Archibald Alexander was chosen in 1812 to be the first professor of the new Princeton Seminary. Speaking about the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter Catechism some years later he said:
We venerate these standards, partly because they embody the wisdom of an august Synod; because they come down to us associated with the memory and faith of saints and martyrs and embalmed with their blood; but we love them most of all because they contain the truth of God - that truth which forms the foundation of our hopes. As our fathers prized them, and we prize them, so may our children and our children's children love and preserve them. Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review , page 586.