April 29th, 1862

September 28, 2007

Faculty meeting. Consider results and determine about conditions. Very few conditioned. Enforcing our rule about suspending if conditions were not made up on the first day of the term as we did last time, operates extremely well. At five had our last prayers and dismissed the College. Junior exhibition in Linden Hall in the evening. I presided. Good exhibition, but nothing of pre-eminent and striking excellence. Brewer was one of the best. Ashley had a poem on secession which took, from the subject and good delivery.

April 21st, 1862

September 28, 2007

Wrote on Saturday to Murphy and Baxter, Jonesville, about Mr. Swift’s land.

April 16th, 1862

September 28, 2007

Good Friday. The students have been very attentive to the services all the week thus far, and the effect is very good so far as I can judge. The thing has succeeded better than I had dared to hope. Indeed, it is a decided success. May God bless the solemn services of this day to us all.

April 12th, 1862

September 28, 2007

The Committee on vacations, terms, &c. (the Bishop, Mr. Douglas and myself) concluded to place the spring vacation so late that the Holy Week and Easter would always fall in term time. Our object was to have the students under the influence of our religious system through the whole of Lent and not turn them loose at its most solemn and interesting crisis. If we sent our students away from our influence at both of the most solemn and impressive seasons of the Christian year (Christmas and Easter) we lost a chief means of sending home our teachings and making our training exert its full effect. Usage rendered it very difficult for us to refuse a holiday at Christmas. We therefore determined to keep them till after Easter and make the most of Passion Week. This is the first year that the new system has gone into operation. The Trustees directed that one of the morning recitations be replaced by the Service, &c. I felt anxious to have the thing start well. Dr. Wilson agreed to take his part, but has rheumatism and will not be able to do so. I do not think he has any sympathy with it. He strongly objected to it when first announced. When I, after I first came here, proposed to keep the students here through Passion Week and give them instruction suitable to the season during a part of that time, and for the rest keep on with their studies, he told me that the Church sentiment of Western New York would not tolerate such a thing. I replied that it was tolerated where the Church sentiment was quite as enlightened as in Western New York. When the new arrangement adopted by the Trustees was announced by me to the Faculty every member expressed himself strongly opposed to it; but Mr. Metcalf has since expressed himself in a friendly way towards it and entered into it cordially.
We have arranged to have the Morning Service next week as it is now; and at eleven o’clock (in place of the recitation) the Ante-Communion Service with lecture, and on Good Friday two full services, as on Sunday. We require Churchmen only to attend at eleven o’clock.

April 9th, 1862

September 28, 2007

The students petitioned for a holiday to celebrate the victories (Island Number Ten, and over Beauregard near Pittsburgh) but the Faculty having considered the matter unanimously refused.

April 8th, 1862

September 28, 2007

It is four years to-day since I was introduced to the students and Faculty in College Chapel by Bishop DeLancey in a speech, and made a speech myself in reply to the Bishop, the Faculty, the students and to Dr. Hale, my predecessor. How swiftly these four years have gone by! And yet they have been to me years of much labor, anxiety and not a little trial. Sometimes it seemed as if my health might break down entirely, but with God’s blessed aid I have not abated a jot of heart or hope, but kept straight on with my work, and really, except that for a good while I could not safely read Prayers in Chapel, I have performed every other duty successfully- as I believe and trust.
I have within that period accomplished, with God’s blessing, my chosen work of securing an enlarged endowment for the College: and now if life and health are spared I propose to address myself earnestly to perfecting the instruction, discipline and religious influences of the institution.

April 7th, 1862

September 28, 2007

Just think! Four years of residence in Geneva and labor as Head of the College, are passed. Yet it seems as yesterday that I came here. How quickly they have flown! God be praised for the past; may He forgive my shortcomings and give me strength to do His will and work for the future. May His presence and blessing go with me.

April 1st, 1862

September 28, 2007

There was great amusement in College to-day at learning how the April-foolers were outwitted last night.

March 31st, 1862

September 27, 2007

Prof. Wheeler called and said he had got an inkling of some mischief in the middle building to-night: so we agreed to sit up and catch some of the fellows. At half past eleven we got into my room unobserved and waited till ten minutes to one, when we heard persons come in through the Hermean Society Room and go up stairs. We followed, and in Dr. Wilson’s room, caught Sherman, Ingersoll- [sic] and Williams with a rope in his hand. They evidently purposed with the rope to lower the benches from a window and April-fool us in the morning. We afterwards ascertained from the students that Loomis escaped through the scuttle and got through the roof and so we missed catching him; but we got enough and did not care to catch too many.

March 25th, 1862

September 27, 2007

No recitation because the janitor had not left my door open and I had not my key with me- the first time almost this term, though my only object is to lock up after the recitation is done.

March 23rd, 1862

September 27, 2007

Preached in the College Chapel extemporaneously. I could better extemporize anywhere else than in the College Chapel. I know the audience so well, individually and in peculiar ways – have peculiar associations with particular individuals on whom my eye falls: and they have, in consequence of discipline and otherwise, their dislikes towards me, &c. Thus the audience in College Chapel is not well suited to the officer who administers discipline (for example, the President) for experiments in extemporizing. With the Chaplain, who is only a pastor, preacher, and friend, it would be different.

March 21st, 1862

September 27, 2007

Meeting of Board of Trustees. Just a quorum- Mr. Fellows being in town to supply the place of Mr. Ver Planck who is away. We directed that the Faculty do not recommend to us for A.B. students with debts which ought to be provided for, especially board and washing.
The Bishop was strongly opposed to the Board or the Faculty undertaking to regulate Commencement expenses. Thought it would be odious and difficult – that some freedom should be allowed the young men even if imprudent. Mr. Douglas agreed with him.
We had the Decree of the Court in our suit, before us. It provides expressly that bequests shall stand good towards making up our $40,000 and so will include the $15,000 from Mr. White’s estate. Mr. Smith procured it so drawn purposely. It looks very satisfactory now, if only the executors will not appeal.

March 16th, 1862

September 27, 2007

Sunday.
Dr. Metcalf preached in the College Chapel. He desired to do so because, on account of his cold, he had not lately done his full share of preaching; and he was now feeling quite well.

March 15th, 1862

September 27, 2007

Gave notice in Chapel against spitting and billiards. Last evening about twenty-three stayed out from Prayers- snow-balling, and preventing other from going, and one another. We shall take some action in the case.

March 11th, 1862

September 27, 2007

Get Mr. Hawley and go to College Library to meet as Trustees, and adjourn. It is four years to-day since the meeting of the Trustees at which I was elected President of Hobart College. How quickly the time has sped!

March 6th, 1862

September 27, 2007

Dr. Wilson read Evening Prayers in a tone of extraordinary celerity, destroying all devotion.

February 28th, 1862

September 25, 2007

Got a letter to-day from Bond about Mr. Swift’s land in Wisconsin. He thinks it can be sold for $15 an acre.

February 26th, 1862

September 25, 2007

Write to the executors of Mr. Ayrault, sending Mr. Hurd’s receipts and the Resolutions of the Board setting apart the $40,000 according to the decision of the Court.

February 22nd, 1862

September 25, 2007

Holiday. The Bishop has a cold and desired me to make his apology to the President of the Trustees of the Village for not being at the celebration of Washington’s Birthday held in Linden Hall in accordance with the proclamation of the President of the United States.
Celebration of the day by our students came off in the evening. I presided. We had

First, Music.
Second, Prayer.
Third, Farewell Address read by L. P. Eddy.
Fourth, Poem by B. W. Woodward.
Fifth, Oration, G. R. Graves.
Sixth, Benediction.

Everything passed of well,- hall well filled with an attentive and highly respectable audience. There seemed to be no noise or disturbance about the College.

February 18th, 1862

September 25, 2007

Faculty meeting at ten to consider the petition of the students to get off from recitation and make a holiday of to-day and illuminate the College to-night on account of the news of the capture of Fort Donelson and fifteen thousand prisoners. Refused. First, because a leading object was conceived to be to get off from recitations; second, because we should expect other victories and other like requests. Faculty unanimous.

February 4th, 1862

September 25, 2007

This afternoon got Mr. Swift’s letter containing certificates of two eminent brokers. They put the Cleveland and Toledo bonds at 84. I went to see Mr. Douglas thinking that as we had still the right today to act, we might deem it expedient to withdraw certain of the securities, as we had put in $1,000 more than was needed if the Cleveland & Toledo bonds are worth 84. Mr. Douglas, however, thought they could not be worth more than 70; so I did not care to disturb the matter if he did not. I felt pretty sure that 84 was the true figure. The $1,000 surplus counts for us equally whether it goes into the Professorship or the Chaplaincy. So it does not matter where it is placed.

February 3rd, 1862

September 25, 2007

At four get two telegrams from Mr. Swift setting the value on stock for today. So after seeing Mr. Douglas I went down at a quarter to six and placed the securities and subscriptions in Mr. Hurd’s hands as trustee.
I went down a second time to put the Prendergast mortgages into his hands – having gotten them from Mr. Hawley. Thus have we closed up this transaction and now we take our risk. I think we have exercised due care and diligence to make all sure.

January 31st, 1862

September 24, 2007

Meeting of the Board. We arranged matters in reference to Mr. Ayrault’s executors by appointing Mr. Douglas a committee to set apart securities to the amount of $40,000, including $6,753.70 of debt paid. I wrote to Mr. Swift this evening to let me know on Monday the value to act. Mr. Swift will get two leading brokers to certify the value on that day.

January 23rd, 1862

September 24, 2007

In New York. Talk over matters with Mr. Swift in a very satisfactory way. I propose to return to Geneva to-morrow. I have done little; but I have ascertained that I can do no more, and that is something.

January 21st, 1862

September 24, 2007

Got a letter from Mr. Swift saying that he will give the Wisconsin farm and the one thousand acres of land in Michigan towards his subscription.
Long and important session of the Board of Trustees; but we did not finish the principal business, i.e. of setting apart $40,000 for the two Professorships, and the payments of the debts of the College. We lacked Mrs. Prendergast’s permission to institute the professorship of natural philosophy. Preside in the evening at the Commencement of the Medical College and confer the degrees. There were six graduates. Dr. Towler delivered a spirited valedictory, severe on quackery.

January 18th, 1862

September 24, 2007

Spend time with Mr. Hurd – treasurer. Today received $10,50[?] of the bonds for the White Professorship, by express, and got to Mr. Douglas’s to open them in his presence to see that all was right and we found it so. $4,500 of the bonds have to be sent to Cleveland to be registered in the name of the College. These Mr. Ballard did not send.

Consult with the Bishop. He thinks I had better go to New York and see some parties personally.

January 13th, 1862

September 24, 2007

Mr. Douglas agreed with me that I had better write Mr. Ballard and accept the securities for the Horace White Professorship, which he had informed me were placed in his hands for Hobart College. I have written to New York to Mr. Swift and got a broker’s estimate which makes the market value about $12,500. I accordingly wrote to Mr. Ballard, the agent of the executors of Mr. White, this evening. Rev. W. Ayrault called. We talked over matters relating to his Uncle’s will and estate, and the recent suit, &c. He said to my great satisfaction, that he now thought that the executors would divide the residuary heirs – postponing the division to the College and societies till a convenient season. He expressed distrust of investments in U.S. securities, and preferred bond and mortgage for his Uncle’s subscription and bequests – in which I agreed with him.

January 11th, 1862

September 24, 2007

I got the opinion of the Court upon our lawsuit from Mr. Smith yesterday. Took it to the Bishop in the afternoon and to Mr. Douglas in the evening. It is much more favorable than I expected. We are only required to have the $40,000 “in money or valid subscriptions,” before February 4th.

January 10th, 1862

September 24, 2007

Faculty meeting in reference to Potter’s case. I explained that he desired to be examined again on Wednesday. Wilson and Metcalf, with myself, favored it; but Dr. Towler was resolutely opposed – could be compelled, but would not do it voluntarily; or I might take the matter out of his hands and do it myself: so we separated without doing anything.

January 9th, 1862

September 24, 2007

We had our examination of conditioned persons – all passed except Potter in Chemistry, and Sherman and Ashley in Mechanics and Greek; these last suspended four weeks. I spent most of the evening talking with these and other students on grievances. Potter was greatly distressed and put out at being suspended, and thinks he has been the victim of great injustice.