This society, composed of the first twenty-five men in each class graduating from college, has annual meetings which have called forth the best efforts of many distinguished scholars and thinkers.
In 1832 he preached a sermon in which he announced certain views in regard to the communion service which were disapproved by a large part of his congregation.
He found it impossible to continue preaching, and, with the most friendly feelings on both sides, he parted from his congregation.
His talent seems to have been in giving new meaning to the old truths of religion.
One of his hearers has said: "In looking back on his preaching I find he has impressed truths to which I always assented in such a manner as to make them appear new, like a clearer revelation." Although his sermons were always couched in scriptural language, they were touched with the light of that genius which avoids the conventional and commonplace.