Through the nineteenth-century the church continued to take up progressive causes; this pearl-clutching blurb from 1872 in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle gasps:
The called session [of the Presbytery court] is to take action upon the report that the pastor of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, D.D., has recently invited and permitted a lady preacher, Miss Smiley, an orthodox Quaker minister, to occupy and preach in his pulpit.
A lady preacher! Quite the scandalous (I believe the word employed at the time was “promiscuous”) affair. One can only imagine the delightful heresies that were taught in the Sunday school that now teaches countless delightful heresies as a theater.
For the David Gregg essays mentioned above, check out Makers of the American Republic, David Gregg, D.D., E.B. Treat and Company, New York, 1905. What, you say, how could I possibly? Archive.org baby!!