May 31st, 1864

December 14, 2007

Dr. Rankine came to talk over the matter of the adjudging of the prizes at the junior exhibition.


May 30th, 1864

December 14, 2007

Go to see Mr. Douglas about Mr. Neely, as to what answer I should return to his letter asking abut sending in his resignation. I have often been struck with a certain narrowness in Mr. Douglas and noted it to-day in reference to Mr. Neely. Mr. Douglas is very good, but not large in his views.

May 28th, 1864

December 14, 2007

Get a letter from Mr. Neely saying that they have voted him a salary of three thousand dollars, as junior assistant at Trinity Chapel, New York. This settles the matter of his taking that position. It is now some time since his election, but the salary was not fixed. I shall deeply regret losing him from the College on personal, as on public grounds.

May 23rd, 1864

December 14, 2007

Crouchen being suspended, I had to write up the register, and found his work all behindhand. Spend some time with Jacobus reckoning up the standing for appointments.

May 17th, 1864

December 14, 2007

Saw Kirby, who desired that I should not write home about his suspension, to which I agreed.

See about getting the font taken down town to be repaired by the Marble Works.

May 16th, 1864

December 14, 2007

Go down town and arrange about those statutes for the Chaplaincy. Write some of them myself and get Jacobus to write some.

Meet Crouchen, Kirby and Taylor (juniors) at noon and announce their suspension for four weeks from to-day for intoxication and disorderly conduct the night of the junior exhibition.

May 15th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Whitsunday. Dr. Wilson preached the sermon. The song of a robin mingled sweetly with the sounds of the services. The orioles are singing to-day. The cherry and peach and pear trees are in full bloom, indicating one of the most beautiful points in the progress of the spring.

We had service at quarter to seven this evening for the first time in College Chapel. Expect to continue so during the term, to secure a pleasant hour and avoid gas and heat.

May 14th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Go to see Bishop DeLancey about signing copies of the statutes for the Chaplaincy. Arrange for the papers being got ready.

May 13th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Russell had engaged to go to Clifton and officiate this evening, and did not think of his four P.M. recitation, so he proposed to me to go in his place. I gladly agreed to go to prevent irregularity in College.

Decide in my own mind the affair of the juniors.

May 12th, 1864

December 13, 2007

We have the organ in use again. It is right pleasant to hear its tones once more. Except for the smell of smoke one would scarcely know there had been a fire in the Chapel.

May 9th, 1864

December 13, 2007

I shall be very busy for the rest of this term as most of the Chaplain’s duties will fall on me, in addition to my own. Call up Taylor and interrogate him about the night of the junior exhibition. Prof. Wheeler called, and said he did not intend to report the juniors, and that he had said so to Crouchen. I was astonished at this, for his language was most explicit. It places me in an embarrassing position.

May 8th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Divine Service in the Chapel again for the first time since the fire. The carpenters’ work is done and we leave the painting, varnishing, tinting, &c. till the long vacation. The organ is not yet in order. The Chaplain preached, and he referred to his going away and speaking to some for the last time.

May 6th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Write to Rev. C. Hare, thanking him for the four hundred coins just presented by him to the College. Interrogate Burns, Kirby and Crouchen touching disorders on the evening of the exhibition. Talked with Neely in the evening about the Chaplaincy in its relation to the College. I asked him if he did not think it would be better to give the Chaplain more instruction to impart in order to enable him to get better acquainted with the students and bring him in to intimate relations with them, and enable him to gain an influence over them. He said, as the result of his experience, he decidedly thought so.

May 5th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Ascension Day.

College opened with a full service and sermon. Find that the carpenters have finished their work in the Chapel. We shall have it cleaned out and get into it on Sunday. The organ remains to be put in order, but we will use the melodeon. Go to see Bishop DeLancey. He tells me, to my deep regret, that Doctors Rochester and White of Buffalo pronounced that one of the valves of his heart is diseased, and that he must keep very quiet and not indulge in any exciting scenes- – That he may live eight or ten years by keeping quiet, but may go at any time. This announcement saddened me very much, but I thank God for what he has enabled him to do for His Church.

April 29th, 1864

December 12, 2007

 New York.

I went after breakfast to see Dr. Dix, to find what had been done in reference to Mr. Neely, on whose behalf I had written to him for second assistancy of Trinity Chapel. Dr. Dix informed me that he had nominated him to the Vestry. On learning that he was in Orange, New Jersey, he expressed a desire to have him come and pass a Sunday in New York to satisfy the Vestry about his preaching powers. So I agreed to ask him to do so. Mr. Neely came with Mr. Bush at four o’clock to see me. It was awkward about Mr. Bush, whose plan of spending the summer in Geneva had been knocked in the head by Mr. Douglas. But I took Neely into the back room and explained it to him.

April 26th, 1864

December 12, 2007

The Board of Trustees met at four. We had a long discussion on Mr. Neely’s request of leave of absence from May 15th to September 15th, with substitution of Rev. Mr. Bush in his place. I think all the members of the Board would have readily agreed to it; but Mr. Douglas, with whom, and with the Bishop, lies the power of nomination to the Chaplaincy, opposed both the absence and the substitution. Finally he agreed to leave of absence till Commencement, but would on no account agree to Bush’s taking Neely’s place. We had to yield. I was sorry, and wished for a different result, and spoke for it.

The junior exhibition took place at Linden Hall at half past seven. Twelve speakers. They spoke well and showed the effect of Prof. Russell’s training, short as it had been – only three weeks, particularly in their easy and self-possessed carriage and bearing, and a certain gentlemanly manner and a noticeable correctness and good taste. Wells got the first and Richardson the second prize. The Judges were Doctors Rankine, Hull and Guion. The audience would have given the first prize to Crouchen.

April 25th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Southgate, (freshman) made the finest examination in Horace’s Odes that I ever witnessed anywhere.

April 23rd, 1864

December 12, 2007

Knapp’s diphtheria is worse to-day.

April 22nd, 1864

December 12, 2007

We met in the old Chapel to hold an extemporaneous celebration of Shakespeare’s tercentenary birthday. There was a considerable number of citizens present besides the Faculty and students. I presided, read prayers, and made a little address, then called on Dr. Wilson who also made an address. I then called out Prof. Russell at whose instance the celebration was gotten up; and he read from Henry the VIII, of Woolsey’s fall and from “Much Ado” &c.

April 16th, 1864

December 12, 2007

See Mr. Hurd and Gaylord and Wilson about getting the damages to the Chapel appraised. They agree to have it done by Monday.

April 15th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Write to the Gospel Messenger a notice of Russell’s entering on his duties in the College; also a notice about scholarships; also an account of the fire in the Chapel.

April 14th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Write a card thanking the firemen.

April 13th, 1864

December 12, 2007

While I was at breakfast Doane the organist, came and said the chapel was so full of smoke that he did not think we could have prayers. I went over at once. On opening the vestry door I was met by such a smell of burning wood and such dense smoke that I could scarcely enter. I saw in a moment that the building was on fire and thought of the double floor and that if we could keep the fire below the floor till the engines could be brought to play on it might be saved. I called to the janitor to ring the bell and sent Doane down town to raise the alarm and get the engines up. Meanwhile I got out the books from the Altar and the alms basins and the robes. The engines were very soon on the ground and by God’s blessing the Chapel was saved. Above the floor the building was injured by smoke, water and tearing up a small section. It is thought that $600 will repair the damages. The font was injured somewhat.

Meanwhile, we began the day with prayers in the old Chapel. Nothing more was done in College to-day. Everyone was worn out with the excitement and effort. I wrote the insurance company. We had $6,000 in all; $5,000 on the building and $1,000 on the organ in three companies in equal parts.

April 11th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Chose the prizes for the juniors.

April 9th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Went to Utica to attend Dr. Brandegee’s funeral. The Bishop urged my going, as he could not.

Met. Dr. Hallam in Utica. We had a long talk about Trinity College. He asked me repeatedly what they should do for the College and I told him to elect some good man and stand by him in faith and patience and not to expect great results at once.

April 6th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Talk with Mr. Douglas about Neely’s leaving and about his successor.

April 1st, 1864

December 12, 2007

Russell began work with the seniors this morning in the old Chapel.

March 31st, 1864

December 7, 2007

As soon as I returned from seeing the Neely’s off for Orange, I called to see the Bishop, at his request, about Mr. Russell’s mission at Phelps and Clifton. He yesterday met Drs. Bissell and Metcalf on the subject and they resisted giving the missionary stipend to Mr. Russell. The Bishop was much disturbed and I feared his health might be injured in his present weak state.

Russell arrived in the evening and came to our house.

March 29th, 1864

December 7, 2007

The Bishop sent for me and I talked some time with him about Clifton and Phelps, and Russell’s going there. He said he was going to appoint him missionary to those two places- to give the morning to Phelps and the afternoon to Clifton. He gave me a note to give to Dr. Metcalf, calling together the sub-missionary committee.

March 28th, 1864

December 7, 2007

This morning I met Mr. Douglas down town and he talked to me about the General Seminary- thinks it likely to fall through- thinks we ought to look forward to a provision here for educating our own candidates- suggested letting Dr. Rankine devote himself to St. Peter’s as a parish and getting Mr. Mahan at the head of the Training School.