January 6th, 1862

September 24, 2007

Write a very long letter to Mr. Swift explaining our affairs and asking him to do more to help us out than assume the $6,000 lately talked of. Write to Mr. Minturn explaining our affairs and asking for his subscription.

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January 4th, 1862

September 24, 2007

Busy all day with College affairs – making out a list of moneys collected, notes, securities, &c. with reference to meeting Mr. Ayrault’s executors.

January 3rd, 1862

September 24, 2007

At Mr. Douglass’ insistence, write to Mr. Ayrault asking for a meeting with the executors of his Uncle, and hoping that they will satisfy the decision and saying that we on our part were disposed to acquiesce.

December 31st, 1861

September 20, 2007

Thus has ended 1861.
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And He has kindly blessed and prospered my labors for the College- for its endowment and for its administration. I fervently implore His heavenly grace and strength to enable me again to devote myself to His service for the year to come and forevermore, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

December 24th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Devote the day to correcting mistakes made by X__ in the standing; his method was wrong. The system was new and he does not yet fully understand it.

December 21st, 1861

September 20, 2007

Off to Syracuse. Meet Mr. White and learn that no action has yet taken place in reference to transferring the securities for the Horace White Professorship to the College. Professor White arrived from Michigan fifteen minutes after I did, and we had a satisfactory meeting and then agreed to select the securities this afternoon, and send us a list by mail this evening for our consideration.

December 20th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Busy with College affairs. Faculty meeting to consider cases of Lawson and Jackson who absented themselves from examination and were fined $5 each. Have Lawson to tea, and a long talk with him after tea about his plans – thinks about staying out. Spoke of my smile of approval when he finished his oration at Junior Exhibition as the most precious reward he had ever received.

December 18th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Learned yesterday that the decision of the court rendered on Monday is substantially in our favor- that is, that we just have $40,000 to apply to the objects named in the will, but we can apply to this purpose all of the $60,000 not specially appropriated to other objects- as the chapel, Chaplaincy and Scholarships. We expect to be able to turn in the White legacy and we may be obliged to raise somewhat more – say three or four thousand.

December 17th, 1861

September 20, 2007

At four o’clock, Evening Prayers in Chapel. I presided over Matriculation and then made an address on manliness. Bishop DeLancey read Collects and pronounced the benediction- Sophomore exhibition in the evening. Eleven speakers- H. Purdy got the first prize and A.H. Vielé the second. Judges, Rev. Dr. Wood, Mr. Rankine and Prof. Greene, M.D. The exhibition was a fair one and passed off well.

December 11th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Rochester.

Find that Judge Lord wants a change in the statement about the time of Mr. Ayrault’s making his will preceding the last. We agreed to it. This required a change in Mr. Smith’s printed argument and so we did not get the case on today. We went to the Courtroom expecting our case to come on, but finally there was to little time.

December 10th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Much occupied in getting together books and papers to take to Rochester as evidence in our amicable suit against Mr. Ayrault with the executors of Mr. Ayrault. Meet Judge Lord in Rochester.

December 9th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Get Bonnar to copy the subscription list, having first made a complete copy myself. Mr. Smith requested this for the Court.

December 7th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Get Mr. Smith’s argument by mail and study it carefully.
Call to see Mrs. Robert Rose and tell her here about Edward’s suspension – a painful duty. Go to Canandaigua to consult with Mr. Smith about our suit.

December 5th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Suspend Edward Macomb under the rule of ten absences.

December 4th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Close of a course of lessons in elocution from Prof. Cronin to a class in College.

November 27th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Canandaigua.
Spend the whole day at Mr. Smith’s office. Judge Lord and Rev. W. Ayrault were there. Mr. Smith had reduced my statement to legal form, and Judge Lord took exception to various points, and we had to come to an agreement. Various additions and retrenchments were agreed to, and the statement was finally put in satisfactory shape.

November 26th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Mr. Smith of Canandaigua telegraphed me today to come tomorrow to meet himself and Judge Lord about the suit of the College with the executors of Mr. Ayrault.

November 21st, 1861

September 20, 2007

Seniors debated before me on whether Commodore Wilkes was justified in seizing Mason and Slidell on board a British vessel, Potter affirmative- Addoms negative.

November 19th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Trustee meeting at eleven. Rankine and Ver Planck appeared and took their seats. Mr. Smith was present and I delivered up my statement to him. He says he will put it into legal shape tomorrow. At half past five Dr. Wilson and I met the Bishop to settle about subjects for the White Essays. We selected them.

November 16th, 1861

September 20, 2007

Revise and send off the Statement of Facts in our college case with the executors of the late Allen Ayrault to Mr. J.C. Smith our counsel.