Whilst recording, as in duty bound, these lapses of our clerical brethren, I do it with unfeigned sorrow and humiliation. But, at the same time, I cannot repress the grateful thought that the extreme views, which in all these cases, led those once sound in the faith to depart from the purity and catholicity of our standards, have no place, so far as I know, amongst us. My brethren of the clergy and laity, may you and I never be drawn aside from the faith and practice of the Prayer-book, which is but an epitome of the Bible, either by the seductive wiles of Romanism on the one hand, or the levelling, popularity-seeking of a diseased Protestantism on the other. Upon the safe and happy middle ground of Catholic truth may we ever be found, battling for God and his Church.
~ The Rt. Rev. William Mercer Green, first Episcopal bishop of Mississippi, in an address to the 24th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi on May 9, 1850
Source: Journal of the Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Mississippi, held at St. Andrew's Church, Jackson, May 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 1850