May 4th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Write to Bishop Williams, saying that after much consideration, I find it hard to say either yes or no, but that I see no reason to believe that I will fail to accept if they elect. This is an important act- fruitful in consequences. It severs me from Geneva in any event; for if now anything should happen to prevent my election, I would certainly feel bound in honor to resign my present position, and quit Geneva at the close of the present college year.  Having after long deliberation decided in favor of Trinity College against Hobart, I could not now consent to remain President of the latter. I should find some other sphere of labor. So that the determination to write the letter which has gone to-day, certainly carries me from Geneva. I cannot suffer myself to dwell on the thoughts which this prospect forces on me. Geneva must ever remain to me one of the dearest spots on earth.

Tell Dr. Rankine of my purpose. He deplores it; says he never was more hopeful of the College; that its internal condition was never so satisfactory; that public opinion in town and abroad was never so strong in its favor.


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