On women in church choirs wearing surplices:
'Aside from the grave impropriety of the matter, a growing evil we fear, in certain places—there arises the practical objection of the illegality of the practice, even in the eye of the civil law. Our opinion most decidedly is, that girls and women doing this would readily be liable to arrest and fine, before the civil magistrate; and any objector to this costume could easily so move, were he minded, and stir up the largest sort of an ecclesiastical rumpus. [...] Our judgment therefore would be, that females appearing in this acknowledged male attire in our public worship, are liable to arrest, and could be arrested. They might just as well, and just as lawfully, appear in pantaloons, cutaways and plug hats—parading on the public streets.' (October 1894)
Isaac Lea Nicholson (1844-1906), Bishop of Milwaukee, quoted by Anglicans Online
It's interesting to note that at St. Paul's, Richmond, a vested choir (presumably of men & women, as a mixed quartet had existed for years) appeared the following Easter.
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