October 23, 1861

July 31, 2007

Faculty meeting at eleven about Dr. Towler’s matter with the sophomores, who had refused to recite the problems assigned.  We agreed to fine the class for a bolt and give the same lessons again, and I so instructed the class; and I took pains to see the parents of those in town and forewarn them of the danger their sons were in.

October 21st, 1861

July 31, 2007

    I had proposed to Mr. Douglas to go with me to Syracuse, which he did.  We met Hamilton White and Prof. White and his brother.  I made out statement and exhibit.  Mr. Douglas threw in suggestions.  Prof. White said it had been his father’s idea that the estate should pay off indebtedness by its income.  Mr. Douglas explained that as they were to pay the income of the $15,000 quarterly to the College there would be no advantage in retaining their security, and some risk which by surrendering they would avoid.  They wanted time to consider and we agreed to meet them at noon.

When we met the executors again Prof. White said they had agreed to our proposition.  He said that though the will did not require it he supposed the wishes of the family might be regarded in the appointment.  Said his father’s idea was to have some person of high character appointed, &c.  He (Prof. White) had been afraid we might appoint some young graduate.  I said we should not appoint without consulting him, and that our idea would be to appoint a capable man.

October 19th, 1861

July 30, 2007

Write our statement of our case with the executors of Mr. Ayrault and go over to Canandaigua in the afternoon to consult with Mr. Smith.  He approved of what I had done and made some further suggestions; as also about Mr. White’s legacy.  This afternoon I got a telegram from Hamilton White saying that Prof. White was not in Syracuse.  Wrote that I would go over on Monday, and spent the evening in preparing a statement of the resources of the College for the executors of Mr. White, to prove that they would be justified in paying over the $15,000 left conditionally and in their discretion.

October 14th, 1861

July 29, 2007

Regularly this term read prayers morning and afternoon; then hear seniors in Butler, and on Thursdays at eleven hear the seniors in debate on a thesis, and receiving other compositions which I correct-each member writing once a fortnight.  Then I have all the discipline and general affairs of the College to attend to, besides much outside business and correspondence about the endowment- getting it paid in, &c.  And I am getting up a legal argument for the Court of Appeals in the Ayrault case.

October 12th, 1861

July 29, 2007

Spend some time in framing statement of our case against the executors of Mr. Ayrault to come before the Supreme Court in Bench in December.  Write to Mr. Ayrault and Judge Knox.

October 11th, 1861

July 29, 2007

I was called up at one o’clock by the ringing of the College bell.  It only rang a few strokes.  Soon after I heard fellows running downtown.  The door to the bell was found securely locked.  They had got a key.  Light in Tremaine’s room fifteen minutes before.

October 4th, 1861

July 29, 2007

Faculty meeting.  Fine Graves, Lockwood and Williams for throwing water on freshman, three dollars each.  Ingersoll, one dollar for allowing it to be thrown from his room.

October 3rd, 1861

July 29, 2007

Trustees meeting, but no quorum and consequently no business.  Meeting of the Christian Brotherhood of Hobart College.

October 2nd, 1861

July 29, 2007

Confer with Hamilton White in Syracuse about his brother’s bequest to the College.  We went to see Mr. Davis, the lawyer who drew the will and he said that he thought the executors of Mr. White would now, that we half raised the $60,000, be fully justified in paying over the $15,000 left in their discretion to the Chair of Rhetoric.

September 30th, 1861

July 28, 2007

Tried to get a meeting of the Christian Brotherhood but finally postponed it.

September 25th, 1861

July 28, 2007

Go out to Phelps.  Call on Mr. L.D. Hotchkiss and get his subscription of $100, about which I felt doubtful, as he had never put his name to paper.

September 19th, 1861

July 27, 2007

The recusant students yesterday sent in a proper apology to the Faculty. It was the one I wrote for them, and was signed by all except Mumford, who was sick. But they had put after their names Σ Ε Ι – a symbol for a sophomore society for training freshmen. I immediately sent for them all. Wrote a new paper and made them sign it without any sign or title. They did not like to do it, but there was no help for it. I then sent them to their recitation room, and so this great matter was ended.

September 18th, 1861

July 27, 2007

While I was hearing my class Mr. Vielé called on me. He got my letter of the 16th and came on last night to see about his son. After full conversation he went away and said he would try to get his son and the rest to apologize to Mr. Comstock, as he thought they ought to do. Faculty meeting at three P.M. to consider the effect of the proposed apology to Mr. Comstock by those who mutilated his hair. It was agreed that if they apologized to him, and those who combined apologized to the Faculty, the suspensions might be taken off. About half past six they brought me an apology for Comstock, which I did not deem sufficient and I prescribed a form for one.

September 17th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Called in Vielé and Smith and announced to them their suspension. They went out and told their classmates who at once met and resolved not to attend any more recitations until V. and S. were restored to full standing. The Faculty met and agreed to give these recreants, who had signed a round robin, till half past eleven to-morrow to return to their duty. If not, they were then suspended till October 3rd, when the Trustees met, and then, if meanwhile they have not returned to their duties, the Faculty will recommend to the Trustees to expel them from College – the Trustees only having this power. I called them in at four o’clock and explained things fully. Great excitement in College about this. In the evening I saw Comstock and tried to induce him to drop legal proceedings. He would not promise. Saw Purdy, and Gibson called to talk with me about it.

September 16th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Met with Bishop DeLancey and Mr. W.B. Douglas as a committee to appoint scholars on the Ayrault foundation.  It was our first meeting.  We adopted rules for our government and for the scholars to observe.  We suspend Vielé and Smith for cropping of Comstock’s hair.  Fine Graves, G.R., Addoms, Vielé and Tremaine for boarding at a hotel.

September 15th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Preached in College Chapel in the morning.  The music was good except the hymns, and the order was excellent- no dressing gowns appearing there- no talking or whispering.

September 14th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Much occupied with matters of discipline.  Last night the sophomores mangled Comstock’s hair, seizing and holding him.  Vielé and Smith were the ones that did it.  I had to inquire into the matter to-day.

September 13th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Called on Mr. Douglas and showed him a letter from Mr. Cone saying that the executors of Mr. Ayrault were now ready to pay over the $10,000 subscription.  Mr. Douglas spoke of beginning the Chapel in the spring.

September 7th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Call on Mr. Sherrill and get his subscription to the College in a check.

September 6th, 1861

July 26, 2007

I spend part of each day in collecting the subscriptions in Geneva t the endowment, or in getting them into the form of notes.  Coxe writes me that he has a very uncomfortable position in Baltimore – that he may resign any day.  He is loyal and his congregation are secessionists.  May God direct and guard him.

September 5th, 1861

July 26, 2007

Write out the rules we adopted yesterday, and after Evening Prayers I read them and speak about behaviour in Chapel and at night in the streets, singing, &c. and also of the large amount of damages.  I think the rules were well received except that about singing at night.

September 4th, 1861

July 26, 2007

We had a Faculty meeting this morning and adopted rules which I had prepared about examinations, absences, and behaviour in Chapel; also singing at night.

August 29, 1861

July 19, 2007

College opens. Faculty meeting, fix studies and recitations. After reading prayers in the Chapel at ten I announced the order of studies for the term.

August 23, 1861

July 19, 2007

We discussed Mr. Swift’s proposition and appointed a committee with power to arrange. We rearranged terms and vacation – making forty weeks term time and passed resolutions requiring the Faculty to be regular in their attendance at Chapel, &c.

May 31, 1861

July 19, 2007

Up early. Have a call from Dr. Shelton before breakfast. He wanted to know what was the snarl that required his presence. I explained about Mr. Swift’s subscription. After prayers write report of our Committee on Endowment. At 10:15 go to the College Library to the adjourned meeting of our Board. The question arose about Mr. Swift’s subscription, $7,000 of which was of doubtful validity. The matter was discussed for two hours and more to see if there was no way of getting over the difficulty. Finally they agreed to my view – that there was but one safe course and that that was to raise by actual subscription the deficiency – five thousand dollars. Dr. Shelton subscribed $1,000, Bishop DeLancey 4500, Joseph Fellows $500, Peter A. Porter $500. There was a long pause. Finally I said if any one would take the odd $250 I would take the rest– $1,000 for myself and $1,000 for a friend – H. White. After much delay Bishop DeLancey took the $250 and then Mr. Ayrault took $500 off his hands. And so by God’s blessing the matter was closed up and we adjourned.

August 17, 1861

July 19, 2007

Talked with a Professor of Jefferson College, Canonsburgh. He thinks it much better for student to room in private houses- not one dollar of public damage in the last year there.

August 1, 1861

July 19, 2007

Write to Mr. Swift about the action of the Board.

July 31, 1861

July 18, 2007

Board met at eleven. We discussed the matter of arranging things with Mr. Swift and concluded not to do anything at present. Bishop DeLancey and others doubted if we had the right to let off Mr. Swift or any other subscriber from any portion of his subscription. The Board appointed a committee to consult with the Faculty about discipline. The Committee – Dr. Shelton, Rev. W. Ayrault and Mr. Douglas met Dr. Wilson, Dr. Towler, Prof. Bates and myself at my study in the evening and we had a long session.

July 30, 1861

July 18, 2007

Busy getting ready for the meeting of to Board tomorrow.

July 18, 1861

July 18, 2007

Talked with Judge Paige at Sharon Springs about law and its bearing on subscriptions to charitable objects.