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Indianapolis Indiana State Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 9, 1875, Indianapolis, Indiana The Indiana state Sentinel tuesday. February 9 1875. The Brooklyn Laocoon. Tilton on the stand. Jimr ski Uit a a do of Wijt a h15 Peak in tilts to titi fit thi plaintiff mum Ormo evidence�?comp03crk Amos othe mix title parters thi old Kobe re tailed at Lem Otili new York feb. La the Brooklyn City court room was Mph in crowded to Day it the beginning of another week of the great scandal trial. In. Tilton or. Field mrs. Shearman and two other . Beecher with blk wife and a on occupied their accustomed Plares. Alter the court had been a tiled to order judge Veilson rave ble opinion m to the right to beautify of Tilton in the following words a in determining the Onset Ion raised by Thea objection the court holds unit that the plaintiff to competent to to get Aworo and to Lee tily in Kia own behalf second that a to the principal question at Issue he a not competent to testify a to and confidential . It la considered that Thea qualified direction Respecta the present state of the Law of evidence and also Respecta whatever May remain of the Rule which impose Amienee or restraint by reason i marital relation of and on the ground of Public interest or Theodore Tilton then took the stand and waa Emoru the defense entering exceptions. In answer to questions by sex judge Fullerton or. Tilton said i am 39 year of age. I a married on the 2d of october 1855, by or Beecher. My wife s age in about 31. I Hare four children. I Boro Den engaged in a literary profession. L became connected with the Independent in the Aprong of 1850. I remained there under Beecher and on Bis retiring in 101 or 18<m i became his Suo it Vor. 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 went 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 left the Independent my property waa valued at about $30,000. I bad Money oat at interest deposited with Woodruff a Robinson after january 1, 1871. Even thousand Dollar were obtained from or. Bowel $5,000 from my lecturing tour $1,000 from my books $6,000 from Mou Itoi and a bout i,000 from subscriber to the o Den age. I bad no debts other than Lien on my property. 1 did not know the source irom which the Money came which we Given to me by Moulton. I did no know that it came irom Beecher. On the 30th of december 1870, bad an interview with Beecher. Or. Kvarta objected to the witness giving evidence in relation to any statement made to the witness by Bis with. Judge Nellson ruled that the witness could say what paused Between it melt and Beecher but not what his wife had told him. The witness continued Moulton brought Beecher and retired. I did not Salute Beecher nor be me. 1 crossed the room and locked the door went Hack and sat opposite Beecher. I began in tia Way. I think i said Quot i preen the you received from Bowen a letter demanding your retirement from your pulpit and lie said a i Filici i told him be need not for that loiter. He thanked me. 1 said he need not Oso Elizabeth deserved his Bauks and not me. He Aid be understood the object of Thia interview Only in general terms 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 waa not a Safe Man Ana had ruined families and households that be was a Wolf in the fold and should be exterminated and that Bowen had said that he bad it in his Power to drive Beecher oat of Brooklyn in twelve hours. I told him that after i bad his 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 is driven from Brooklyn it would be her Sosme and that of her children. Beecher asked me what i meant by her shame and i read to him Surucu of Whon. This confession was destroyed on thi evening. The wit neen waa going on to relate the contents of tia letter of confession but it was objected to by Evarts and a Long argument ensued Over Thea Point. The judge decided that the contents of the letter should be left out for the present. Tilton then testified that Beecher attempted to speak but the witness said a Walt hear me through and then the witness said to Beecher that or. 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 particular in when she was on a sick bed. Before Telline to secret she extorted a Promise from her husband not to Tell any one and not to injure the person concerned. She said it was a secret herself a Art her pastor. The raid that for a Long time Friendship had exited Between them and More than Friendship. It had been sex nil Intercourse. It began alter the death of her son Paul. She went to her pastor a Bouse and on the i0tb of october 1863, she surrendered her body to him is sexual embrace. On the saturday following she repeated the act at t he House of her husband and on several other occasions at Hie Bouse and at several other places. It had occurred All through the fall. In the month of july 1870,she had written a letter to the witness telling the witness of these fact. The had been greatly distressed owing to the Rumor of the condition of be Ecbert moral character. She win led to demonstrate the Honor and dignity of her sex until he Tegt old her that her love was innocent. She said to Tilton that for a Long Tims Beer Iery a borne 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 Lim but she always refused. Beecher solicitations to her were oftentimes violent. Be bad gon away from the witness in the Aprim and the witness wrote brr a letter saying that a a til a be made a fall confession he would never look upon her. He raid that she had Home Down from the country on purpose to make the conf wion. In making the con Tea Eien the witness raid that he wished it Nodera Tood that the conversation was not Given word for word but As accurately a he could. He furthermore told Beecher on that occasion that mrs. 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 Abe bad a ked Tilton to Send to Beecher that they might bold an interview and Ehe could hear it and that the Lett by abut withdrawing from the pulpit and Brooklyn a held be withdrawn. He also told in Ocker that be had refused to or Quiesce and hat Ana bad appeared to him Lour or Fite times Atid that n who asked the t a carry a letter and the wit Nee refuted to do it. Be then implored him to void an interview with Beecher which a bold not Jar i Pride. Mrs. Tilton wrote a Lei ter to Moulton for the purpose of holding an interview. In conclusion the wet no is reminded Beecher that he bad revoked he demand be made upon him and Prem ised Beecher that he would not �11 Bowen in Bis efforts to prosecute Botcher. At the close of the narrative the wit new waited a moment and noticed that but Echer a face and neck were blood red. Tilton wont to the door unlocked it and old a you Are free to Betcher appeared not to her him and cat or if in a dream. Tilton repeated it. And Beecher arose and walked to the door but mme Back and asted a May i go for the last time and see Tilton said no and then be and said to Beecher a do not chide her. It von saute her with a word i will smite you in a tenfold degree. I did not smite you when i bad the Power tor my Wirsz Wake but if you chide her with a word. I will smite your name before the Beecher put both band Lohi head add said a it in All out it la All Beecher went Down Nair with his hands to Bis Bead and Moulton was at the foot and be asked Moulton if be bad seen Elizabeth s confession and Moulton answered yes. It Echer said Quot tia will kill me and he thereupon went into the parlor. A recess was Here taken. During the relation of tia narration mrs. Beecher smiled frequently and or. Beecher occasionally but no other Sigua or manifestations produced by the testimony wore observant in their features. Teton gave Bis evidence in a Calm Cool Way. After the Rea or. And my. Beecher were Turrou Quot i by their friends and Alicr a few mom a a a pent in congrats Ala ions they left the girl room. Req i st Given to or. Moulton. I told hit when he came that i wanted to know if to could Tell me with reference to the Little boy a Ralph. And to said that the Date fixed by or. Tilton was the Correct one. Or. Beecher asked ins the Date i told him Elisa la had told me that Date at which limn Thor criminal intimacy had began waa on the 10th of october 168, and he eat thai be bad no evidence of it by be thought she waa right. Home expression of grief and Miry Leli from Bint and that waa tha end of the interview. He went to or. Moulton s Boose. Thi interview lasted 10 or 16 Munnt a a. I recollect the time of the publication of mrs. Woodhull a card. I had an interview at Moulton a House Alth Baecker publication. I told him she came to me at the Golden ate offload and put a card in my hand which Quot he wished me to read. A portion of it said that a put lie teacher in one City wan living with the wife of another Public team fir in the Maine City. She sad a be referred to the Rev. A w. Beecher and inv wife. She related other particulars which were gathered in her curd of november 2, lb72. Her other Story was that i bad discovered her intimacy and bad used personal violence to her. Had taken the Wodding ring off her linger and ground it in to tip myth with Tny Becl. I told Beecher that Molioo and i went to mrs. Wood Bull a House about to matter and bad an interview with her. She bad relend Only Idi Gully to the scandal and or. Moulton admonished her that she told him there that it was danger Tho pulp and hit. Alda i new Hampshire when the were so Many trying eyes the witness resumed Moulton Viust pro a Rous fur him to remain in ent at the Early part of the Lote View. He promised to think Over had to leave. Berher wrote a prefix to the was i this occurred. I we in a rat in a pm of a Noto to Moulton explain pub-1 ing the purport of the card. After he wrote Woodhull Lioa lob of the scandal was in do and on my it be asked me if i thought it would be a st rot urn Home i was told that it bad been circulating a whole week during my absence. I waa informed by either Moulton or is Ember that they had a conference when it waa made Clear but thought it waa better to treat the publication with tale Noe a the beet Naan of killing it. Roeber said that if and denial was made it a would Only provoke Woodhull to produce it in another form and so it would have to be denied three or Jour times. There were several meetings about Thia in Moulton s study and at one of them it was e reposed to Panlich the card by me which As already been Given in evidence. I said that if any card was to be published 1 was not the per alter the recess Tilton resumed Aud co Aln should not speak ill of her. Or. Moulton we l. _. _ Quot a a a a a. A a a a 1, ii he Nln a to Uta tue his testimony. He was asked by sex in Dan Fullerton to state Tho contents of the letter read to Bee her at Tho inletvt2w. Tai waa objected to by Kvarta a the letter had been destroyed. It in accordingly Pplk Doc by the court. Beach argued that this paper had Ben prepared and it waa agreed that it should in submitted to Etc Berk a counsel. Counsel quoted from 1-Gal authorities to show that communication Between husband and wife shown to a third parly could be proved. Judge Nellson a Aid that it would be difficult to decide in the face of a Case like this and he would like to hear Var Teontae subject. Evarts argued that the Confidence of the wife in her husband was that it waa 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 Beld that thu whole narrative waa 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. Kvarta 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 Neilson refused thi and an exception was taken. The witness 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 Boose. I a ked Bow could i do so knowing that be Hail ruined my wife. Monitor said a Witow could you act so to a Man who humbled himself before you As before his t then said a Good or. Beecher said a i do not put in any plea for myself. If you wish me to retire Fnu in the pulpit Only say the word and i will leave. The re will be no Selling of pews and i will go out of Public life. I will either go out of life by suicide or by a journey to some Oiler part of the i told Bint that my wife said that Beecher ought never to know this for in addition to becoming my enemy he would also become Here a. He a Aid that the relation Between 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 so Vuu per posts and that the Intercourse waa from motives of love and not Lus. That Ahe 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 Henrot of grief. I Turing the conversation with Moulton which the witness did not Bear let Sclier appeared overcome with grief. Moulton requested the witness to leave them to Gether and be did of. Beecher waa present. The letter which i had written to Bowen dated be 1st 91 january waa under discussion. I bad been sent Lor twice in reference to the same consultation about this matter. Moulton read it lond and told Beecher i had written it thinking that i must Mako some explanation to the Public about 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 the Independent and that these appointments had for some Independent reason been cancelled by a Wen and that the Public must let a informed of the reason of these charges. Fio Ecuer said that so far As the charge of Bowen wore concerned he did not care about any that be Bowel could make. Beecher Aleo said that there was a Peculiar Malignity in the charges made by Bowen against Bun. And that be never committed any violence on any woman. The interview ended by Moulton asking me to retire. He usually bad some talk with Beecher after those interview. 1 Reni Tasber shortly after this Moulton was i. I went to see him. Boc Oher to there Ile Euid a Frank is very sick. He i at the grave s Edge. I am afraid he will die Aud what will then Leeomo of our Case Frank ii a saved so saying he kissed me on the forehead and retired. I bad another inter flow with him either at the close of that Mouth or the beginning of to next. 1 was seat for to Moulton a who had then recovered and it took place in his House. Beecher was then present. Moo Itou Beld in i baud a letter which Beecher had received from Are. Morse. Beecher bad received the letter and it was in relation to some statements contained in the latter 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 to blk Fri sons about Beecher s criminal relay Iowa 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 a it sons of the charges and i replied that i had not. I told him that mrs. Monte we saying among our relations Toast Theodore we 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 ship of Woodhull a inter views with by we Hub Prthu Caylor of card��?4 blow for Tracy Mae. Isoo Ukko a new Dott Jornt. New yobs feb. 2.�?the second Day of the fifth week of the Beecher Tilton trial opened tia morning with a crowded a court room a Ever. Or. Tilton and her female friends Ware Early in attendance alter the formal opening it court or. 7 in took the witness chair and resume evidence. To said i he of it interview with he a a Cher occurred shortly a tec i Blok it we to dec end week in friary a my Bouse at Ray told me afterwards whoa coming away that he thought Tai woman wat no. In her right Tulud and it a from that time that Moulton Beecher and myself arc in consultation to atop to circulation of the woman s stories. Beecher Wmk greatly excited Auto Moulton told him that then waa no cause for alarm they could a a ily keep Lite quiet. Kindness must be us a a i a a her and she most be put tinder some obligation to us. Batcher coincided in this View and we agreed to be come person Fly acquainted with her and to treat her As Geo Lomen should treats lady. We resolved to make her acquainted with mrs. Tilton and or. Moulton but or. Beecher said that or. Beecher would not Bectran acquainted with her. Beecher said that us honed the ladle would exercise a Good influence Over or. Woodhull. In Rieur Eunuce of that arrangement i published in article in the Golden age about the k�pranck1nbsirrt 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 addressed to Charles homier. This was one favor 1 did for her. Febe then brought me a biographical sketch of herself written by her husband hich she a ked me to revise. I did so completed the manuscript after which i published it. Six or a even week after this or. Moulton old me that he bad u letter written to or. Beecher by mrs. Woodhull with reference to prodding at Tho Betti Nav Hall meeting. Beecher bad been asked to preside at her meeting. Beecher was present. I told him a i bad presided at a meeting of hers in Theta Ooper Institute when she lectured on finance. Beecher said he would not like to preside but if he change i mind he would let me know. Moulton 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 Tny lecturing tour a id Wuh Moulton to Nav in a Friendly Call upon her. It we Mon account of the publication of her pamphlet a tit for Tate that i relinquished or. Wood in in i say Here that Henry Ward Beecher is responsible for i it Tull Mary with mrs. Woodhull. On the evening of the lecture in. Klein Way 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 Kotfica by some person and shown to me. I i hint to. Was a lady from California who snowed it to me. In the first or a Pond week of december 1871, by Ember came into Moulton a study when i hmm present. He asked me if Moulton bad conferred with the on my formally retiring from the Church and i said be Iliad done so Bat i thought Ibert was no reason Why i should resign. Beecher std it was reported among the Church members that i was a spiritualist and bad fore Aake a the Church lie said he understood my situation and howl was placed but be a ked me to writes formal Fetter to to comb asking for my dismissal. But 1 said no that he knew the reasons of Rev being identified with mrs. Woodhull. I said in it Wev dangerous to have my name on the Chart roil to st Rike it out or get a new one paint and i told him that if he treated the lust boldly he would soon get rid of the Difili. Tiee by which he was surrounded. I a. It was a of Kite thing to require that 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 said a i Hope this is not another poem like 8ir a i said no that it was an a Wiy. He said he thought there a a a to peace any More on Earth Fogt a him and he saw nothing but trouble for bit self. I told Blyn that if he inet the matter boldly there would be no danger. He thought my paper was inimical to him. And a a Veraci Bat to inn person in the office should be made a Friend of Bis. I told bit to go to his work and not be downcast and relieve his mind of All apprehension of to. The tears then came into Bis eyes and be left me. That is the aha Lance of that interview with Beecher. When i was led ring West i was asked about my sudden removal irom the Independent. Of my return i told Tny friends this and also or. Moulton giving him the True reasons which i desired to pub web in the Goldon age. Moulton so Vised me Dot to do so. Tia paper produced has so article prepared by or. Johnson and myself fur publication. The stories told in the 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 actor fall ids at a later period duo la lug my Cootie Tiou with the Church. I had several conversations with or. Beecher Finith regard to having some person on the hurls than Union who would Deal More fairly by me on the sub act of the scandal one who knew the facts and i suggested Oliver Johnson. 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 waa then drawn up which i aned. Bowen when giving me the $7,000, d that he bad no ill feeling toward me and that if i supposed be a cd i was wrong. He published the vindication and Jno Tillea ton of me ii the Independent which was copied into the cd Platiau Union with comments attached. 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 was offered in son to do so that it was the duty of Beecher alone of the parties More intimately connected to publish the card. I told him be might deny it and i would not contradict ids denial. 1 said that if i published the c a re the Public would say that Tilton Wile bad been attacked and be merely published a card vindicating Bis conduct with the Woodhull. I told him i was angry that he did not put on the response Biliie of meeting the Wood Alt Story and that All the odium was put upon my a haulers. The court Here took a recess. Alicr the recess thu examination of Tilton War continued. He tos tied that after the publication of the Woodhull Story there was an interview a m a Niton s at which those present were Moulton Franklin b. Wood Ruff and Tracy. It Wax on the first sunday evening her he ret Mcd from new Hampshire. To was sent for to go to Moulton s Nouver where he saw first Moulton. Evart Sot eco a to tent Ninov Cocker Niue the inter View. Inasmuch a been Ier was not present. The court told him to take an exception. The witness said that on going into the study be saw Tracy and Woodruff. He told Tracy that the interview a against his protest and that Tracy had Leon taken into the Consul Stion without i knowledge or consent. He then said that before going any further be wished Tracy to give him a pledge that it the witness and Beecher Ever came into collision Tracy would not act in any Way As be Ecbert a counsel. Tracy replied that i have that both he a lawyer and u a gentleman. The witness said a very Tracy was Beu handed Beecher s 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 was a cose in which lying would be right. He said to the witness that the publicity would not Only ruin his wife Aud would rain the witness As the world would never forgive him Lor condoning Bis wife s crime. The witness replied that he Well knew that publicity would ruin 11 parties but that Bis in at anxiety was for Bis wife. At a subsequent interview in Moulton a st nov Beecher showed a Niue letters a my a Aid that Bis Slater mrs. Hooker had threatened to invade Bis pulpit and read from his desk a confession of his connection with or. Tilton. The with can Ami Moulton real the letters which were from mrs. Hooker. Beecher ask a a what it Ould be done and the witness said that he would a of or a. Hooker and atop the mischief tie did see her at the residence of a female Friend of his la Jacw 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 Pia re Between Evarts and Fullerton in regard to the ground on which then uie could in withheld although both said test they did not want it. Judge Neil non said tha the trouble with the court in Thia cae was that both of Tho counsel wore right. Laughter the witness said that he induced mrs. Hooker to relinquish her design when be saw Beecher afterwards the latter expr9�sed Bis gratitude. Beecher al of made some remarks concerning mrs. Hooker Whigob the witness did not deem it necessary to repeat. Evarts objected to the last remark As an innuendo Aud there was another fruitless War of words Between the counsels. The witness said that about a fortnight after this Beecher atau interview in Moulton s study said that be could no longer believe in the policy of silence in regard to the Woodhull scandal he said Bat the Public would believe that w Here there was so much smoke there was some fire and suggested that to satisfy the Public some journal such As the n. Y. Tribune should be induced to publish a severe editorial article not signed by any one to the effect that fat a Woodhull Story go out of stories repeated by Bowen which Bowen has since denied. Tilton said that he objected to this As a fatal policy for the reason test Bowen had signed the tripartite agreement Only at be Boll citation of Claflin and bad repeatedly said since that a coach and tour could be driven through that agreement and said to Beecher that it be drove Bowen to the Wail the latter would fight be had Auy evidence in his Possession he would to a dangerous antagonist. Beecher said that he thought in own had no proof in his Possession. At a subsequent interview Tilton said that he told Beecher that he had asked or. Storrs 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 mrs. Tilton in consequence wrote th3 letter beginning a prompted by my Gnu science Aud my duty to buy Huss build a which was already in evidence. B it a Cher expressed his great regret that the witness had gone to or. Torra and said that he could never face the latter again. Subsequently the wit neen told Beecher that ire bad urged d thi lace was in cot denying Tho whole e witness told Ber that Abe could do what she choose upon her own responsibility and she wrote a card for publication. The Linw showed Thea to Beecher with a statement that mrs. Tilton wished him to also writ a card i a a Falory. I asked Carpenter who bail came in to go a round to my House and bring or. Tilton. He did so and she expressed Ber self a k a Atis Pird with the r card. Nothing Ever came of the card. Beecher said there waa 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 pub i hed either the 26tb, 27tb or a Sabot december. Beecher said to me that he thought the publishing of it was very injurious test it would excite comment which we desired to restrain. During the month of december 1872, the Public pressure put upon me to do something in regard to mrs. Woodhull s Story waa utterly beyond the Power of any language to describe. Every newspaper the land a demanding that some explanation should be that Beecher should make it demanding that a Wen should make it demanding that we All should make it and there was Ibe pressure of Brooklyn and there a the pressure of the Church and everywhere the very air seemed to press on us. I have mentioned that Slont a fortnight before Tho interview i have just Given by car Deal red a a plan of meeting it that we should Cut the tripartite covenant in two and take out Bowens part and charge Hui with All slander 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 Tho 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 waa not a True Story. It was a Faivae one. As Beecher he could not 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 Coin Anent which i sought to quell i prepared another statement a Brief 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 t 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 Moulton 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 bit or by me i did no to care which of any such intimation As that i bad committed a crime again t him when be knew that it was he who had committed Agai uht the a Crit a. I told him i would not permit the Public press to put me in to Post iti it it a of having been pardoned by i in for some atrocity which was All l he to Restar in the Public imagination because it was not named and that he Mas Correct Ofil would the Impre Sion which that publication produced. I told him that i had in consultation with friends of the previous evening resolved on my method of preventing it. If Niv method was to be adopted would publish in a Brief card bet chars letter now known As the letter of contrition with a comment appended that Ibe Public 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 it in a Milder Way without involving such s Cost to Bis fee it nos. The next incident in the matter occurred during to love of that Day. I want around to Moulton a House on Viat urday evening. That would be May lat 1873. I waa going up into the fat nov. Or. Moulton told me not to go up for Beecher was there and he did not wish us to meet. I remained Down Stair. Pretty soon Moulton came Down to me and said that Beecher was in great despondency and bad proposed As his method of settling the Case to resign his ministry. Moulton dictated to the from memory a copy of a letter of resignation which to said Beecher bad that night brought Moulton suld to me a what do Yon think of that As his wife bad Uri denial and said that the mistake in the first the policy of a Complete Piai thi him to a do write a card denying the charges. Or. Beecher Baid that it would a useless for hic to do that Una eat the we mens promised test 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 Tho defense to produce the original in Beecher s hand writing. Shearman said that he did not know what paper wan meant. Morris said that Shearman could not help knowing. Sho Armau then produced several paper one of which the witness identified As the paper in Quentlyn. Evarts said that this was a paper which be had off red in evidence out which Iliad not been suf evidence. I remember be Ecbert dining atm gently identified for him to get in. Fuller Moulton s House in october 1872. The Only won 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 tall Beecher if be resign Bis ministry in Thia crisis flinging Back that Shadow on my family 1 will shoot him upon the Street. Whether he communicated that to Beecher or not i done to know. After Beecher on saturday evening bad prepared his letter of resignation and 1 bad sent him that message through Moulton that he must find some other Way i went Early the next morning to Moulton s House to Sec what had been the result of or. Beecher s late consultations with Moulton. Moulton showed me a letter to the editor of the Eagle prepared by Beecher in relation to the publication of the tripartite agreement. Or bad the Sitnik Saary of mix Milikh wkdd1xo. He spoke the me Bont Kun popularity and the strength of Hia Friend. He asked me if i a bought there was imminent danger in our Case. I told him hat this waa a Good to Fino to resign and a he was writing the Milfs of Christ to would to the holy Lam to study tha subject ? it it thoroughly. I paper a follows Brooklyn december 29, 1872. 1 solemnly dts by the scandalous charge made again me and mrs. Tilled and i deny that there a been any criminal relation Between a or any color or reason for the Barge. My acquaintance with mrs. Tilton a Ever be in that of the greatest respect. I hers desire to state in addition that or. Tilton during the whole of this shameful scandal by a invariably spoken in the highest terms of Bis wife and shown to me Tbs lib eat Proulk of Friendship. H. W. Beecher. Close of his direct testimony. Or. Ill con a letter last interviews with Byseit Hrry the separation Between Man and wife Bessie Turners a dispute among tue love letters 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 court where the Ilion Beecher trial is in Progress. Mrs. Tilton mrs. Field or. Takes and or. Shearman were present promptly. At the appointed hour the court was formally opened and or. Tilton continued Hia Story. He said i first heard of the promised Council of the Church. I think in the Early part of no vein her 1873, from or. Beecher in or. Moulton a Bouse. He told to trouble bad Arisen out of my speech in the Church and the pub by Holliday in a new paper. He told me certain papers bad been sent him in relation to the Church Council. He said that councils were danger on things and no Prevott could Tell where they would end. He also said to me a ctn to this will All end Well if you will not give and information to or. Torra or act against we had a conversation subsequent to thi in the Street one night. Beecher made a speech in Plymouth Church relating Lodr. Storla. Or. Beecher met Moulton and me and said Tom his Church was going to stand alone Aud not unite with the other two churches in the Council. The flu on letter waa publish of a in june 1874, but i Eafin Ever met or. Beecher Sinco the pm Kilt Miil a of Ibe Bacon letter. I had a Ronve Mallen web Beecher in Moulton a Library in april 1874, about the Bacon charges in which i was called a Knave and a dog. I told Beecher he must reply to these Cui Gfa. He made no reply to this whatever. Or. Shearman was there present and made an apology for having insulted mrs. Tilton in Public. When it lecher left Shearman remained behind. Beecher was summoned by Telegraph to Moulton a House. This was the last inter View i bad with Beecher to the Best of my recollection. A letter was produced. Thi was written by me and sent to Beach a Nlay 2, 1874. The letter was read at l placed a evidence. It related to Bis to accept a a turn of Mouy a a Hgt in Beecher to or coed with i family to Europe Aud a Matu there for r umber of years. A letter daled May 4, 1873, was also read by sex judge Fullerton addressed to the Rev. Henry Ward in Char or. Halliday and or. into mag them of a state neut made by or. Bacon alter the adjournment of the Church Council and asking that he Tilton should be summoned bet re the examining Contr Queeto answer the charges of slandering the pastor. Tilton s okeh a to re Tykp. It Brooklyn May 4. To i be Rev. Henry Ward Besnier. Pastor of Kara out cd ural. To a Rev. A. B. Hui Liday a Iii Tant pastor and or. Tbod. U. Brarman clerk gentlemen i add Rasa through Yon to the Church of which Yon Areo Licera the Tol lowing statement which you Are at Liberty to communicate to the Church through Eon Venill. It in any other Node private or Public tit Rev. Leonard Bacon d. D., la. D., tar Csc Rator of the recent congregations Council Baa men fit a Luce the that Nody to proclaim publish and run rate wit i signal emphasis and with the weight of something like official Sut Bonty a grave declaration which i Here quote a namely a it was Lor Plymouth Chorea a Heel is a to vindicate it pastor Agato to a damaging imputation from one of its member. With great alacrity the pastor himself con wiling it throw away the Opportunity of vindication. That set a be continued a Diu which i month Church threw away the Opportunity of vol data ing its pay tar we Van Gava occasion for the remonstrance Srorn the neighbouring a there Areman a be Saya a also not Only in Brooklyn let us elsewhere who Ell that the Church nod not fairly met Tho question nod by evading the Issac had thrown away the Opportunity of vindicating its the Moderator s declaration is thus a tide three limes Over the Plymouth Church in dealing with my Osse threw away its Opportunity of vindicating its pastor Thia Deel Araion a it emphatically repeated by the chief mouthpiece of the counsel and put Forth by King apparently a an exposition of the counsel s views compels me a the third Patty to the Oon Treverey to Boom Between two alternative one of these is to remain in the dishonourable position of a Man who Denis to his former pastor in Opportunity for vindication of that pastor a character an offence the More heinous because an unsullied a a bar note r and reputation Are requisites to his sacred office. The other alters a Len is fir too to restore to Hia Church their lost Opportunity for his vindication by a resent big myself voluntarily for the same trial to which the Church would have the Power to summon me if 1 were a in umber a Fri gee Tion which Jud Giok Lycra my past experience will nub ret is at nah to Itma unjust imputation of revising a scandal Lor the suppression of Whlor i made Morei sacrifices Tea amp Nall the other persons. Between the e two Alt natives which Sre Sil Bat the Moderator leaves to me and which Are both equally repugnant to my feelings duty requires to choose the second. 1 therefore give you notion that if the pastor or the exam Kritik committee or the Church As a body wishes to repossess the Opportunity which the Moderator laments that you Bave thrown away i hereby restore to you this 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 wet bin thirty Days to appear at the bar of Plymouth Church tor trial on the charge by made against me Viz that of circulating and promoting a and al a derogatory to the Christian integrity of the pastor Anil injurious to the reputation of the Ehu Roh. My Only stipulation concerning the trial is that it shall not be held with closed doors nor in the absence of the pastor. I regret. That the Moderator Haa imposed on is to necessity tor making this communication for nothing but necessity would extort it. The practical Good which i seek to achieve by this proposition is that whether accepted or declined it will in either canc effectually put an end to the or e grave charge that Plymouth a Church has been deprived through me of an Opportunity to vindicate it Paster or that it pastor har been by any act a tel Pink. Down of. Of an opt a Ort univ to Indica himself. Truly your ti7odore Tilton. The wit near continued in the Fly part of july 1873, 1 first heard of thi appointment or a committee to wait upon me with regard to the scandal. Fullerton Here read the . Calling for an invest ligation of to charge by the Church committee. The witness resumed i first saw the letter calling for a committee on the night before it waa null bed in the hands of mrs. Cleveland. My wife was then with me. But she left the Bouse after the publication of this letter i think on the morning of july 11. Be did net leave against my will. Be bad a will of her own and acted upon it. At the same time 1 did not rce Traio her. There were three or four report spree de for the of Manittee and i pc Palfi two of them. To preparation of the abort report happened a follows mrs. Tilton informed the on the 8th of july that she had been Down Lief re 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 Wilenia to question what was told him by his wife As to what occurred before the committee. Or. Eva tit objected to the question and the objection was sustained by the court. The witness then continued i 9� not remember that the a Partite agreement waa Ever the subject Between Beecher and 2. Dash a Turner was a girl who came to nor hone under the name of Lizzie Mcdermott a boat 15 Veen ago. She Ute to my House through the Means of an old sunday school teacher either of mine or of mrs. Tilton. I do not know whether she Raidt a continually in the House until after my return from the West in 1667. Or. Tilton and or. Moulton made arrange cents for sending her to school some time in january 1871. Or. Beecher from the first to the la Anever denied his criminal Intercourse with mrm. Tilton. 3vbenever he spoke of he Law a said she was not the person to blame. Bessie Turners age i think was about 16 or 16 when she left us in 1871. There is not a word of truth in the statement that i carried her fro in her bed to mine. No improper conduct was Ever exhibited by my toward bar. The wit need showed s paper and said i think i snowed thi report and another to Gen. Tracy. I Pat both of them in the bands of mrs. Moulton. I prepared this one at the Suggett ton of Gen Tracy. At the time i prepared this report i Beard mrs. Tilton had b in before the committee and Len. Tracy told me of the evidence Given before then. Go. A race told to i had nothing to fear from mrs. Tilton s test1m it it that when be appeared before la 00mlattice she denied everything or that there waa any foundation for it and Gen. Tavey while making this narration wept us told me if i a operated in this it would by a a Etc cd to. I told him to explain the method of procedure the Commilee. He said tha Bev would summon whom they plead and his Bat i a a Lor mat Ion they pleased and in it the committee would

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