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The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 5, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 5, May, 1886 by Various

The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 5, Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 5, May, 1886 by Various



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New England Magazine
Old Series,Vol. IV. No. 5.New Series,Vol. I. No. 5.May, 1886.Copyright, 1886, by Bay State Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
BY SAMUEL HART, D.D., PROFESSOR OF LATIN.trinity college in 1869.The plan for the establishment of a second college in Connecticut was not carried into effect until after thetime of the political and religious revolution which secured the adoption of a State Constitution in 1818.Probably no such plan was seriously entertained till after the close of the war of Independence. The Episcopalchurch in Connecticut had, one may almost say, been born in the library of Yale College; and thoughEpiscopalians, with other dissenters from the “standing order,” had been excluded from taking[Pg 394] anypart in the government or the instruction of the institution, they did not forget how much they owed to it as theplace where so many of their clergy had received their education. In fact, when judged by the standards of thatday, it would appear that they had at first little cause to complain of illiberal treatment, while on the otherhand they did their best to assist the college in the important work which it had in hand. But Yale College,under the presidency of Dr. Clap, assumed a more decidedly theological character than before, and set itself New England Magazine1
decidedly in opposition to those who dissented from the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Saybrook Platform of Discipline. Besides, King’s College, which had been lately founded in New York, drew awaysome Episcopal students from Connecticut and made others dissatisfied; and had not the war with the mothercountry rudely put a stop to the[Pg 395] growth of Episcopacy in the colony, it would seem that steps mighthave been soon taken for the establishment of some institution of learning, at least a school of theology, underthe care of the clergy of the Church of England.trinity college in 1828.At any rate no sooner was it known that the war was ended than the churchmen of Connecticut sent the Rev.Dr. Seabury across the ocean to seek consecration as a bishop; and it was not long after his return that thediocese, now fully organized, set on foot a plan for the establishment of an institution of sound learning, andThe Project Gutenberg eBook of The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 5, May, 1886, by Various.TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD.2
in 1795 the Episcopal Academy of Connecticut was founded at Cheshire. It was sometimes called SeaburyCollege, and, under its learned principals, it fitted many young men for entrance upon their theologicalstudies, and gave them part at least of their professional training. But its charter, which was granted by theGeneral Assembly of the State in 1801, did not give it the power of conferring degrees, and the frequentpetitions for an extension of charter rights, so as to make of the academy a collegiate institution, were refused.For a time, owing to determined opposition in the State, to the vacancy in the episcopate, and to other causes,the project was postponed. But a combination of events, social, political, and religious, led at length to thegreat revolution in Connecticut, in which all dissenters from the standing order united in opposition to it, andsecured in 1818, though it was by a small[Pg 396] majority, the adoption of a State Constitution containing aclause which admitted of secession from any ecclesiastical society and secured perfect religious equalitybefore the law.The Project Gutenberg eBook of The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 5, May, 1886, by Various.TRINITY COLLEGE, HARTFORD.3

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