21 Pamphlets Documenting the Aftermath of a Church Scandal [Onderdonk, Benjamin T. (1791-1861)]. Documents Touching the Trial of the Bishop of New York [Spine Title]. 22 titles. Various imprints, most New York, 1842-1848. Various paginations. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, raised bands, blind and gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, speckled edges, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, some scuffing to calf, front joint lightly worn and just starting at head, corners just bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge split causing board and spine to separate from text block, rear hinge secure. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in places, slight horizontal fold line to a few pamphlets, brief ms notes and underlining in pencil to one title (The Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1842). A searchable list of included works is available upon request. An impressive compilation. $950. * A sammelband of 21 pamphlets documenting a scandal involving The Rt. Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York from 1830-1861. (The last title, a catalogue of decorative church articles, is unrelated.) Onderdonk was accused of making improper advances towards several women. Onderdonk denied these allegations, claiming they were motivated by a conspiracy to remove him for his theological views. He was tried by the House of Bishops and the trial resulted in Onderdonk's suspension. The fallout from the Onderdonk scandal was extensive, dividing both clergy and laity. Our compilation volume documents the events in great detail, beginning with an account of the trial in the Bishop's Court and including many reports and commentaries on the aftermath. Several of the titles are scarce, particularly in law libraries. Most of these were published by religious booksellers serving the Episcopalian community, and several titles feature publisher's catalogues of up to 21 pages. The collection is notable for its breadth and scope, including copies of the constitution and rules of order for the Protestant Episcopal Church from Onderdonk's time as presiding bishop. Based on the presence of a catalogue of decorative church articles from a Lancashire vendor, the volume may have been compile.
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