HISTORY OF CANAAN296
The following is from a letter written by the Rev. Amos Foster, the first pastor of the Congregational Church, before Mr. Fuller:The most I can say is to express my astonishment that a class of men should be found so reckless, so regardless of law and human rights, and so devoid of moral principles, as to engage in such an undertaking. As the account shall hereafter be read on the page of history, it will fix a most unfavorable impression on the mind respecting the character of those most prominent in the undertaking. One of the principal men engaged in the matter was a member of the church. He was excommunicated. On his return to Canaan he was, I learnt, restored to his standing in the church, after making some partial retractions and confession. But my impression Is that he really maintained his former opinions and did not in fact regret the course he had taken. I was absent from Canaan while these unpleasant scenes were transpiring, and of course could not be advised of the facts on both sides of the question, as if I had been in the place. But from some things I heard, I judge that some friends of -the school were rather indiscreet and pursued a course which provoked the indignation of those on the other side. I refer to the partiality showed to the colored students and the positions given them at the social gatherings. Certainly they should have been treated kindly, but whether it was wise to invite them or any of the Academy students to their social parties is, at least, doubtful. But I do not say that by way of apology for those engaged in the crime of removing the Academy. That terrible act yet dwells in the memory of many now living, and the records of it will be read by hundreds who will have a being in future years, and who, we may ask, will there be to justify so outrageous an act? The moral sentiments of the people will be so changed, I may say, so corrected, and the colored race will be brought to sustain such a position among their fellow beings, that the matter of wonder will be that there could once have been a class of People in the world, as should commit such a crime as breaking up an institution for the education of youth, both black and white. Since the outrage in Canaan, we can see the wonderful change that has taken place in the moral and political condition of the colored race.