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James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 21: editorial repartees. (search)
only perpetrated two new calumnies upon me of any consequence since Friday evening. Ephraim, said a grave divine, taking his text from one of the prophets, is a cake not turned. (Hosea, VII. 8.) Let us proceed, therefore, brethren, to turn Ephraim—first, inside out; next, back-side before; and, thirdly, 'tother end up. We are under the imperative necessity of performing on Samuel of this day a searching operation like unto that of the parson on Ephraim of old. That will suffice foEphraim of old. That will suffice for the vituperative. We proceed to those of another description: Provocation. A Sermon by Dr. Potts, denouncing the Tribune as agrarian, &c., reported in the Courier and Enquirer. Reply. It is quite probable that we have some readers among the pew-holders of a church so wealthy and fashionable as the Dr.'s, though few, we presume, among divines as well salaried as he is. We will only ask those of our patrons who may obey his command to read for their next Scripture lesson the xxv