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.

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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.