Dickinson College--The Faculty in 1847-Professor McClintock and the Slave-hunters--Student Life--My "Conversion"--Northern and Southern Methodism.
I WAS sent to college too soon. My elder brother had gone to Dickinson College at Carlisle, and so desired to have me with him that I was taken from the academy. I had barely turned fifteen when I became a Sophomore, and four months later was advanced to the Junior class. I was the youngest in these classes.
The college Faculty was not surpassed in ability by any in America. One chair indeed was inadequately filled--that of mathematics. Its professor ( Sudler) was learned, but had not the art of teaching. Although it was a Methodist college, best teachers had been secured without regard to doctrinal views, two of them, I believe, not being members of any church. One of these was William Allen, professor of chemistry, afterwards president of Girard College.*
Spencer F. Baird, afterwards chief of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, was never a Methodist, and his wife was a Unitarian. He was a professor of zoölogy.
The classical department was represented by Dr. John M'Clintock and Dr. George R. Crooks, afterwards of Drew Seminary, who were Broad-church Methodists and original thinkers.
The professor of mental and moral philosophy, and of English composition and rhetoric, was Caldwell, who might have been a great man had he not died early.
At the head of these brilliant men was Robert Emory, who____________________