American Scenes, and Christian Slavery eBook

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No charge is made for tuition.  Rooms are fully furnished and rented at 5 dollars a year from each student.  The incidental expenses, including fuel and light for public rooms, ringing the bell, and sweeping, are 5 dollars more.  The room-rent and incidental bill are paid in advance.  For the aid of indigent students funds are collected annually, by means of which board is furnished to such gratuitously.  To those who receive no assistance from the funds, the price of board is about 90 cents a week.  The cost of fuel and lights for each student, in his own room, will average from 8 to 12 dollars a year.  Thus the entire expense to a young man for a whole term of nine months is only from 50 to 60 dollars, or from 10 to 12 guineas of our money.

“The results of these thirteen years of labour,” say the trustees in a document recently issued, “considering the difficulties attending the establishment of such an institution in a new country, amid a population as yet unassimilated in feelings and habits, and whose schools, academies, and colleges are of comparatively recent origin, are indeed highly encouraging.  The friends of the institution, and of religion and learning generally, thankful for what has already been accomplished, will feel encouraged to do whatever may be necessary for the highest efficiency of the seminary; and will give their prayers that the labours of the 300 young men, who have enjoyed or now enjoy its advantages,” (there being about 50 then in the house,) “may be abundantly blessed by the Head of the Church.”

Lane Seminary is a valuable and catholic institution.  At their entrance, the students have to subscribe to no confession of faith; and, when they have completed their curriculum, they are at perfect liberty to exercise their ministry among whatever denomination they please.  Congregational as well as Presbyterial Churches obtain pastors from this “school of the prophets.”

The “Faculty” at present consists of the Rev. Lyman Beecher, D.D., President, and Professor of Theology; the Rev. Calvin E. Stowe, D.D., Professor of Biblical Literature, and Lecturer on Church History; and the Rev. D. Howe Allen, Professor of Sacred Rhetoric and Pastoral Theology, and Lecturer on Church Polity.

Nothing struck me more than the feeling of equality that seemed to subsist between students and professors.  The latter, in speaking to or of any of the former, would generally say “Brother” So-and-so.  The students also, in their bearing towards the professors, seemed each to say, “I am as good a man as you are.”  This is the genius of America.  You meet it everywhere.  There man is man (except his skin be black), and he expects to be treated as such.  Respect to superiors is not among the maxims of our Transatlantic brethren.  The organ of veneration is, perhaps, imperfectly developed.


A Sabbath at Cincinnati—­The Second Presbyterian Church—­Mutilation of a Popular Hymn—­The Rushing Habit—­A wrong “Guess”—­A German Sunday-School—­Visit to a Church of Coloured People—­Engagement at the Welsh “Church”—­Monthly Concert—­The Medical College of Ohio—­Tea at the House of a Coloured Minister.

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