On the 2nd of December 1841 he delivered his inaugural lecture.
His inaugural dissertation was an essay on screw-surfaces.
The general assembly, to which the case was appealed, suspended Dr Briggs in 1893, being influenced, it would seem, in part, by the manner and tone of his expressions - by what his own colleagues in the Union Theological Seminary called the " dogmatic and irritating " nature of his inaugural address.
His inaugural address on The Principle of Protestantism, delivered in German at Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1844, and published in German with an English version by J.
The charges were based upon his inaugural address of the preceding year.