July 4th, 1867

March 13, 2008

We had a few crackers fired off last evening over at College, but very little noise. Perfectly quiet to-day.


June 19th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Go out in a boat to see the race between the Alpha Delta Phi boat, Meerschaum and the Sigma Phi boat, Ariel – a three-mile row. The Alpha Delta Phi’s beat by two minutes and one second – bad beat. The scene on the lake was very gay – a great many boats out filled with gentlemen and ladies. Mr. Bogart of Aurora, presented a flag to the victors, with a neat speech. The water was a little rough, which was against the Sigs – their boat lying low in the water.

April 23rd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Busy about filling forms for reports of standing, directing envelopes, 7c. Preside at the junior exhibition in the evening. Halsey spoke the most effectively. The burlesque was rather scurrilous. They made Prex figure largely. One of the best speakers was suspended, and did not appear. At Evening Prayers I made a few remarks to the students in dismissing them, and commended them to God’s blessing.

April 9th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Letter from Prof. Huntington of Trinity College informing me of the true state of affairs. Prof. Pynchon says that he wishes for himself the office of president.  Hence his desire for delay. Prof. Brocklesby has performed this duty of president for $500 per annum. He urges me—persuades me to accept the office of president of Trinity College.

Students had bonfires in front of Trinity Hall, and kept them up till the middle of the night. I went out and forbade them, but in vain; for when I had gone away they renewed their fires. Horns were blown. The campus was restored to quiet several times.

April 5th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Write on my sermon in the morning. It would be easier to write a book than a sermon on such a subject. Meeting of the DeLancey Society. I opened with prayers and, urged, I presided.

March 22nd, 1867

March 11, 2008

Meeting of the DeLancey Society in the College Chapel in the evening. Brown read a paper showing the causes and reason which lead anyone in the sacred ministry. One of Goulburn’s sermons was read by Van Voast.

March 2nd, 1867

March 11, 2008

One of the students talked with me about the DeLancey Association – had fault to find. Bishop Coxe was with Bishop Williams yesterday. I think it not impossible that he may remonstrate so vigorously against any movement to make me President of Trinity College, as to stop it at once.

March 1st, 1867

March 11, 2008

Second meeting of the DeLancey Association. A good meeting. We sang the 180th. hymn. Wells read a good essay on “Sympathy” and Neely read Bishop Williams’ sermon before the Society for the Increase of the Ministry.

February 17th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Early Communion at nine. The Alpha Delt’s were almost the only students present.

February 8th, 1867

March 7, 2008

At 7 P.M. acted as Chaplain and President at the first meeting of the DeLancey Association – to consist of students looking forward to Holy Orders – for the purpose of aiding and encouraging each other in maintaining a high Christian character, and of imparting information to each other on the state of missions, and of the Church, &c. I opened it with the Lord’s Prayer and Collects, and we sang a hymn. We adopted a constitution and some by-laws. There were present Southgate, Wells, Neely and Brown (seniors), Bostwick and Van Voast (juniors) and others.

It was an interesting meeting. Exercises were assigned for the next meeting – an essay from Wells and one from Southgate for the meeting four weeks hence. We propose to meet every two weeks on Friday evening. I hope for much good from this Association.

February 4th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Wrote out Constitution for the DeLancey Association- a proposed Association of all those students who are looking to entering the Ministry, for mutual improvement.

February 1st, 1867

March 7, 2008

Sent for M—and C— and demerited them twenty-five each for talking in Chapel last evening and this morning.

Southgate, Wells and Neely called to see me about the DeLancey Association.

December 18th, 1866

March 5, 2008

After Evening Prayers dismiss the College with a little speech. I spoke of the fewness of our rules. First, the law of the land; second, the law of Christianity- we expect all to behave as Christian gentlemen, to observe the law of honor; third, we have a few rules, well known and fitted to promote the conveniences of all, and not burdensome to any.

The sophomore exhibition was given in the evening. Twelve speakers. Judges, Dr. Rankine, Rev. Mr. Edson, of Clifton Springs, and Mr. F.O. Mason, of Geneva. The first prize was awarded to Beverly Chew; the second to W.J. Cleveland. The Committee were long out, and found it very difficult to agree. The class had no supper. The programmes, printed at Auburn, failed to arrive, so that the speakers and pieces had to be announced. I had a proof. There was a burlesque by the freshmen – a very poor thing.

December 6th, 1866

March 5, 2008

Write our part of Regents’ report.

Mrs. W- – – – – – – – – – has a card party to-night. I sent a regret. I do not intend to belong to or go to these parties. Chess is pretty much crowded out. And then some people’s consciences are troubled about them. Mine is not; but I respect the scruples of others, where my example may be cited of followed.

November 29th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Day.

Proclaimed by the President of the United States, by the Governor of the State, and by the Ecclesiastical authority. We had service in the College Chapel at quarter to eleven – just the service appropriate to the day, without a sermon. It took three-quarters of an hour. The music went well. There were more students present than I expected.

In the evening we had our students’ party. They danced in both parlors till one o’clock to the music of a piano and violin. The Hackmen scolded tremendously because the young people could not be gotten away, and they had to stand in the rain from one to two hours. There were only a few students here who did not dance, and those were much interested in looking on.

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.

July 12th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Commencement Day.

Was serenaded at half past three by the Sigs.  Up at five and in town to make various arrangements. Committee meeting at quarter to eight with Mr. Douglas and Bishop Coxe. The Board met a little after eight. We finished routine matter, and then came an earnest discussion about the Chaplain’s expressed wish. It was now after I had spoken, and Mr. Douglas, that Bishop Coxe expressed his views earnestly, supporting my view. The ringing of the Chapel bell for Prayers cut short the discussion, and it was referred to a committee for further consideration. Prayers had begun before we got in, and Mr. Williams read them alone – reading two lessons. We then formed in procession, the Bishop and Dr. Shelton walking together, and Dr. Hull going with me at the extreme rear. The procession was long, and appeared well. We reached the Hall at half past ten. There were fifteen speakers. The salutatory was fine, and the valedictory was super-excellent. Rogers covered himself with honor. It was the finest valedictory I ever listened to.

It was altogether the best commencement I ever was present at. We got through about half past one. As soon as the exercises were over I met with the Committee on Faculty Reports, especially the Chaplain. The discussion continued till after three, when we had a cold collation at the American Hotel. Ninety persons sat down.  I introduced the speaking with some remarks, and called out successively Dr. Haight, A.D. White, W.H. Bogart and Bishop Coxe. The speaking was quite brilliant. Bogart surpassed himself, which is saying much.

After this I attended a meeting of the Board at Mr. Burrall’s to elect officers, &c. We continued from six to half past seven. Levée from eight to quarter past eleven- a great crowd. The students’ reception at the Hall passed off pleasantly. I thought of going in for a few minutes, but felt rather weary for it – when it was not at all necessary.

There were but few clergyman present at this Commencement. However, a large number of the younger Alumni came.

July 10th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Trustees met at ten. We went very quietly through the usual routine of business. I read my two memorials, one to the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning in the State of New York; the other to Trinity Church. Both quite long. The Board met again at three. I was Chairman, and presided. We all attended Chapel at five, when Dr. J.M. Clarke, of Syracuse, preached a sermon commemorative of Rev. Dr. Hale, late President of Hobart College. The opening was very beautiful, and it was all in excellent feeling.

Class Day exercises at Linden Hall in the evening. Brush was the orator; Meek, the poet, and G.H. Watson made the Paddle speech. E.R. Brown, of the junior class, received it. Brown abounded with dry wit and spoke exceedingly well.

About midnight came the burial of the Free College, with fantastic dresses and rites, instead of the burial of a book. Sophomores and freshmen were in it together.

July 4th, 1866

February 22, 2008

There was no noise this morning, no ringing of bells, nor firing of cannon. We had Morning Prayer in the Chapel as usual – nothing special except prayer for Congress.

July 3rd, 1866

February 22, 2008

I spoke to the students about being orderly in connection with the Fourth, after evening Prayer, and there was the most perfect order, not even a fire-cracker about College, or a shot.

May 3rd, 1866

February 20, 2008

The summer term of College opened at 10:30 with full morning prayer, about a third of the students being present. I closed the service and gave a few words of welcome and exhortation to the students.

April 24th, 1866

February 19, 2008

I, among other things, prepared stakes properly labeled, (made and labeled with my own hands) and went out with the janitor after dinner and put them down for seventy-five trees, which Maxwell is to send to-morrow for the College grounds. I did it in a driving snow-storm.

            Attend the junior exhibition in the evening and preside. The exhibition was a good one, though the class was small. The burlesque afforded a good deal of amusement. Its profanity in travestying certain hymns was its worst feature.

April 23rd, 1866

February 19, 2008

Have an interview with Van Voast and with Halsey about the burlesque on the juniors by the sophomores. Find they have left out Miss C——‘s name, but have left a blank in such wise as to inevitably suggest it. I made a personal appeal to Van Voast and he promised to get the thing left out.

April 20th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Direct envelopes for Reports; make out a list of the fines.

March 24th, 1866

February 14, 2008

Have Wall to breakfast. He has been ill. We sent him his tea last evening.

February 22nd, 1866

February 13, 2008

Holiday in College. Worked on the memorial. Mr. Douglas called and read me an excellent letter which he had written to Dr. McVickar as superintendent of the Society.

Preside over the exercises in the evening. The reader was Hutchins; the orator, Coolbaugh; the poet, Graves. The Alpha Deltas, neutrals (part) and Theta Deltas went in for the celebration; the Sigma Phi’s and some of the neutrals stayed out. Coolbaugh spoke admirably. Graves had a good poem. The boys were very noisy and disorderly while he was speaking. We must take care of that another time.

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 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 6th, 1864

January 24, 2008

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

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.