At a meeting of the Irish Branch of the Evangelical Alliance, a protest against the treatment of Dr Long in Limerick was unanimously adopted. The committee expressed their disapproval of the actions of the resident magistrate, Mr Hickson, during the petty sessions court, where he dismissed a case against the Rev. Edward O’Leary for using inflammatory language against Dr Long. The magistrate denounces the actions of Dr Long, calling him “an avowed proselytizer,” and claims it is disgraceful that the whole city should be disturbed by his constant proselytizing. The committee also protests against the language used by Mr Wyndham, who stated in the House of Commons that Dr Long’s offering of free medical treatment with the intention of making converts is regrettable. The protest insists that Dr Long should have the freedom and protection of the law, as any British subject would, without discrimination for being part of a minority in a Roman Catholic population.
Belfast News-Letter – Tuesday 25 June 1901