May 17th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Am present at Prof. Russell’s concluding exercises with the sophomores. He wished me to see how they were profited by the instruction.


April 22nd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Easter Monday. Read Ante- Communion for the day.

Got into Lockwood’s examination of Freshmen. Preside at Dr. Towler’s examination of sophomores in analytical geometry, Dr. Towler not having yet returned from New York. He sent me the examination papers.

April 18th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Junior examinations almost the whole morning in Logic and Psychology. In the evening I read service for Dr. Bissell, who preached concerning the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

April 17th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Wednesday. Ante-Communion, with sermon instead of morning prayers. I preach concerning the perfidy of Judas Iscariot.

I give the whole day to the senior examination in Moral Philosophy and Political Economy. Go into the junior examination in Greek. From two to three hear excuses for absences, and have the Register open.

I received a letter from the Bishop of Connecticut which informed me that all things pertaining to the office of president of Trinity College had advanced according to the decision; likewise asking that I would come there on my way to New London.

April 15th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Monday in Holy Week. Sophomores in Natural Theology. At 11:30 I read the service, and preached a sermon on the figtree which Christ cursed.

I suspend those who were caught blowing the horn twenty-eight days, — Van Voast, Worden, Hutton, North, Mann and Hall. Write letters to the parents.

March 25th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Feast of the Annunciation. Ante-Communion. I preached concerning the Catholic faith, on The Word made Flesh. The students listened willingly.

Heard a debate at 10:30—Bridge and Neely. I struggle almost in vain to write a sermon concerning the Christian Church – a dissertation which I had agreed to deliver before the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning in New York.  Gave an hour after dinner to the official reports of the professors. Prof. Pynchon sent me a message that he would write me in a few days concerning college matters. Hence this Hartford matter will go on. I hoped it might be that this might rest in peace, but the fates decree otherwise. Talked with —- about Hartford and Trinity College matters, and the attempt to draw me there.

January 11th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Read Chapel Prayer, morning and evening, as I did always last term. At nine hear seniors in Schlegel’s History of Literature. At 11:30 hear freshmen in Horace, and at four hove sophomores in Roman History. These last two recitations I am hearing for Dr. Metcalf, who is absent on account of his brother’s illness and death. Douglas Cornell called to talk with me about Mr. Lockwood – his alleged partiality in marking freshman last term. Mr. Cornell had spoken to me about it in Buffalo. I can’t believe there is anything in it.

December 4th, 1866

March 5, 2008

Have the sophomores in declamation. Dr. Towler has, with to-day, been absent a whole week in New York to procure subjects for dissection in the Medical College. It is a serious evil, and I have said to Dr. Towler it must not happen again.

November 1st, 1866

March 4, 2008

Mr. Russell came to-night to spend ten days in teaching elocution. He has the juniors, sophomores and freshmen to-morrow. Spent most of the day over College matters – the endowment business – to enable me to make a final report on the business. I worked at it last term and found it very perplexing.

October 24th, 1866

February 28, 2008

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

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 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 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.

July 2nd, 1866

February 22, 2008

After Morning Prayers matriculate the sophomores. It had been delayed by their being suspended at the proper time, and by various other considerations. Then lecture on the history of the Church down to Constantine. Then arrange and publish order of examinations. Register open from two to four.

June 22nd, 1866

February 21, 2008

At the Caryville Seminary exercises. I judged favorably of the teaching from the candor and fairness evinced, and the very respectable thoroughness. I made an address at the close.

I visited the school with a view of encouraging it as a preparatory school for training boys for our College. I was appointed a Visitor last fall, but this is my first visit.

June 13th, 1866

February 21, 2008

The Bishop lectured at ten, and again in the evening. The first, on Shakespeare; concluding with the second, on English prose writers – Hooker, Jeremy Taylor, and Isaac Walton, reading extracts, &c. Those lectures have been received with the greatest favor and delight, and I trust they will stir up our young men to read and study the literature of their own language.

June 12th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Bishop Coxe lectured on Shakespeare and the dramatists before him.

June 8th, 1866

February 21, 2008

The Bishop lectured again on the poets preceding, and on Spenser. Our committee to receive Prof. Russell’s resignation, and appoint someone in his place, met and acted. Bishop Coxe, Mr. Douglas and myself, the committee.

In the evening the Bishop lectured at Linden hall to a large and cultivated audience got together without public notice. He lectured on the formation of taste in literature.

June 7th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Bishop Coxe lectured on Chaucer and his age, reading illustrative extracts. It went off very finely.

June 6th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Bishop Coxe lectured and read the second and third parts of the ballad of Adam Bell, lecturing on it and on the Ballad poetry.

June 5th, 1866

February 21, 2008

At ten Bishop Coxe lectured again to the whole College, on the Ballad Literature of our language. The lecture very interesting, and well received.

June 4th, 1866

February 21, 2008

At ten o’clock Bishop Coxe began his lectures on English Literature before the whole College and some fifteen ladies. It was introductory, very interesting to the student, and to all. Mostly written, but many sparkling extemporary passages. Special meeting of our Board of Trustees at four. We considered the matter of resuming the charging of tuition – Trinity Church, New York, having, in answer to our petition, released us from the condition not to charge, imposed on us when she granted the annuity of three thousand dollars. We resolved to begin to charge, as other colleges do.

I have steadily looked forward to this change ever since I came here eight years ago, and now thank God it is accomplished. I believe it will put the College in its true position – make it respectable, and take away a reproach from it.

I was appointed a committee to make the proper announcements to the public.

We also considered the matter of Prof. Russell’s resignation , and appointed a committee to receive it, and appoint someone in his place; also to consider and report as to the details of a plan for giving efficacy to his department.

May 31st, 1866

February 20, 2008

I now hear the seniors in English Literature every morning. Go to the cars to see Mr. Russell off. He expects to reach his parish, Ridgefield, Connecticut, to-morrow. I feel very badly at parting with Mr. Russell, but I trust he will enjoy better health and be happy and useful where he has gone. Besides, we hope still to secure his services as a non-resident professor in elocution.

April 19th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Called to see Mr. Mallory about a sidewalk ordered in front of the College, of brick, which would cost us over four hundred dollars. Want to see if it can’t be prevented. Mr. Mallory is President of the Trustees of the village [sic]. Go out to the Maxwell nurseries and order trees to ornament College grounds.

There was quite an imbroglio about the junior class’ examination in optics with Dr. Towler. The Doctor marked them so low that Blackwell and Bissell, two of the best speakers in the class, were conditioned and could not speak. I finally went to Dr. Towler and asked him to put the whole class up five-tenths, which would obviate the difficulty, and he agreed to do it. Russell felt badly about it, and Blackwell was feeling terribly.

April 13th, 1866

February 15, 2008

Correct Bridge’s and Southgate’s orations for junior exhibitions.

April 11th, 1866

February 15, 2008

Correct Dudley’s piece for junior exhibition – to save Russell trouble.

April 7th, 1866

February 15, 2008

The Bishop attended our morning Chapel service, and at the close announced that he would give early in June a course of lectures on English Literature to the students of the College.

We heard to-day of Rev. Dr. Gregory’s death. He died at Syracuse. He was the first student that ever graduated at Hobart College – a most excellent and worthy man and greatly useful in his day. I must try and go to his funeral.

Yesterday we read in the Messenger that Dr. Payne was elected President of Trinity College. I sat down last night and wrote him a letter of congratulations. To-day I learn that the statement is not true. How provoking!

Eight years to-day since I came to live in Geneva.

March 12th, 1866

February 14, 2008

I talked with the seniors after Debate about various things, especially about study in Campbell’s Rhetoric, at which I found they were balking. I think I have brought the matter out all right. Chaplain Williams is going to hear them in that and they were unwilling to get a new rhetoric for so short a time.

March 10th, 1866

February 14, 2008

Went into Prof. Russell’s recitation in rhetoric. I wished to give the sophomores a friendly warning against hazing, a tendency to which I have noticed for ten days past – throwing up pebbles at freshmen’s windows, throwing water, crying “Fresh” &c. They took it very well, and I hope good will result.

February 26th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Study Hebrew. Prof. Russell talked with me about the Chaplain’s taking the seniors in Campbell’s Rhetoric.