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Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution
			
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have been constrained to ask, and have received a regular dis-

mission from the institution."

     The fact first stated is one of race if not of unprecedented oc-

currence.  The trustees of a Theological Seminary abolished a benevolent 

society, formed by theological students.  It is difficult to conceive 

of reasons [crossed out word "measures"] to justify such measures, especially, when the piety and 

talents of the young men are brought to view.  The faculty entertain 

no doubt of their piety.  After speaking of the misjudgment of the 

students they say: "We always have believed, and do still believe, 

that they have acted under the influence of piety and conscience."  

And they speak of their talents in terms no less favorable.  "We have said 

and we repeat, that we have never noticed more power of mind, or capacity 

of acquisition, or felicitous communication in popular elocution, in the 

same number of individuals; and we add, this attainments of the 

past year, as developed by daily intercourse, and by the closing 

examination, were honorable to them and satisfactory to us."

     From these statements it appears that the Society abolished, 

was formed and directed by pious, talented and industrious 

young men.  They had not permitted the attention of the Society 

to divert them from their appropriate studies.  It also appears

			
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John Rankin Papers

Review of the Statement of the Faculty of Lane Seminary in Relation to the Recent Difficulties in that Institution


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