Congregational Missionary Amos Starr Cooke
in Hawaii, November 1, 1842, from a letter
addressed to Deacon Silas Hervey Mead of
North Greenwich Congregational Church.
|An early 19th century watercolor of the Second Congregational Church by Mary Mason (1808-1833) |
Image credit: Greenwich Historical Society.
Beecher assailed unbelievers, alcoholism, slave holders, Unitarians and Catholics, too. He ardently justified Calvinist tenets. He held that believers under God's absolute control who repented their sins could do so on their own free will and deemed it their responsibility to do so immediately. Of slavery he said,"Were it in my power to put an end to slavery I would do it; but it is not. I can only pursue the measures best calculated, in my judgment, to get the slaves out of bondage in the shortest time, and the best manner...is to make emancipation easy instead of difficult." (4)
|The Brush Lockwood House, 1795, residence of Abolitionist and Orator Shubal Brush, Greenwich, Connecticut.|
|This is a photocopy of an original manuscript excerpt (reduced size) from|
and address delivered by Shubal Brush in a debate on slavery, circa 1850-60.
(Brush Family Papers, The Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich)
|Gravestone of Shubal Brush, Stanwich Congregational Church Cemetery.|
Another Greenwich citizen active in the Abolitionist cause was Deacon Silas Hervey Mead. Born in 1796, he was one of the founders of the North Greenwich Congregational Church in 1827. "In the prime of his life he went far and near to hold meetings, that sinners might be saved,” declared his obituary in 1878. "In anti-slavery times he was a radical on the question of human rights as on that of alcoholic drinks, and all in these parts who knew an Abolitonist knew Silas H. Mead.” (6) Deacon Mead's enthusiasm was illustrated by his gift of the land where the church still meets today.
|Amos Starr Cooke, circa 1859, Honolulu.|
Cooke wrote to Deacon Mead in January, 1840 observing that "...we are all Abolitionists, and as fond of being free as you & others are of having the Southern slaves set at liberty. O! Liberty, thou art dear to the missionary & to the Christian..." (7)
|Silas Hervey Mead's gravestone, North Greenwich Cemetery.|
|Josiah Wilcox House, Riversville Road Greenwich, Connecticut. Image captured Nov. 15, 2014.|
Josiah Wilcox and his family are said to have harbored fugitives in their home off Riversville Road, as did others in northern Greenwich.
She remarks that,
FOOTNOTES (1995 Print Edition)
1 Records of the General Association of Ye Colony of Connecticut. Case, Lockwood & Brainerd Company, 1888, page 126.
11 Mrs. Child. An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans, 1833. page 214.