Perhaps no one could have foretold it at the time, but the decision signaled the beginning of a radical change in Cambridge, where Unitarianism would eventually dominate and conservative Calvinist Congregationalists like Pearson would be shown the door. Certainly no one could have foreseen that Pearson would leave Harvard in a royal huff, return to Andover, and from there plot his revenge.
“The pleasure of hating, like a poison mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to ranking spleen and bigotry; … What have the different sects, creeds, doctrines in religion been but so many pretexts set up for men to wrangle, to quarrel, to tear one another in pieces about, like a target as a mark to shoot at?”-- William Hazlitt, “On the Pleasure of Hating” (1826)
1. His first father-in-law had a connection to slavery, too. A plaque affixed to Harvard's Wadsworth House on April 6, 2016, reads: "Juba & Bilhah [no surnames recorded]/Lived and worked here as enslaved persons in the household of President Edward Holyoke/(1737-1769)." https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2016/04/harvard-acknowledges-slave-connections Retrieved May 4, 2022.
2. Robert H. Pfeiffer, “The Teaching of Hebrew in Colonial America,” The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, Tercentenary Issue (April 1955), 82.