which is through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I desire that these prayers be used on the occasion above referred to, and so long as shall seem proper and expedient to you, and in that part of the service which the rubric and canons direct.
If I have been correctly informed, the ordinance of secession passed by the legislature has been ratified and confirmed by the vote of the people.
Hence, I suggest to my reverend brethren of the clergy — for I have no authority to order or direct the change — that in the prayer for the President of the United States, etc., and in the prayer for Congress, also, the words United States be omitted, and the words Confederate States substituted in both places.
Commending you, dear brethren, and your flocks, to the grace and protection of our Heavenly Father, and praying that he will restore to us the blessing of peace, I remain your faithful friend and affectionate pastor, Jas. H. Otey, Bishop. July 26, 1861.
--Memphis Appeal, July 31