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Letter : New York, 1834 Oct. 30.
1 item; 25 cm.
Collection number: MS 0036

Morgan, John A., fl. 1830-1835; theologian. Professor at Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio until he was dismissed in 1834 for siding with students in a debate over the Seminary's position on slavery. Letter is to students remaining at the Seminary offering advice and asking them to pay his debts and dispose of his belongings.Holograph letter and photocopy.

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Biographical Note

A faculty member at Lane Theological Seminary, John A. Morgan was dismissed on October 4, 1834 for his support of the student "rebels" involved with the abolitionist revolt. This revolt was led by Theodore Dwight Weld. Morgan went on to teach at Oberlin College, where many former students from Lane followed him.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

His letter, titled "Lane rebellion", was written after his dismissal and offers advice to the students remaining at the Seminary. He also gives directions on the paying of his debts and disposal of his belongings. His letter mentions Lyman Beecher, then president of Lane Theological Seminary. The letter is written to Huntington Lyman, Theodore Weld, Henry B. Stanton, L. Wells, Edward Weed, A. A. Stone (probably abolitionist Asa Stone) and Andrew Benton.

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The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Beecher, Lyman, 1775-1863.
  • Morgan, John A.
  • Abolitionists - United States - Correspondence.
  • Lane Theological Seminary.

  • Benton, Andrew.
  • Lyman, Huntington, 1803-1900.
  • Stone, Asa A., 1810-1835.
  • Weed, Edward, 1801-1851.
  • Weld, Theodore Dwight, 1803-1895.

Genre terms
  • Letters.

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