TEACHER AND WRITER
IN January, 1831, Doctor Beecher, in the height of his Boston ministry in point of popularity and influence, began a series of sermons on the Roman Catholic Church, in which he sounded the alarm as to the supposed designs of the Papacy on the liberties of our nation. At this time he was considering a call to become president of the newly established Lane Theological Seminary at Walnut Hills, near Cincinnati, Ohio. The leading motive in determining him to accept this appointment was the desire to hold the great West for Protestantism. He was thrilled by the greatness of the enterprise. His whole family sympathized with him, and entered heartily into his plans. They felt that he was called to a great mission in which they all had a share. Catherine immediately determined to establish a school in Cincinnati to raise up teachers for the West.
In a letter to Miss May, Harriet, who was at this time about twenty years old, writes minutely