had been converted in the revivals of that period, and were filled with the revival spirit in which Dr. Beecher
so much delighted.
A more earnest and devoted band of students was probably never gathered in any theological seminary.
had great pride as well as confidence in them.”
The students in this Seminary at Cincinnati
were planning to form a Colonization Society, and Garrison
's pamphlet being in the air, its arguments were being used to oppose the plan.
The students therefore organized a nine days solemn debate upon the whole matter, with the result that Garrison
and Immediate Emancipation carried the day. In the meantime the country at large took an interest in the affair, and the press assailed the Seminary
as a hotbed of Abolition.
Dr. Lyman Beecher
and the trustees were harried and threatened.
The hearts of the Abolitionists were stirred to the depths.
“In every part of the free States,” says Oliver Johnson
, “there were Christian men and godly women not a few, who prayed to God night and day that Lyman Beecher
might be imbued with strength and courage to stand up nobly in the face of the storm that raged around him, and maintain the ”