Famed for a sexagenarian romance and for fearless unorthodox sermons, Percy Stickney Grant resigned his office. He had for 31 years been rector of the Church of the Ascension, near Greenwich Village, Manhattan, in the Bishopric of William T. Manning, Cathedral-builder.
Without public warning Dr. Grant wrote to his Vestry:
For some time before 1923 I had it in mind to retire from the Rectorship of Ascension Parish at the end of 30 years. I have allowed that period to run over another year, on account of the controversy at that time...