October 24th, 1866

February 28, 2008

The juniors went (all but five) to Taughanic Falls with Dr. Towler.

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October 23rd, 1866

February 28, 2008

Investigate paint

October 21st, 1866

February 28, 2008

Allen has got up a new choir, and the music and everything went smoothly and well.

October 20th, 1866

February 28, 2008

I awoke early. Heard the janitor come in by the gate. Got up and called to him. He informed me that the students had painted up the front of the middle building. I went over and looked at it, and went down at once and got Wilson to send up a man immediately to paint it over, which he did, and spoiled the fun of the parties most interested.

October 19th, 1866

February 28, 2008

Put additional copy into the hands of the printer for the first form of the catalogue, at the Gazette office.

October 7th, 1866

February 28, 2008

The Chapel had but few ladies, as was to be expected after two such crowded meetings as we had before Mr. Williams left, and especially as the attraction now is gone.

October 1st,1866

February 28, 2008

Go to the cars and say good-bye to Mr. Williams, who left for Boston. Mr. Lockwood was there, and a few Alpha Delta Phi’s, but no others. I am sorry on many accounts to part with Mr. Williams but I think it best that he should go under all circumstances. I fear he would have made trouble for us here. He is impracticable to a certain extent, and I am afraid will be running his head against posts all through his life. He is very conscientious and faithful, but he is painfully self-conscious – never forgets self, but makes it a disturbing center of influence. I certainly recognize many fine qualities of mind and attainment, and earnestness and devotion in him, and I certainly wish him well, and I pray God that he may be prospered in his new work.

Read prayers in Chapel. I shall be the Chaplain now. I hear the sophomores in Natural Theology. At noon I have the seniors in debate. From two to four I have the College Register open and hear excuses.

September 30th, 1866

February 27, 2008

A great crowd at the Chapel to hear Mr. Williams for the last time. Both sermons to-day extemporaneous. I felt rather blue all day about Mr. Williams’ going away, and its being his last service.

September 29th, 1866

February 27, 2008

At Morning Prayer Mr. Williams read the Ante-Communion and gave an address on the Angelic Ministries – citing examples from scripture, very fluent and interesting.

We had Mr. Williams to dinner, and had a good deal of pleasant conversation.

September 27th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Copy off Watson’s account and send it to his grandfather. Have a long talk with Dr. Rankine about his and my affairs.

September 26th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Made a long call on Mr. Burrall. Talked over matters about Mr. Fellows not subscribing to the College, and about the Chaplaincy.

September 25th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Prof. Wheeler called to see me before the noon recitation, and had a full talk with me about his being intoxicated at the Soldiers’ dinner in Linden Hall Saturday afternoon. He expressed the deepest sorrow and offered to place his resignation in my hands in order to relieve the College of the odium. I told him I would decline to accept it. If he would only resolve to do well for the future and avoid drink, I would stand by him, and uphold him; and he must wear out all traces of his evil reputation by a new record. He seemed very grateful to me, and promised nevermore to err in this respect.

September 23rd, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Divine Service in College morning and evening, and sit in the pew. Chapel unusually full in the evening. The evening sermon was extemporaneous and very pictorial. I doubt if such sermons do much good. They fix no principles in the mind. Before my recitation with the sophomores in Paley, I matriculated the class, thirteen at last, three not being present.

September 22nd, 1866

February 27, 2008

Get letter from Russell, proposing his plan of instruction in elocution. Write to Bishop Coxe about it. Also write to S.S. Mallory, President of Trustees of the Village, about the sidewalk in front of the College. Read some Hebrew.

September 21st, 1866

February 27, 2008

St. Matthew’s Day. Have the Ante-Communion for the Day, but no address.

September 19th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Mr. Williams left last evening to go to Boston to look up a house to live in there. I take the Chapel service till he returns. Besides hearing my class in Butler, I heard the sophomores declaim at 11:30.

On Sunday night Mr. Yates, brother of our student, Fred Yates, informed me of Frederick’s dangerous illness at his father’s in Waverly, of typhoid fever. Prayers were offered for him in the College Chapel last evening, and at Litany to-day. He remained at home after the term began to be present at his sister’s wedding.

September 17th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Go to Buffalo to see Bishop Coxe and Dr. Shelton about our endowment movement. We went to Bishop Coxe’s and talked over matters, particularly the endowment effort. Bishop Coxe agreed to preach a sermon in the Churches of Buffalo about New Years, and then we should go to work in earnest. We talked about Mr. Douglas and the Chaplaincy. Bishop Coxe thought it important to soothe Mr. Douglas, and keep matters quiet till after we have secured our hundred thousand dollars by the proposed effort. I said I was willing to let matters go on as they had gone – as if nothing had happened, or to have the Board agree what part I should take in Chapel service, or to leave it to the Bishop to determine. Beyond that I would not go.

September 12th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Judge Smith of Canandaigua, came over to see his son, and, in my study, I put before him the case between Mr. Douglas and myself, reading that portion of the statutes which is in dispute. He expressed no opinion, but took the statutes with him to the hotel to consider them. In the evening he informed me that he had carefully read and considered the statutes, and that he could not see how there was room for more than one interpretation of the passage in dispute, or of that taken in connection with the whole scope of the instrument, and that was the interpretation I had given, and acted on.

September 9th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel, two full services, and sit in my pew. Mr. Williams alone, as he wished to be. First sermon somewhat fanciful, but pleasing. Second sermon extemporaneous.

September 8th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Consult with Mr. Douglas about employing Mr. Russell to teach elocution.

September 7th, 1866

February 27, 2008

College is going into operation very quietly. I called on Mr. Williams to-day. He explained, at my request, his view as to what the President should do in the Chapel; it was this: to assist in the Holy Communion on Communion Sundays, to take part in the service at the opening of the term, on the occasion of the visit of the Bishop, and on any other extraordinary occasion. At all other times the Chaplain should be alone. He said he did not expect the Trustees to take any action on his request, contained in his report, and that he was very sorry he made the report; that it was “a blunder” on his part; that very likely he might, at another time, desire the President to officiate with him; and he might also desire to take part in the instruction, though in his report he had expressed his desire not to do so.

September 6th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel service at 10:30 and sit in my pew. I was really detained, so that it was inconvenient for me to get in in time to take part in the service; but I have made up my mind not to do so while Mr. Williams remains with us, (he leaves October 1st. to become rector of the Church of the Messiah in Boston – to succeed Bishop Randall!) and whilst the relations between the President and the Chaplain are subject to the consideration of a committee of the Board of Trustees, as is the case. I went into the vestry and spoke with Mr. Williams after the service. He said he expected me in to take part – that this was one of the occasions on which he expected me to take part. I told him, after his request put in to the Board of Trustees, to be allowed to officiated alone, I certainly would not officiate again till that question was settled.

September 5th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Busy preparing for the opening of College to-morrow.

August 24th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Talked with Mr. Douglas about the Chaplaincy. He stated his views, and I stated mine. He is very fixed in the idea that the Chaplain should alone perform the service, and that the President should take no part. Our conversation was perfectly friendly.

August 23rd, 1866

February 26, 2008

Write to Judge Davies in reference to Theodore – refusing to allow him to return.

August 19th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Had a long talk with Bishop Coxe about College affairs, and Mr. Douglas’ position about the Chaplaincy.

August 18th, 1866

February 26, 2008

A movement was started at the Convention to raise one hundred thousand dollars for Hobart College, and two thousand five hundred dollars was subscribed on the spot. I had stated that a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position, and General Martindale said he was struck by that statement. I stated that we had endowments to the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand, and buildings worth fifty thousand more – – two hundred thousand dollars in all, and no debts; and a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position.

August 16th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Attend the Convention breakfast in Syracuse. Bishop Coxe presided very gracefully. One hundred and ninety-one persons, clerical and lay, sat down to breakfast. Dr. Rankine spoke for the Memorial Church. I spoke for the College.

            The matter of division, proposed by the Bishop, was referred to a committee of fifteen. I was placed on the committee, as one of the clergy.

August 11th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Had a pleasant talk with Dr. Bissell, chiefly about College matters. Dr. Bissell spoke of Mr. Williams position about the services in Chapel.

August 5th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Write to Chancellor Pruyn about the University Convocation.