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In to-day's " Press " appears a long letter signed " Geo T. Sullivan " In reply to trie questions whloh have for some days put been raised with reference to his bona Jules la tfce columns of that paper. The writer says .' — " Personally lam opposed to adopting tills aourse, and ft is only upon tbe earnest solicitations of some of my best friends thai I take any notice whatever of the aspersions oast upon me. I fesl deeply wounded »t the manner m which I bave been treated by tbe Press, and the way In which supposed filendly interviews have been twisted into such an unataclf w»y, evidently with the view of doing God's work au Injury. I »m comforted, ho*ev?r y with the iexf, 1 Marval not if the Willed hato you. It bated Me before it hated y63.' " Mr Sullivan relates the facts of his acijntintaooe with Dion Bouolcault, Whistler (<be wrestler) and other public characters, ?nd tells of Mr Charles Santley's introducing flilm to a leading teacher of singing m jߣlkn, where he was for six months. .Afterwards he was singer and actor !n <an American travelling trnnpe, m which Jm ttlso took, part In boxing and wrestling •exhlbltfona He proceeds "About this time I a>?ed • Hf^ under very trying «ircnm«tanaos, when I wig published as the hero ef ttio day. Thousands of my photographs h»va teen from time to time aold In America, and a soulptor took a bust of me. And I Interred, or rather Intended to impress tbe reporter who Interviewed me at the Baptist Oharob with -the fact that it was the position that Mr George had m photos taken m Chrlsttihureh, for anyone with any ordinary judgment ooald tell that both photographs were taken at tha some time by Mr George. And, moreover, I had two meetings waiting ou me, the gentlemen of the Com * mlttee cf the Primitive Methodist fihurch were In one room and Inquirers m another, •nd several individuals standing and requesting short interviews, thtt my conversation at tbe time waa almost momentary. With regard to the expression '•' God •tn^e me dead," I have no reool'.ccttoa of ostng floch words, but I muat say at times during & 1P rnpoitit'a interview at tbe T.M.C.4. forms 1 was trying to onppreeo the natural muti/ H»d I not the grace of Hoi to anatatn ua, ityf would not have been m my presence very long* • . . fnth rtgard to my fimlly riliHoaibfp,

rc e think limab^cMierof Snlllvsnwho was implicated with the murder of Dr Gror.ia m Oh) on go, md many won't acoept my word. I will tell my follow brethren and sisters my private affairs, bnt not to the community at large, to satisfy my enemies. My brother dls owned me Id New Jfork, under olronmatnr.cea tbet I need no hern mention, and If he were horo now, and dlnowned me, it would not matter to me. The following words appeared when I firat arrived, aud whloh words appeared In the " Press " — Hr, however, does not wl*h to trade on anyone else's name, or identify himself with anyone. Ho atsted emphatically he was standing on his own ground, and with God's help I will never give m." Mr Sullivan writes that before this controversy began be thought of going to his adopted^ country, but will now remain here a little longer ; ane declares that the money he receives Is spent m "The Lord's cause," nnd that a friend a iellowlaborer will give him a thousand pounds if he wants it.

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MR G. T. SDLLIVAN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2218, 5 September 1889

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MR G. T. SDLLIVAN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2218, 5 September 1889