January 27th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Busy over subscription books in relation to Dr. Horton’s subscriptions.

January 26th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Write to George A. Stone, Dr. Horton’s executor, about sending on the library to the College (Dr. Horton having so bequeathed it) and also about his subscription.

Attend Medical Commencement in the evening and confer the degree of M.D. on six graduates and honorary M.D. on one person.  A number of our academic students were in the back part of the hall and rather noisy in their applause.

January 25th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Met Dr. Bissell and Mr. Gaylord at Medical College to look over it in reference to repairs, as directed by a resolution of our Board.  Dr. Towler accompanied us.  We found a good deal requiring attention, walls, floors, plastering, &c.

January 23rd, 1864

November 29, 2007

Saw Hurd this morning and engaged his house for Prof. Russell.  Talk with Mr. Douglas and we agree to continue John Noonan to blow the organ bellows for the whole year at $30, or seventy-five cents a week.  Mr. Douglas agrees to give $10 of this, taking $10 from the $25 which he agreed to give Graves.

January 22nd, 1864

November 29, 2007

Talk with Hurd about Dr. Horton’s subscription and what kind of evidence I ought to submit to the Surrogate of Probate Judge at Newburyport.

Write to Mr. Swift a long letter.  Speak of Mr. Neely’s salary as inadequate- of Bishop DeLancey’s setting matters right.

January 20th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Order a weight for the Chapel door to keep out cold while the students are entering.

Go and see Rankine and have a long talk with him about class-day.  He desired to talk with me about it, being one of the committee to report on it.  Talk with Mr. Douglas in the evening and talk about the salaries of the professors to see if we cannot increase them.  He could not see any way.

January 19th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Had a meeting of the Board at my study- adjourning there from the Medical College.  We discussed chiefly the affairs of the Medical College.  It was clearly the sentiment of the Board that we should require the Faculty to put and keep the building in good repair, and observe strictly the statutes as a condition of our appointing a professor.  They empowered me to confer the Medical Degrees at the Medical Commencement.  The consideration of class-day was postponed.  We adjourned to meet in four weeks.

January 18th, 1864

November 29, 2007

I did not have my juniors in Evidences of Christianity owing to a misunderstanding with Dr. Towler, who I supposed, wanted to lecture to them;  but he had the seniors in view as “my class”.

January 15th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Go to see Mr. Hurd about the house for Russell.  Go over it and find it quite satisfactory.  Write to Prof. Russell and advise him to take it.

January 14th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Term opens.  Faculty meeting at nine- or at least they came dropping in to give me their lessons.  Chapel at ten.  I made brief announcements and referred the students to the bulletin board for the order of studies for the term.  About two-thirds of the students present at Morning Prayer. 

            Put a new set of prayer books in the Chapel with each man’s name written in his own.  Intend to hold each responsible for his own.

January 12th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Schenectady.           

Called on Dr. Hickock and had a satisfactory talk with him about College matters.  Propose to him joint action in raising the standard for admission to College.  He agreed to it.


I talked with Judge Paige about our lawsuit for the Ayrault legacy.  He thinks our cause not so hopeless.

December 31st, 1863

November 28, 2007

Watch the old year out with silent prayer.

December 18th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Sophomore exhibition took place; Leffingwell, Brainard and Dr. R. Stone, judges. Ives got first prize, Coolbaugh second. College dismissed at Evening Prayer.

December 16th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Meet Bishop DeLancey and Mr. Douglas as directors of the scholarships. In the evening attend meeting of the Board and unanimously elect Rev. F.T. Russell to the Chair of Rhetoric.

December 15th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Examination in Butler; Jacobus and Lockwood did finely. The rest middling.

December 14th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Mr. Neely goes to-morrow to New York on account of his wife’s health, and I am left as Chaplain to the end of the term.

December 10th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Get a telegram from Russell saying he will come to us at Easter. Thank God for this. How long and earnestly I have labored for it. He will just supply the lacking element in the College.

December 9th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Get prizes for sophomore exhibition. See Judge Smith and arrange for form of demand of payment by Mr. Ayrault’s executors of the $20,000.

November 27th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Got a letter from Russell intimating that he might be open to a renewal of our offer of the Chair of Rhetoric. Write him to-day a strong letter of inducement, after consulting Bishop DeLancey and Mr. Douglas. I wrote Russell ten days ago proposing to renew the offer.

November 26th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving.

Full Morning Service and sermon at College Chapel. In the evening the students came to our house by invitation, thirty-five in all, and several ladies. Dancing from ten to twelve.

November 19th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Make appointments for prize exhibition. Fourteen speakers in the sophomore class. Think we shall have a good exhibition.

November 18th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Mr. Neely after the Litany spoke to the students earnestly about studying during the service. The Racine plan seems better.

November 12th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Race to meet the sophomores at eleven- the janitor being twelve minutes ahead. Write our manuscript for the printer to prefix to Dr. Dix’s sermon. This prefix gives the origin of the Chapel.

November 11th, 1863

November 27, 2007

After the Litany I announced rules about tardiness- not allowing it, &c.

November 5th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Meet the Faculty and talk over the change made by the Trustees October 29th investing me with the sole administration of discipline. Wilson only seemed to dislike it.

November 4th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Go to Syracuse and see Prof. White and the other executors about the Prize Fund. Saw Professor and Hamilton White. Visit entirely satisfactory.

October 29th, 1863

November 21, 2007

Glorious bright day as ever shone. At half past ten we robed in the College laboratory- the Bishop and twenty-three clergy (in surplices) went in procession at eleven to the new Chapel. The service most impressive and perfectly performed.

Evening Service in the Chapel at seven. The Bishop confirmed three students and addressed them. It has been a perfect and memorable day.

October 28th, 1863

November 21, 2007

Very busy with arrangements for the consecration of our new Chapel.

October 27th, 1863

November 21, 2007

Busy with arrangements for the Consecration. Meet Dr. Dix at the station and bring him to the Bishop’s, where he is to stay.

October 22nd, 1863

November 21, 2007

Make out list for tickets for the Consecration.