January 22nd, 1866

January 25, 2008

Dr. Shelton, Dr. Van Rensselaer and Mr. Cornell came to-day for a meeting of our Board for the Medical Commencement to-morrow.

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January 19th, 1866

January 25, 2008

To-day we resumed our Hebrew lessons, Russell, Williams and myself.

January 17th, 1866

January 25, 2008

Mr. Williams, anxious to have more frequent Communions, has, with my approval, announced that he will have the Holy Communion on the third Sunday of each month as a voluntary service. He first put it at eight, but I was led to consider the matter and advised him to put it at nine, which he has done; and then the morning service hereafter on all Sundays will be at quarter to eleven and then we shall get out at the same time as Trinity Church.

January 15th, 1866

January 25, 2008

Have John Wheeler to tea and Willie Ashley and Cowman called.

January 12th, 1866

January 25, 2008

I have no morning recitations this term, but I expect to meet the seniors for debate on Monday at eleven, and the juniors for lectures on the Evidences of Christianity at nine on Mondays when I am at home. But I have arranged the studies with a view to being away raising funds for the College more or less during the term.

January 11th, 1866

January 25, 2008

Made out the order of studies for the term. College opened with full Morning Prayer at 10:30. After this I made a little speech to the students, welcoming them back and saying how proper it was that our first act should be one of prayer and praise and thanksgiving to Him who had so mercifully preserved us and brought us together again after our separation’ that devout scholars had held it for a maxim that to have prayed well is to have studied well; that we ought ever to lift up our souls to God, saying “In Thy Light shall we see light”; that our Lord Jesus Christ is the true Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world, &c.

In the afternoon I attended the examinations of persons conditioned, and Russell being sick, I examined his sophomores for him in French on the Study of Words.

January 3rd, 1866

January 25, 2008

Boston.

Call on Mr. and Mrs. Williams, the father and mother of our Chaplain. They seemed delighted to see me. I thought I could promote the interests of Mr. Williams by speaking a good word for him, as I have heard that his father (a Unitarian) had rather cut him off because he became a Churchman, and though quite rich, did not at all help him. I trust what I said in his praise may have a good effect.

January 1st, 1866

January 25, 2008

I have entered on another year. May God bless and guide me in it, and make me to be the instrument of promoting His glory and advancing His Kingdom. Amen.

1865

January 25, 2008

From Introduction to the journal by Jackson’s daughter, Mrs. Philip Norborne Nicholas.

The journals begin with 1858 and continue half through 1867.  One year – 1865, is not to be found;  it is quite possible that it never came into my hands.

December 31st, 1864

January 24, 2008

If I had been at home I should have sat the old year out, but my room at the hotel was cold and cheerless, and I felt the need of sleep. I did not, however, retire without serious meditation and earnest prayer – two prominent elements of which were sincere confession of sins and shortcomings during the year about to close, and heartfelt thanksgiving to the Giver of all good for His mercies during the same period.

It certainly has been a year marked by many mercies and blessings to me and my family – blessings of health, of happy relations in the family and towards others, of temporal blessings of abundance of all needed things for the body, and of constant spiritual mercies and privileges. Laus Deo.

 

December 30th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Spend two hours directing catalogues to the clergy of the Diocese. Arrange for going to Buffalo to-morrow. I thought I would go there for a little change, besides I thought it would be of service to the College to keep up my acquaintance with the Buffalo people.

December 29th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Direct catalogues.

December 27th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Dr. Gibson read me the protest of the Buffalo clergy against the proposed separate diocese – advocated by Witherspoon.

December 25th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Christmas Day.

Receive a note from Bishop DeLancey asking me to administer Holy Communion to him as I return from preaching at Trinity Church this morning.

December 23rd, 1864

January 24, 2008

Look over and fold up and seal reports of standing.

December 22nd, 1864

January 24, 2008

Meet the Bishop and Mr. Douglas on the Ayrault Scholarship business – Southgate’s and Lightner’s cases –they having been suspended from College. It was agreed to leave their cases till they are restored to full standing before acting on them.

December 20th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Go to the printing office to see about some forms of Reports. I am getting up a new form –more simple.

December 16th, 1864

January 24, 2008

A meeting, at the Bishop’s, of the Directors of the Ayrault Scholarships. Mr. Douglas did not come. We transacted the routine business and left Southgate and Lightner’s case for further consideration.

December 15th, 1864

January 24, 2008

The new catalogues arrived and I distributed five each to all who came. After Prayers I said a few parting words to the students. Then they met in the Philopeuthian Society room and chose orator, poet and reader for Washington’s Birthday. Have a students’ party in the evening- dancing. The whole College was invited by classes, orally.

December 14th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Wells and George Pierce failed, I find, in looking over their papers in Butler. Davis has, of course, failed; and will be suspended for attempting to smouge.

December 13th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Held my examination in Butler’s Analogy by papers – had seven questions – allowed them (after they had taken down the questions) from twenty minutes past nine to twenty minutes to one. I caught Davis attempting to smouge and sent him out. He offered me a full analysis of Chapter I as an answer to my second question, which was in Chapter II.

December 6th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Go to the printing office and see about proof of the third form of the catalogue.

December 3rd, 1864

January 24, 2008

Write to Dr. Shattuck to have Mr. Williams come on and spend a Sunday with us if he thinks best, to enable us to be better acquainted with him.

December 1st, 1864

January 24, 2008

Wrote to Dr. Shattuck in reply to a letter from him begging off Mr. Coit for his school at Concord, and recommending Rev. Pelham Williams for the Chaplaincy in place of Mr. Coit. I wrote that I did not think Mr. Williams (whom I knew) to be quite the man for the Chaplaincy. As to Mr. Coit, no one could speak for him in his absence. He is now, in fact, absent on leave.

November 28th, 1864

January 17, 2008

Meet the sophomore class and announce to them their suspension till the first day of next term, January 12th. Allow Southgate to remain in the village. The class behaved well and Bridge rose at the close of the interview and thanked me for my well-considered action.

I was so absorbed in this that I forgot my debate with the seniors and they got a run on me. I saw them running and wondered where Dr. Wilson was! I feel relieved now that I have disposed of the case of these sophomores. Wrote five letters to parents this evening explaining the position of their sons.

November 26th, 1864

January 17, 2008

This morning I went to see Mr. William Clark and talked to him about Lawrence’s part in the affair of Monday night. He says Lawrence will not allow that he is less guilty than the rest, and expects to be punished as they are.

November 21st, 1864

January 17, 2008

The sophomores at six to seven this evening in a body met four juniors and tried to take Wall by force to put in the lake, to retaliate for the freshmen having taken Brown, a sophomore, across the lake and put him down on the other side and left him to walk home. Wall resisted and a fight ensued. George Nicholas, opposite whose house it occurred, intervened and got a severe blow from John Bissell. Wall was rescued after being roughly handled. Yates, a freshman, was taken and tied to a tree by the lake.

November 16th, 1864

January 17, 2008

Saw Hobbie in relation to the events of last Friday night and the junior class supper.

November 12th, 1864

January 17, 2008

The juniors had a supper on a bet about the State election. A portion of the class were very noisy and excited from drinking when they came up to College- cheered, danced in the moonlight, some went and kicked in the door of two freshmen. I went over and made some inquiries and found what it was, and what was done. They had beer and port wine for their supper. There is at present no positive law at College against suppers.

November 8th, 1864

January 17, 2008

The sophomores bolted all day. The other students as a general thing, attended to their duties.