The Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Its Design and Another Decade of Its History. with a Sketch of the Life and Public Services of Charles Butler, Ll.D

The Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Its Design and Another Decade of Its History. with a Sketch of the Life and Public Services of Charles Butler, Ll.D

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The Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Its Design and Another Decade of Its History. with a Sketch of the Life and Public Services of Charles Butler, Ll.D

The Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Its Design and Another Decade of Its History. with a Sketch of the Life and Public Services of Charles Butler, Ll.D

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This volume, although prepared at the request of the Board of Directors of the Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, is published on my own responsibility alone. The subject was full of difficulty; and if the work is marred by mistakes and errors of judgment, or should seem to some readers too severe in its tone, the fault is mine, not that of the board. And yet from first to last I have tried to write without any unseemly passion and without prejudice. The book has cost me not a little hard work, as well as trouble of mind; it is anything but pleasant to criticise the unwise zeal, misunderstandings and wrong conduct of good men; and had not a foresight of the closing chapters of the volume relieved the pain of writing those that went before, I should have been tempted to abandon my task midway, as utterly distasteful if not hopeless. For much of the best material relating to the history, I am indebted to my dear friend, Dr. Hastings. It was found in eight, large volumes of newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and letters bearing on the subject, which, with a sort of prophetic instinct, he had collected and carefully arranged during the long conflict between Union Seminary and the General Assembly. Without the help thus given me, joined to the constant aid and comfort of his wise . . .

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