On March 25, 1783, a meeting of ten Episcopal clergy in Woodbury, Connecticut, elected Seabury bishop. There were no Anglican bishops in the Americas to consecrate him, so he sailed to London on July 7. In England, however, his consecration was rationalized as impossible because, as an American citizen, he could no longer take the oath of allegiance to the English King. Seabury then turned to the Scottish Church, whose bishops at that time refused to recognize the authority of King George III. He was consecrated in Aberdeen on November 14, 1784, with the one condition that in the matter of the Holy Communion he study the Scottish Rite, taken largely unchanged from the 1549 Prayer Book and work for its adoption rather than the English rite of 1662. To the present day the American liturgy adheres to the main features of this Rite in its Holy Eucharist Liturgies, widely regarded as one of the greatest treasures of the Church in this country.