One of the most memorable of the occasions on which Bishop Simpson delivered a certain lecture was on November 3, 1864, in the Academy of Music in New York, just before the election when Lincoln defeated McClellan. At the close of his speech, laying hold of the shot-riddled flag of a local regiment, Simpson said, "The blood of our brave boys is upon it; the bullets of rebels have gone through and through it, yet it is the same old flag. Our fathers followed that flag. We expect that our children and our children's children will follow it. There is nothing on earth like that old flag for beauty. Long may these stars shine. Just now there are clouds upon it, and mists gathering around it. But the stars are coming out, and others are joining them, and they grow brighter and brighter; and so may they shine till the last star in the heavens shall fall."