out it la All Beecher went Down stairs with Hia Banda to bit head and Moulton was at the foot and be asked Moulton if be bad seen Elisabeth s confession and Moulton answered yes. Beecher Sld a a Tala will kill me Moulton a and he thereupon went into the parlor. A recess a a Here taken. During the relation of this narration mrs. Beecher smiled frequently and or. Beecher occasionally but no other tigua or manifestations produced by the testimony wore of a Rybaut in their features. Teton gave Bis evidence in a Calm Cool Way. After Reba re a or. And mrs. Be Cher were Surro Urov i by their friends and after a few moms spent in con Gramala Iona they left the girl room. Re it rat Jeiven to or. Moulton. I told him when he came that i wanted to know if to oud Tell Rue with reference to the Little boy Ralph. And be Bald that the Date fixed by mrs. Tilton waa the Correct one. Or. Beecher a cd me the Date. I told of Chin Elisabeth bad told me that Date at which limn their criminal intimacy bad begun was on the Loh of october 168, and he a and that he bad no evidence of it Bat be thought she waa right a Orne expressions of grief and Miry Leli from Bint and that waa tha end of the interview. He went to or. Moulton s Boose. This interview lasted 10 or 16 minutes. I recollect the time of the publication of or. Wood Bull a card. I had an interview at Moulton a House with Beecher at the time of that publication. I told him she Cam to me at the Golden ate offload and put a card in my hand which a be a lined me to read. A portion of it said that a pub lie teacher in one City wan living with the wife of another Public tsar bar in the Maine City. Be Aad be referred to the Rev. Ii w. Beecher Aud inv wife. She related other particulars which were gathered in her earn of november 2, lb72. Her other Story was. That i bad discovered her intimacy and had used personal violence to her. Had taken the Wodding ring off her linger and ground it in to tip myth with Iny bet-1. I told Beecher that Moulton Aud i went to or. Wood Bull s House about to matter and bad an interview with her. Be had referred Only Ella by a to the Caudal and or. Moulton admonished by that she told him there that it waa Dar Gero the popu and he h. Thia s new Hampshire when the were so Many trying eyes the witness resumed Moulton pm pro it Rous for him to remain in ent at the Early part of the interview. He promised to think Over had to leave. Bierherr wrote a prefix to the wan Hith a occurred. I wan in gird in Hap of a Nota to Moulton sex Elmo pub-1 ing the purport of the card. After he wrote Woodhull Lio Alioa of the scandal was made and on Iny it be asked me if i thought it we uld be a at ret urn Home i waa told that it bad been circulating a whole week during my absence. I waa informed by either Moulton or Beecher that they had a conference when it waa made Clear but thought it waa better to treat the publication with tale Noe As the beet mean of killing it. Beecher said that if and denial waa made it would Only provoke Woodhull to produce it in another form and so it would have to be denied three or Jour Timea. There were several meetings about Thia la Moulton a study and at one of them it was proposed to Panlich the card by me which a already been Given in evidence. I said that if any card was to be published 1 was not the por alter the recon Tilton resumed mud co Aln should not speak ill of her. Or. Moulton _. _. A v1. J l. _. _ Quot i v a s. Am a As v ilk i a <1 uts a used his testimony. A asked by sex judge Fullerton to state Tho Content of he letter read to Bee her at Tho lnteivt2w. This waa objected to by karts a the letter bad been destroyed. It was accordingly ruled out by the court. Beach argued that this paper had Ben prepared and it was agreed that it should to submitted to Etc Berk a counsel. Counsel quoted irom l Gal Anth Orliea to show that communication Between husband and wife shown to a third parly could be proved. Judge net son a Aid that it would be difficult to deride in the face of a Case like this and be would like to hear Kvart Sonobe subject. Karts argued that the Confidence of the wife in her husband was that it was to be used in the interview to in Preas any controversy that might arise on the part of the wife. He bad not heard any View to entitle the witness to take a part of that paper and relate its contents. He held that thu whole narrative was ind Missahl. As being out of the Confidence of the wife and the letter and copy had been destroyed. After some further argument judge Nellson said be would still Rule out the paper. Karts then moved to strike out this evidence on the ground that it would disparage the wife As giving proof of the adultery of the wife not being competent according to Law. Judge Neil Rou refused thin and an exception was taken. The wit or an then said on the 3d of january i went to Moulton a and shortly after Beecher entered the room. Moulton said that i should not refuse to speak to him in his Bouse. I a ked Bow could i do so knowing oat be had ruined Tuy wife. Moulton said a How could you act so to n Man who humbled himself before you As before his t then said a Good or. Be Caber said a i do not put in any plea for myself. If you wish me to retire from fhe pulpit Only say the word and i will leave. The re will be no Selling of pews Aud i will go out of Public life. I will either go out of ule by suicide or by a journey to some Oiler part of the i told him that my wife said that Beecher ought never to know this for in addition to becoming my enemy he would also become Here. He Aid that the relation bet pen himself and Elizabeth was not always marked by sexual Intercourse and he could not offer any excuse for himself. He asked me to believe that be bad never sought her for ski Fuji purposes and that the Intercourse was from motives of love and not lust that Abe waa the Only woman to had Ever loved. He asked tue if i could reinstate her in my love and esteem and Drew a picture of a Inan silting on a Brink and said that he waa on the Edge of Bell. I remember that Beecher said something which led him into a violent Burnt of grief. I Gnu ring the con venation with Moulton which the witness did not Bear Teecher appeared overcome with grief. Moulton requested the witness to leave them to Gether and be did so. Beecher waa present. The letter which i had written to Bowen dated be 1st 9 january waa under discussion. I bad been sent for twice in reference to the same consultation about Thia matter. Moulton read it aloud and told Beecher i had written it thinking that i must Rinako some explanation to the Public at out the termination of my services with mar. Bowen. I told him that it was announced in the papers by Biden that i was to be the editor of the Brooklyn Union and a contributor to Tielu dependent and that these appointments Lead for some Independent reason been cancelled by a Wen and that the Public must let a informed of the reason of these charge. La Ernet mid that so far As the charges of Bowen wore concerned he did not care about any that be Bowel could make. Beecher Aleo said that there was s Peculiar Malignity in the charges made by Bowen against in pm. And that be never committed any violence of any woman. The interview ended by Moulton asking me to retire. He usually bad some talk with Beecher after to a interviews. I remember shortly alter Thia Moulton waa i. I went to Seo him. Booher a Ltd there Ile Ruid a Frank la very sick. He 1 at the grave s Cdon. I am afraid he will die Aud what will ebon Leeomo of our Case Frank in a a saved so saying he kissed me on the forehead and retired. I bad another interview with him either at the close of that Mounib or the beginning of to next. 1 was seat for to Moulton who had then recovered and it took place in his House. Beecher was then present. Touitou held in his baud a letter which Beecher had received from mrs. Mcrae. Beecher bad received the letter and it was in relation to some statements contained in the letter that 1 had been sent for. Here was shown a copy of the letter which Ibe witness identified. The letter charged me with to Loiro twelve fk1uons about Beecher s criminal relations i denied Thia. The letter also said that i bad not enough Money to buy my Lamil food. I turned to Moulton and said a you know that this is Beecher asked me if i had told twelve if bosons of the charges and i replied that i had not. I told him that mrs. Mcrae was saying among our relation that Theodore was making such and such charges against Elizabeth and that these charges were propagated by mrs. Morse. Further evidence of the plaintiff. Little Ralph s Pater nitty the Krind Shif of woodhdll�?irtervirw9 with re of tiicr�?pithl1catior of card��?4 blow for Tracy Mae. Hoo Ukko a new doct Jornt. New Yoke feb. 2.�?the second Day of the fifth week of the Beecher Tilton trial opened this morning with a crowded a court room a Ever. Or. Tilton end her female friends were Early in attendance alter the formal opening of court or. 7 90 took he wit Ness shaif and Reau new no evidence. To Sld i he Ocul interview with of purred shortly Katar i Blok it was to dec end week in of nary a my Bouse at Ray told me afterwards when Rotor a away that he thought Tai woman a not la her right Tulud and it a from that Timo that Moulton by Caber and my Elf Roro in consult Muon to atop to circulation of the woman stories. Beecher who greatly excited Audi Moulton told him that then was 110 Vaosa for Aurum As they could est ii keep her quiet. Kindness must be Ujj a i a a her and she my i he put tinder some obligation to i. Batcher coincided la this View and we agreed to Lxi come acquainted with her and to treat her at Gesullo Iun should to at a lady. Be resolved to make her acquainted with mrs. Tilton and mrs. Touitou but or. Beecher said that min. Beecher would not become acquainted will her. Beecher said tbsp by Boi it so the ladles would exercise a Good influence Over or. Woodhull. In quire dance of that arrangement i published in article in the Golden age about the e�pranckinb3ir�t of woman in which i alluded to mrs. Woodhull i Drew up an article claiming the right for women to vote on the ground of their being citizens of the United states and bad it published in Tho form of a tract and Addre de to Char left Banner. Thle was one favor i did for her. Be then brought me a biographical sketch of herself written by her husband w hich she amp ked me to revise. I did so completed the manuscript after which i published it. Six or seven weeks after this or. Moulton old me that he bad a letter written to or. Beecher by mrs. Woodhull with reference to presiding at Tho but inlay Hall meeting. Beecher bad been asked to preside at her meeting. Beecher was present. I told him i had presided at a meeting of hers in Theta Ooper Institute when she lectured 00 finance. Beecher said he would not like to preside but if he changed Bimini he would let me know. Touitou and i went to the Ball which was crowded and i introduced her with a few words. 1 left town in a few Days after on Iny lecturing tour and Wuh Touitou made a Friendly Call upon her. It a it a it on account of the publication of her pamphlet a tit for Tate that i relinquished or. I Woodhull. I say Here that Henry Ward Beecher is responsible for i it intimacy with mrs. Woodhull. On the evening of the lecture in. No inlay Hall. I had not contemplated going there and was under no Promise to do so. The article a tit for Tate a brought to my office by some person and shown to me. I i hint i. Was a lady from California who snowed it to is. In the first or Sproud week of december 1871, Beecher came into Moulton a study when i waa present. He asked me if Touitou bad conferred with me on my formally retiring from the Church and i said be had done so but i thought Ibert waa no reason Why i should resign. Beecher Asid it a reported among the Church members that i was a spiritualist and bad fore Aak a the Church lie said he understood my situation and howl was placed but be asked me to write a formal letter to to Courns asking for my dismissal. But 1 said no that he knew the reasons of Rev being identified with mrs. Wood Hull. I said in it was dangerous to have my name on the Chur it roil to at Rake it get a new one paint Aud i told him that if he treated the Wuhu boldly he would soon get rid of the Diffin. Ties by which he was surrounded. I a. It was a flae thing to require that i Shon. 1 retire from Hia Church on account of my Lurral views in a legion. I peremptorily declined to ask for a letter of Dis Mission irom the Church a on another occasion i met Beecher in the cars while travelling. I was writing and be came up Aud Asid a i Hope this is not another poem like 8ir a i Asid no that it was an essay. He said he thought there a no peace any More on Earth for him and he saw nothing but trouble for himself. I told bin that if he inet the matter boldly there would be no danger. He thought toy paper was inimical to him. And and Vlad Bat to inn person in the office should be made a Friend of by. I told bit to go to his work and not be downcast and relieve his mind of All apprehension of to. The tears then cants into his eyes and be left me. That is the imbalance of that interview with Beecher. When i was lecture us West i was asked about my sudden removal irom the Independent. On Tny return i told Iny friends this and also or. Moulton giving him the True reason which i desired to puh ish in the Golden age. Moulton advised me Dot to do so. Thia paper produced has an article prepared by or. Johnson and thyself fur publication. The Loriea told in the Quot West were horrible and injurious to my reputation. I believed i was Tuli led rightly to the $7,000 irom Bowen. I wrote a letter to in Astor Halliday at s later period dissolve Itig my Coop Etlou with the Church. I had several conversation with or. Beecher Tith regard to having some person on Tbs Christian Union who would Deal More fairly by me on the sub act of the scandal one who knew the facts and i suggested Oliver John Aon. After Bowen paid me $7,000 Moulton asked As coming from or. Claf Lin if Bowen took Back Bis charges a inst Beecher i would withdraw mine e paper was then drawn up which i a nod. Bowen when giving me the $7,000, d that be bad no ill feeling toward me and that if i supposed be a cd i was wrong. Lie published the vindication and Jna Tillea ton of me in it the Independent which waa copied into the Christian Union with comments attested. Or. Fullerton then read the article a published in the Christian Union with the comments attached of the Date of april 17, 1872, and it waa offered in son to do so that it waa the duty of Beecher alone of the parties More intimately connected to publish the card. I told bin be might deny it and i would not contradict his denial. 1 said that if i published the r a re the Public would May that Tilton a Wile bad been attacked and be merely published a card vindicating Bis conduct with the Wood Aulla. I told him i was angry that he did not put on the responsible univ of meeting the woo Dault Etory and that All the odium was put upon my Eha Uldera. The court Here took a recess. Are or the Recosar thu examination of Tilton waa continued. He Tesi tied that after the publication of the Woodhull Story there Vaa an interview a Moulton s it which those a recent were Moulton Franklin b. Wood Ruff and Tracy. It with on the first sunday evening her he ret Mcd from new Hampa Hiro. To was soot for to go to Moulton House Whf re he saw first Moulton. Kvart sol it a acted to tent Mon co coercing the interview inasmuch As been Ier was not present. The court told him to take 0 exception. The witness Bald that on going into the study be saw Tracy and Woodruff. He told Tracy that the interview waa against in protest and that Tracy had Leon taken into the Consul Nifon without i knowledge or consent. He then said that before going any further be wished Tracy to give him a pledge that it the a Lineer and Bleecher Ever came into in Lihz in Tracy would not set in toy Way a Ike i to counsel. Tracy replied that he Javk that both he a lawyer and at a gentleman. The witness said a very Tracy was then handed Beecher a letter of contrition which be read four or five times. Tracy then exclaimed a great god a and said that the Man who could express such a heart break had already been punished enough. He said that this waa a Esse in which lying would be right. He said to the witness that the publicity would not Only ruin his wife Aud Becher but would ruin the witness As the world would never forgive him for condoning Bis wife a crime. The witness replied that he Well knew that publicity would ruin All parties but that Bis in at anxiety waa for Bis wife. At a subsequent interview in Moulton a Atudo Beecher showed a Orne lotto and said that Bis sister mrs. Hooker bad threatened to invade Bis pulpit Aud read from his desk a confession of Hla connexion with mrs. Tilton. The witness Ami Moulton read the letters which were from mrs. Hooker. Beecher asked what could be done and the with so said that he would of mrs. Hooker and Stop the mischief. He did see her at the residence of a female Friend of his in new York. A a matter of delicacy he did not think it necessary to mention her name. The court said that it was not necessary. A i vein dispute took Psi Between karts and full Trou in regard to the ground on which the name could 1m withheld although both said that they did not want it. Judge Neilson said tha the trouble with the court la this cae was that both of Tho counsel wore right. Laughter the witness said that he induced mrs. Hooker to Reli Qulah her design when be Law Beecher afterwards the latter expr9tsed Bis gratitude. Beecher Al of made some remarks concerning mrs. Hooker Whigob the witness did not deem it necessary to repeat. Evarta of muted to the last remark As an innuendo Aud there was another fruitless War of words Between the counsels. The witness Sahl that about a fortnight after this Beecher atan interview in Moulton a study said that is could no longer believe in the policy of silence la regard to the i Woodhull scandal he said Bat the Public would believe that where there was so much smoke there was some fire and suggested that to satisfy the Public some journal such As the x. Y. Tribune should be induced to publish a severe editorial Artille not signed by any one to the effect that fat a Woodhull Story go out of stories related by Bowen which Bowen has Aluce denied. Tilton said that he objected to this As a fatal policy for the reason that Bowen had signed the tripartite agreement ouly at be Dollci Iatrou of Claflin and bad repeatedly said since that a coach and tour could be driven through that agreement and Asid to Beecher that it be drove Bowen to the Wail the latter would fight and. If he had any evidence in his Post radon he would to a dangerous antagonist. Beecher said that he thought i iowan had no proof in his Possession. At a subsequent interview Tilton said that he told Beecher that he had asked or. Storla what in his opinion Publio opinion in Brooklyn required him the witness to do and that the other advised the witness to show to him the documents in the Case and Tutt mrs. Tilton in consequence wrote Tho letter beginning a prompted by my conscience and no a duty to Tuy Hus it baud a which waa already in evidence. Beecher expressed his great regret that the witness had gone to or. Storla and said that he could never face the latter again. Subsequently the witness told Beecher that ire bad urged d Thi lace waa in cot denying Tho whole e witness told Ber that she could do what site choose upon her own responsibility and she wrote a card for publication. The witness showed this to lie Echer with a statement that mrs. Tilton wished him to also writs a card Ufa Lory. I waked Carpenter who Ballaron in to go around to my to us and bring or. Timon. He did to and she expressed Ber self As k satisfied with the r card. Nothing Ever came of the card. Beecher said there was danger. In the Case of a disagreement. That Bis card would put put him at a disadvantage before the Public the letter to a complaining Friend was published either the 26tb, 27tb or so tool december. Beecher said to me that he thought the publishing of it waa very injurious that it would Exdee comment which we desired to restrain. During the Mouth of december 1872, the Public pressure put upon me to do something in regard to mrs. Woodhull a Story was utterly beyond the Power of any Langog to describe. Every newspaper throughout the land a demanding that some explanation should be that Beecher should make it demanding that a iwo a should make it demanding that we All should make it and there was lbs pressure of Brooklyn and there was the pressure of the Church and everywhere the very air seemed to press on us. I have mentioned that a tout a fortnight before the interview i have just Given Rechar desert Das a plan of meeting it that we should Cut the tripartite covenant in two 3nd take out Bowens a part and charge Hui with All and make him Bear the Burden of retract in git. This letter to a complaining Friend succeeded that about 10 or 15 Days and arose out of the same emergency. I will also say that in thu month of december. I prepared another statement the Long document which has become technically styled i done to know Why a tue True Story a for it was not a True Story. It was a false one. As Beecher said he a cold oot Bear the publication of that that it would kill him and As the card to a complaining Friend As be expressed it ouly caused the very comment which i sought to quell i prepared another statement a brie letter to a Friend out West. It has been read in evidence. It bore the Date of i believe the very next Day. Perhaps the very last Day of i he year. At All events it waa written with a View to Herald in the new year season. There were a dozen different devices some by Touitou some by Beecher Aud some by me in that month. The tripartite agreement waa published May 30, 1873 and had an interview with Beecher the next morning at Moulton a House. I told Beecher that the comment which that publication had excited in one Day made it necessary that there should be a prompt and emphatic disclaimer either by bin or by me i did no to care which of any such intimation As that i bad committed a Crisio Asiu it him when be knew that it was he who had committed Sugai Tiht in a Crit no. I told him i would not permit the Public press to put me in to position of having been pardoned by 1 in for some atrocity which a nil t be troster in the Publio imagination because it was not named and that to Mas Correct of i would the Impre Slon which that publication produced. I told him that i bad in consultation with friends of the previous evening resolved on my method of preventing it. If inv method was to be adopted would publish in a Brief card bet. Bars letter now known As the letter of contrition with a comment appended that Ibe nubile a quid see from the above card whether i had committed Crit no against Beecher or Beecher had committed a crime against me. J said that he bad better Correct it himself that he could do 11 in a Milder Way without involving such s Cost to Bis feeling a. The next incident in be matter occurred during the Ove of that Day. I went around to Moulton a House on nut urday evening. That would by May 1st, 1873. I was going up into the etude. Or. Touitou told me not to be up for Beecher was there and he did not wish us to meet. I remained Down Stair. Pretty soon Touitou came Down to me and said that Beecher was in great Des Pond nov and bad proposed As his method of settling the Case to resign Bis ministry. Moulton dictated to me from memory a copy of a letter of re Signa Tion which to said Beecher by that night brought Moulton said to me a what Doyz a think of that As Bis wife bad Uri denial and said that the mistake in the first the policy of a Complete Plai Thi him to Al of write a card denying the Bargos. Or. Beecher said that it would a useless for him to do that unless the witness promised that be would not make the denial of no effect. To witness told him that he had nothing to fear unless he was the aggressor in which Case he the witness would defend himself at All Hazzards. Beecher then sat Down and wrote a card of which the witness bad a photographic copy. Fullerton then called upon the counsel for to defense to produce the original in Beecher s hand writing. Shearman said that he did not know what paper was Mes tit. Morris said that Shearman could not help knowing. Sho Armau then produced several papers one of which the witness identified As the paper in question. Evarts said that this was n paper which be had offered in evidence out which had not been suf evidence. I remember Beecher a dining Alif Clenty identified for him to get in. Fuller Moncton s House in october 1872. The Only woo then read the paper As follows feature of the is this. Or. Beecher said to me that be was either going to have my expedient a i said a Lyon May Tell Beecher if be resigns Bis ministry in Thia crisis flinging Back that Shadow on my tally 1 will shoot him upon the Street. Whether be communicated that to Beecher or not i done to know. After Beecher on saturday evening bad prepared his letter it resignation and 1 bad sent him that message through Touitou that he must find some other Way i went Early the next morning to Moulton s Bouse to see what had been the result of or. Becco Berk a late consultations with Moulton. Moulton showed me a letter to the editor of the Kagle prepared by Reeber in relation to the publication 0/ the tripartite agreement. Or bad the anniversary of wkdd1xo. He spoke to me by but Kun popularity and the strength of Hia Friend. He asked me if i a Bough there was imminent danger in oar Case. I told film hit this was a Good Tatna to resign Anda he was writing the life of Christ to would to the Lisiy uni to study the subject t it it thoroughly. I paper As follows Brooklyn december 29, 1872. 1 solemnly buy the Acanda Loua charge Madea Ghinst me and mrs. Tilled and i deny that there has been any criminal relation Between a or any color or reason for the Barge. My acquaintance with mrs. Tilton has Ever been that of the greatest Reep it it. I Here Freire to state in addition that or. Til ton during the whole of this shameful scandal a invariably spoken in the highest terms of Bis wife and shown to me the lib get proof i of Friendship. H. W. Bruch a close of his direct testimony. Or. let term last intarvixw9 with Beecher the separation but Weka mar and wife Bessie Turners a dispute Amono the counsel a tue love let term of the Cross examination. New York. Feb. S a a heavy rain storm to Day did not prevent the usual crowd from attending the Brooklyn City Fourt where the Ilion Beecher trial is in Progress. Mrs. Tilton mrs. Field or. Talma and or. Shearman were present promptly. At the appointed hour the court was normally opened and or. Tilton continued Hia Story. He said i Erst heard of the promised Council of the Church. I think in the Early part of govern her 1873, from or. Beecher in or. Moulton s Bouse. He told to trouble bad Arisen out of my speech in the Church Sod the pub by Halliday in a newspaper. He told me certain papers bad been sent him in relation to the cur cd Council. He said that councils were dangerous things and no Perron could Tell where they would end. He also Bald to me a ctn to this will All end Well if you Lii not give and information to or. Torra or act against we had a conversation subsequent to this in the Street one night. Beecher made a speech in Plymouth Church relating Lodr. Storla. Or. Beecher met Touitou and me and Bald that his Church waa going to stand alone and not unite with the other two churches in the Council. The Raco letter was published in june 1874, but i Nefi Rwjr inet or. Beecher Iauco the Public St of he Baboon letter. I bad a Ron Veraellen web Beecher in Moulton a Library in april 1874, about the Baboon charges in which i was called a Knave and a dog. I told Beecher he must reply to these Cir it a. He made no reply 10 this whatever. Or. Shearman wan there present and made an apology for having insulted mrs. Tilton in Public. When Boechier left Shearman remained behind Beecher was summoned by Telegraph to Moulton s House. This waa the last inter View i bad with Beecher to the beet of my recollection. A letter a produced. Thi pm written by tue and sent to Beach a via 2, 1874. The letter was read a i placed is evidence. It related to Kie but accept a a turn of a Zouev Hgt out a mkt her to pc de with i family to Europe and Remata there for Ruu Iber of year. A letter daled May 4, 1873, was also read by sex judge Fullerton addressed to the Rev. Henry Ward i Char or. Halliday and or. A airman Tintori diag them of a rat Lemeul made by or. Bacon after the adjournment of the Church Council and asking that he Tilton should be summoned before the examining comic Queeto answer the charges of slandering the pastor. s okeh % . It Brooklyn May 4. To the Rev. Herov Ward Besther. Pastor of Plymouth a bareh the Kev. A. B. Hui Liday at Quot pastor and or. Thou. U. Hurt Man clerk gentlemen i address through you to Tbs Church of which Yon Areo Flics the tol lowing statement which you Are at Liberty to communicate to the Church through to Munill. It in any other Mode private or Public. Tit Rev. Leonard Bacon d. D., la. D., or Csc Rator of the recent congregational Council a seen fit since the adjourn Mutof that tidy to proclaim publish and Miera a with signal emphasis and with the weight of something like official Sut Bonty a grave declaration which i Here quote a namely a it waa Lor Plymouth Church a he say. A to vindicate it pastor against a damaging imputation from one of its member. Wih great alacrity the pastor himself Ron ruling it threw away the Opportunity of a dec Tion. That set a be continued a flu which i Mouth Church threw away the Opportunity of vol Dioag ing it pay tar in. We t Gav occasion for the remonstrance Ron the neighbouring a there Are Many be Saya a also not ouly in Bro Kin let it elsewhere who fell that Ibe Church bad not fairly met Tho question and by evading the Issue had thrown away the Opportunity of vindicating its the moderators declaration is thus made three times Over the Plymouth Church in dealing with my. Oase threw a Way its Opportunity of vindicating its pastor. Thia declaration mgt emphatically repeated by the chief mouthpiece of the counsel and pot Forth by King apparently As an exposition of a views compel me a the third Patty to the controversy to Cooee Between two alternatives one of these la to remain in the dishonourable position of a Man who Denis to Hia former pastor in Opportunity for vindication of that pastor s character an offence Ibe mors heinous because an unsullied Char sote r and reputation Are requisite to his sacred office. The other alternative is fat Reno to restore to Hia Church their lost Opportunity for his vindication by preventing myself voluntarily for the same trial to which the Church would have the Power to summon me if 1 were a member a f tip Gestin which judging from Ruy past experience will subject me at nah to it unjust imputation of revising a Sandaj Lor the sup premion of Whlor i made More sacrifices than All the other persons. Between the e two Alt natives which Are All that to Moderator leaves to me and which Are both equally repugnant to my feelings duty requires i to a Bootie the second. 1 therefore give you notion that if the pastor or the examining committee or the Church As a body wishes to repossess the Opportunity which the Moderator lament that you Bave thrown away i hereby restore to you Thia Opportunity a freely As if you bad never parted with it. I authorize you if such be your pleasure to cite me at any time it bin thirty Days to appear at the bar of Plymouth Church tor trial on the charge heretofore made against me Viz that of circulating and promoting scandal s derogatory to the Christian integrity of the pastor and injun Oua to the reputation of the Church. My Only stipulation concerning the trial is that it shall not is held with closed doors nor in the absence of the pastor. I regret. That the Moderator has imposed on is to necessity for making this communication for nothing but necessity would extort it. The pro ital Good which i seek of achieve by this proposition in that whether accepted or declined it will in either Case effectually put an end to the Moderator s grave charge that Plymouth a Church Baa been deprived through me of an Opportunity to vindicate it pastor or that it pm Ator bar been by any act do a plane Dop rued of an of a Ort univ to vindicate blk self. Truly your ti7odork Tilton. The witness continued in the re it part of july 1873, 1 first heard of Thi appoint ent of a to wait upon me with regard to the scandal. Fullerton Here read the correspondent calling for an investigation of to charges by the Church committee. The witness resumed i first saw the letter calling for a committee on the night before it waa published in the hands of mrs. Cleveland. My wife a then with me. But be left the Bouse after the publication of this letter i think on the morning of july 11. Be did net leave against my will. She bad a will of her own and acted upon it. At the same time 1 did not restrain her. There were three or four report of reined for the of Manittee and i pc Palfi two of them. To preparation of the abort report happened As follows mrs. Tilton informed the on the 8th of july that be had been Down let a Ore a committee of the Church in relation to what passed Between me and or. Bacon. A Long argument Here ensued on the right of the wine to question what was told him by his wife As to what occurred before the committee. Or. Evarts objected to the question and the objection a sustained by the court. The witness then continued i to not remember that the tripartite agreement a Ever the subject �9uvenutioa Between Beecher and 2�. Bad in Traer was a girl who came to our Houe under the name of Lizzie Mcdermott about 15 veers ago. She came to my House through the Means of an old sunday school teacher either of mine or of or. Tilton i do not know whether she reside d continually in the House until after my return from Tbs West la 1667. Mrs. Tilmon and or. Moulton made array Genet for sending her to school some time in january 1871. Or. Beecher from the Flat to the la Anever denied his criminal Intercourse with mrm. Tilton. Whenever he spoke of he Law a a said she was not the person to blame. Bessie Turner s age i think was about 16 or 16 when she left a in 1871. There is not a word of truth in the statement that i carried her from her bed to mine. No improper conduct was Ever exhibited by me toward her. The Wittem showed a paper and said i think i snowed this report and another to Geo. Traoy. I put both of them in the bands of mrs. Touitou. I prepared this one at the Nugget ton of Gen Tracy. At the time i prepared this report 1 Beard or. Tilton had b in before the committee end Len. Tracy told us it of the evidence Given before then. Gan. Traer void Tea i had nothing to fear from or. Tilton test1r it it that when Abe appeared before in 00mtantee she denied everything or that there waa any foundation for it and Gen. Tracy. While making Thia narration wept Tolj told me if i a operated in Thia it would be a a Etc cd to. I told him to explain the method of procedure Befrs tue commit Lee. He said tha Bev would summon whom they Plean and Thi 7e�?~ �?~,1, they pleased and on it the committee would

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