Baptist Education Society






54th Meeting

Report of the Board

Treasurer Report

The Alumni Association

Necrology for 1870-1

Madison University

Hamilton Theological Seminary

Courses of Study

General Remarks








FIRST TERM.-English Grammar. Robinson's Higher Arithmetic. Harkness' Latin Grammar.

SECOND TERM.-English Grammar and Analysis, Hanson's Latin Prose Book. Caesar. Hadley's Greek Grammar. Boise's Lessons.

THIRD TERM.-Hanson's Latin Prose Book. Caesar. Hadley's Greek Grammar. Boise's Lessons. Algebra-Davies.


FIRST TERM -Composition and Rhetoric-Hart. Cicero's Orations-Hanson. Xenophon's Anabasis-Boise.

SECOND TERM.-Algebra-Davies. Virgil's Aeneid-Hanson and Rolfe. An abasis-Boise.

THIRD TERM.-Algebra-Davies. Virgil-Hanson and Rolfe. Anabasis-Boise. Plane Geometry-Davies' Legendre.




FIRST TERM.-Mathematics-Plane Geometry-Davies' Legendre. Latin-Livy-Lincoln. Latin Prose Composition. Greek-Homer's Iliad-Owen. Greek Testament Weekly. Hadley's Grammar. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

SECOND TERM.-Mathematics-Solid and Spherical Geometry. Davies' Legendre. Latin-Livy-Lincoln. Roman Antiquities. Homer's Iliad-Owen. Greek Testament Weekly. Greek Antiquities. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

THIRD TERM.-Mathematics. Plane and Spherical Trigonometry-Davies' Legendre. Latin-Odes of Horace. Greek-Xenophon's Memorabilia-Robbins. Greek Testament Weekly. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.


FIRST TERM.-French-Grammar and Exercises-Knapp. Chemistry. Rhetoric--Coppee. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

SECOND TERM.-Selections from Greek Historians-Felton. Greek Prose Composition. Physical Geography. German-Worman's Grammar. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

THIRD TERM.-Greek Orators -Demosthenes on the Crown-Champlin. Latin-Tacitus' Histories-Tyler. Analytical Geometry and Surveying-Davies. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.


FIRST TERM.-Latin--Satires and Epistles of Horace. Roman Literature Greek-Select Tragedies. Greek Literature. Logic--Thompson's Outlines o Thought. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

SECOND TERM.-Greek-Plato. Greek Philosophy. Latin-Cicero's Philosophical Works. Mechanical Philosophy-Olmsted. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.

THIRD TERM-Geology and Zoology. Kames' Elements of Criticism. Mechanical Philosophy completed. Rhetorical Exercises Weekly.


FIRST TERM.-Intellectual Philosophy. Porter's Human Intellect. Lectures and Essays. Civil History-Weber. Hebrew. German. Chapel Orations.

SECOND TERM.-Moral Philosophy- Wayland. Astronomy-Loomis. History of Literature-Schlegel. Chapel Orations.

THIRD TERM-Astronomy. Physiology. Hebrew. Evidences of Christianity-Dodge. Chapel Orations.


Students who pursue this Course, attend Lectures and recite with the Classes in the Fall Course.

The FIRST YEAR and the SECOND YEAR, are the same as the Grammar School Course.


Third Year.

I. Rhetoric. Geometry. Chemistry. English Composition and Declamation.

II. Geometry. German. Physical Geography. English Composition and Declamation.

III. Plane and Spherical Trigonometry and Mensuration. Surveying and Conic Sections. Kames' Elements. Elements of Reading and Oratory. English Composition and Declamation.

Fourth Year.

I. Logic. Hebrew. Intellectual Philosophy. German.

II. Astronomy. Moral Philosophy. Mechanical Philosophy.

III. Astronomy. Mechanical Philosophy. Evidences of Christianity. Declamations and Chapel Orations required throughout the year.

Students of the Third Year rank with the Freshmen, and those of the Fourth Year rank with the Juniors.



First Year. 


RECITATIONS.-Fairbairn's Hermeneutical Manual. Kurtz's Sacred History, with special investigation of Biblical Antiquities and Geography. Introduction to the books of the Old and New Testaments.

LECTURES.-The Canon of Scripture. Biblical Criticism. Biblical Hermeneutics.

Weekly Essays and Exegesis by the Class.


RECITATIONS.-Critical Translations and Exegesis of select portions of Genesis, the Psalms and the Prophets.

LECTURES.-Hebrew Poetry. Typology. Character of Prophecy and Prophetic Language. Hebrew Manuscripts.


RECITATIONS -Critical Translations and Exegesis of select portions of the Gospels, of the Epistle to the Romans, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.

LECTURES.-The Harmony of the Gospels. -Manuscripts and Early Editions of the New Testament.

Christian Theology.

Introduction to Theology. A Weekly Exercise.


Ecclesiastical History.

1.-Preparation of the World for Christianity. The Life of Christ. The Apostolic Age. Philosophical Systems opposed to Christianity. Historical Development of the Church in its form, Ministry and Ordinances.

2.-THE PATRISTIC PERIOD.-History of Doctrines-Pattristic Theology. Heresies in the Early Church. Development of the Hierarchy.

3.-THE MIDDLE AGES.-Early British Christianity. Albilgenses, Waldenses, and other religious bodies out of the pale of the Roman Church. History of Doctrines. Scholastic and Mystic Theology.


Ecclesiastical History.

I.-THE REFORMATION AND SUBSEQUENT PERIOD.-History of Doctrine. Development of the Catholic, the Lutheran and the Reformed Theology Defects of the Reformation. Dissenting Bodies. Struggle and Progress of a purer Reformation.

2.-CHRISTIANITY IN THE PRESENT AGE.-Lectures. Doctrines and Church Polity of the different Religious Bodies in Christendom. Missionary movements of the Age. Revivals, in their history, character and tendency.

Christian Theology.

General Definitions; The Sources, Objects, Relations, Methods, and Literature of Systematic Theology.

The Evidences of Christianity, The Authority and Inspiration of the Scriptures. Our Idea of God; the Proofs of his Existence; His Essential Being; His Triune Nature; His Attributes; His Relation to the World; His Purposes; His Government and Providence.

The Creation of Man; His Natural State and his Position: His Apostasy and its Consequence. The Person of Christ. The Union of the two 'Natures; The

Significance of His Life, of His Death and of his Resurrection. The continuance of His Work on Earth and in Heaven.

The Personality of the Spirit; His Work; The Trinity- of Revelation.

The Resurrection of the Dead; the Judgment of the Race; the State of the Righteous and the State of the Wicked.

The Idea of Christian Ethics; the History of Ethical Philosophy; the Systematic Treatment of Christian Morals.

These Lectures are accompanied with daily discussions and answers to questions previously proposed by the Teacher. The class is also required to frequently review the course, and to present Weekly Essays on points connected with Theology.

Pastoral Theology.

1. The Kingdom of Christ. The Constitution of a Christian Church-its Form, Membership, Ministry, Discipline. The Christian Ordinances- Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

2. Pastoral Duties-Qualifications for the Ministry-Preaching-Public Prayer-Administration of Ordinances-Social Religious Meetings-Pastoral Visitation-Personal Spirit and Life.


NOTE.-One exercise each week is devoted to the delivery of a Sermon by one of the class, on some topic connected with the course, with free remarks thereon by other members of the class, and by the Professor. In addition to the above, Essays on Doctrinal Points, and written answers to questions proposed by the Professor, are interspersed through the course.


OTHER EXERCISES. Elocution for all the College Classes. 2. Exercises in English Composition, for the Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. 3. Original Orations from the Seniors, before the Faculty and the Students. 4. Essays and Oral Reports on themes connected with the daily recitations. 5. Exercises weekly in Sacred Music for all the classes. 6. Separate Exercises for the two Academic classes in Elocution and Composition. 7. Meeting of the Adelphian, Aeonian and Theological Societies, and of the Athenaeum Society, (Academic) in their own Halls weekly, for Exercises in Essays, Criticisms, Orations and Debates. 8. One public meeting at each session, of the Aeonians, and one of the Adelplians, for Original Papers, Poems and Orations. 9. The Lewis Prize Exhibition of the Senior Class, for excellence in Oratorical Delivery, at the close of the second term. 10. Lectures to classes in various departments. 11. Examination of classes.

BUILDINGS.-Are all of stone, substantially built. 1. The WESTERN EDIFICE, 100 feet by 60, four stories high, with Chapel Reading Room and Museum, three Recitation and 28 Study Rooms. 2. EASTERN EDIFICE, 100 feet by 56, four stories high, with two Society Halls, three Recitation Rooms, and 44 Study Rooms. 3. HALL of ALUMNI AND FRIENDS, containing Chapel, Library, and Recitation Rooms. 4. Boarding Hall and Professors' Houses.

LIBRARIES, &c.-University Library of  7521 vols.-Grammar School, 650,-the Missionary, 800-the Aeonian, 960-the Adelphian, 800-total, 10,671, well selected and in good order. The Reading Room has Dailies, Weeklies, Monthlies, or Quarterlies, from nearly every State in the Union. The Museum embraces many curiosities sent by Missionaries from Greece, Burmah, China, Hindostan, Siam and Mexico. The Philosophical and Chemical apparatus has been recently enlarged.

ADMISSION.-Applicants for admission to the Academic Course must sustain a thorough examination in Orthography, Modern Geography, English Grammar and Arithmetic. The studies of the Academic Course constitute the requisite for admission into the Freshman Class. Candidates for advanced classes are examined on the previous studies of the course. Every candidate must furnish evidence of a good moral character, and if from another College, a certificate of regular admission. To enter the Theological Seminary, the candidate must be licensed to preach by the Church to which he belongs.

SHORT COURSE.-Students whose age or other circumstances require in their judgment a shorter course, will generally find it greatly to their advantage to take the first two years in a regular Academic Course. This will furnish a better discipline than a mere English course. They can take a third year in the higher English branches, and a fourth in Theology.

DIPLOMAS.-Those who complete the College Course, and sustain examination on the studies of the same, are entitled to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.

Those who have been engaged in Literary Pursuits during the last three years, from the time of their College Graduation, and those who, having received their Degree, pursue the regular Theological Course in this Institution, and sustain examination on the studies of the same, upon application, are enti-


tled to the first Degree of Master of Arts. Those who complete the Scientific Course are entitled to the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy, and those who are dismissed from any part of the regular course are entitled to a certificate showing their standing and attainments.

No Degree, however, can be conferred, or certificate given, unless the applicant shall have sustained a good moral character, settled all College bills, and returned all Books to the Library.

The Fee for the Degree in Course, including Diploma, is Five Dollars each, payable in advance.

AID FOR THE NEEDY.-Forty Trevor Scholarships, ($40,000) for soldiers or their sons or brothers. Other Scholarships made by individuals or by churches, or by Educational Societies, for young men studying for the Ministry. On the former consult the Treasurer; on the latter, Rev. H. A. Smith, Cor. Secretary of the Baptist Education Society.

Tuition in the Theological Department, free. Room rent to all students for the Ministry, free. To students for the Ministry, whose circumstances demand it, appropriations for their benefit are made by the Education Society, sufficient to cover the entire cost of board and tuition, and in some cases beyond this. Appropriations made to students the present year range in amount from $25 to $300 for the year. Good board can be obtained at $3 per week.

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