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Prof. Mitchell, a Presbyterian, explains to Ravenscroft, an Episcopal bishop, the non-denominational principles that govern his teaching of religion.
I seize the first leisure moment I have had since the receipt of
yours to prepare a reply. That you may be the better able to judge respecting
the course it will be proper for you to pursue and also to prevent future
s I will furnish you with
a statement of the principles by which I have been governed during the seven
years that I have been connected with the
One considerable motive to induce me to leave
I was educated a
I have never known an
instance where a young man has forsaken the
My mathematical recitations have no bearing upon the subject of
religion It is found expedient that the young men should have a lesson on
sunday—if for no other purpose at least to keep them from profaning the
day by unholy diversions. In selecting more than six years ago a book to be
recited in the Junior class I had a particular reference to the fact that this
a state institution. The book made choice of was
by intention—at least—that it would be proper
for them to learn at home what views
As an evidence that I have not been more zealous for my own creed
than became a man who had any at all I may mention that
s it was at my more than once repeated
request that he wrote to
Eastburn—then about to receive ordination in the
Diocese of N. York—requesting him to become a
candidate for the vacant professorship.
The inference which I wish you to draw from the above statements is
that a man who has been thus just and liberal is not—unless the reasons
are very pressing—to be exhibited to the public in the character
of religious partizun which does not
belong to him—of a religious partizun.
The considerations which independantly of a regard to justice have
led to the adoption of the above line of conduct were—A desire to put it
into the power of any Father to commit his son to my care in the full
confidence that the principles of the parent would be respected—that no
obstacle might be interposed to prevent my getting the affections of the youth
and heading him along successfully in his studies; by the idea that
d John Ravenscroft th Febry 1825/
From time to time
Raleigh Register Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 4:282). From late January to late March 1825,
2. A graduate of
Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 4:282).
Natural Theology; or,
Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity (London: R.
5. In the rest of letter,