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tude which renders him easily a peer with the highest. To us he has
the peculiar charm that, while almost all scholars of our day owe large
obligation to foreign birth or study inuniversities abroad, Dr. Shedd was
purely an American product. ln this respect he deserves to be named
alongside Jonathan Edwards.
Dr. Shedd visited Europe in 1867 for a tour of five months. lt was
his only experience of the old world. He had then been reading and
reflecting so long that the things he was to see were distinctly dehned in
his imagination. Beholding cities, castles, cathedrals, paintings, statues
and antiquities, was but verifying his preconceptions. What with his
indisposition to public throngs or displays, the severity of his tastes, his
fondness for domestic quiet and home, and his passion for books, Europe
seen at the age of forty-seven could not modify him or divert the current
of his thoughts. He was thoroughly American. He drew his blood
from that pure stream of Elizabethan Puritans who founded New Eng-
land in the 17th century. He delineated his ideal in the essay on " The
Puritan Character." He was bred in the simple habits of the forest-girt
country 5 his intellectual training was acquired in a college far from the
glare of the city 5 and he went to the end of his career Qto use another of
his expressionsb " without changing or deranging the ground-work."
Formed by the plain and austere discipline of the olden time, he was
developed and expanded to his measure, we think, by that opportune
professorship of English in his alma mater. Writing of English Studies
in 1856, he lets fall sentences in which we may discern a prediction of
which his own achievements were a fulfilment 5-" They induce a calm,
grave, sincere, profound, exhaustive and commanding manner of mind " g
"That must be an extremely intense and determined individuality that
can keep itself out of the great main current and tendency of the age in
which it lives, and, in strong contrast, exhibit a style of thinking purely
We sat at the funeral, a dull autumnal afternoon, in the stately Church
on the Avenue, where, thirty years before, we had first looked upon his
thoughtful face and heard his mellow voice. We followed the becoming
services, conducted by distinguished men of other colleges and attended
by the well-known theological scholars of the metropolis. Notwith-
standing the eminent Htness and spiritual comfort of the service, our
heart could not but brood over the reflection that the great scholar de-
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History of Christian Doctrine. Now reappears his preference for the
ancients over the men of the hour, still more Hrmly grounded on the
" conviction that there were some minds in the former ages of Chris-
tianity who were called by Providence to do a work that will never be
outgrown and left behind by the Christian Churchf' He goes to
Athanasius for theology proper, to Augustine for anthropology, and to
Anselm 'for soteriology. To a mind like that of Dr. Shedd there must
have been deep congeniality in the learned Alexandrian so often exiled in
the West, in the Latin rhetorician converted and raised to be Bishop of
Hippo, and in the Abbot of Bec exalted to the archbishopric of Canter-
bury. lt would be difhcult to name three souls in the Christian era to
whom he would be more likely to fasten through aflinity than Athanasius
ponderingthe problem of the Trinity, Augustine sounding the dark depths
of Sin, and Anselm answering the question, " Cur Deus Homo ? " Dr.
Shedd lectured on Systematic Theology from 1874 till 1890, and put
forth as his Magnum Opus the volumes hearing the title, " Dogmatic
Theology? He became Professor emeritus and spent his last years in
studious retirement revising his latest works. A volume of "Theological
Essayst' had appeared in 18775 " Literary Essays " in 1878 5 "Sermons
to the Spiritual Man " in 1884, and a treatise on " Eternal Punishment "
in 1886. It is noticeable that when a 10th edition of his " Homiletics "
was called for in 1891, he t' seized the opportunity to add an appendix
in order to illustrate the rhetorical theory which pervades the work,
namely, that eloquence in its essential nature is ethical, not aesthetic," re-
curring to the thought that inspired the outset of his career. A third
volume supplementary to the " Dogmatic Theology 4' went to the press
shortly before his death. He died at his home in New York city, Nov.
It is not necessary to coincide with Dr. Shedd in all regards in order to
admire his splendid attainrnents and masterly ability. "These are my
views," he would say, and there was an end of urging. But there was
in him a certain quality to fertilize other minds, a voice to awake
slumbering intellect, through calm lectures or through printed books, a
certain vision and expression which went to the degree of mental fasci-
nation or magnetism. He had limits in one direction and another. He
himself recognized the fact that non omnia posszmzzifs omizes. But in his
own way he rose alongside his comrades in learning and attained an alti-
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parted had been the intellectual child and product of our University of
Vermont, that the kindling of his mind, the shaping ot his character
and the direction of his aims, had been due to the heroic faculty that taught
in Burlington sixty years ago. Affecting and grateful indeed is his
recognition of it in the bequest of his treasured books to the college
library. Nlay they keep his memory green! Nlay they insure the old
spirit within the newly rising Walls l Nlay they exert a charm upon the
youth of the broad Champlain valley l From the dales and glens of the
Adirondacks, from the hill-side farms and nestling villages of the Green
Mountains, from the islands ot the Lake, and from the Canadian border
may there come forth hosts of well-born youth to follow his lead in the
paths of sturdy and independent American scholarship.
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