April 16th, 1867

March 12, 2008

After morning prayers seniors in Schlegal. My last recitation of this kind has terminated. At 11:30 I read service (Ante-Communion) and preach a sermon concerning the events and deeds of this day. Examine the seniors in Schlegal. I frequently think of the matter of Trinity College. May God direct me. May His will be done always in me.

College is most quiet since last Friday, — punishment being expected, and now imposed – six having been suspended.


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.

April 13th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Make inquiry about the blowing of the horns yesterday when I was absent in Rochester, as every other matter had been looked into. I questioned six students who admitted that they had blown horns.

April 10th, 1867

March 12, 2008

The Hartford matter is known to some besides those who have learned it from our home. D.S. Hall spoke to me to-day of this affair. Yesterday and to-day I have a calm mind. I am contented with my lot. I am less anxious concerning the future. May God direct and bless me.

I go to College and inquire concerning the bonfire two nights ago, and I give a punishment to those who were present looking on. I fine them a dollar each. The punishment was to be divided among all.

Mrs. — said that she had heard about Hartford. It was evident that she did not believe it.

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 2nd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Geo. F. Lee came to see me repeatedly to ask whether we would receive his brother again in the number of students. He asked whether we would give him his standing when absent. I reply that he is not able to demand this as a right; but if his class does not refuse, I will not oppose it. By the unanimous consent f his class, they permitted him to return to his former standing. I write this to the brother as I had promised.

March 18th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Still investigating the disorders. Everyone now answers freely.

March 16th, 1867

March 11, 2008

I spoke to the sophomores fully about the combination not to answer, each student for himself. I explained to them the wrongness of their position at length. They listened in respectful silence. I asked them if they had anything to say, at the close. They appeared to have nothing. As they were going out I spoke to Edmund Smith, saying “Edmund you can see how intolerable the position taken, not to answer, is.” His reply was “It is burst up”. So the great combination is at an end. The fellows now all admit that their position was wrong, and untenable, and say that they went into it without thinking of its different bearings.

March 15th, 1867

March 11, 2008

D—– C—- had a long talk with me about his brother’s alleged complicity in the disorders of the night of March 5th… We went over a great deal of ground.

March 7th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Busy investigating disorders in College. I had a letter from Hartford, telling me that Bishop Coxe had expressed strong opposition to my going back to Trinity College and said he would rather lose his right hand than allow me to go.

February 22nd, 1867

March 7, 2008

Washington’s Birthday, and a holiday in College. Exercises in Linden Hall in the evening. The Performances were creditable. Last night two milliner’s signs were carried off, and Miss Bridge’s gate – by students, no doubt.

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.

January 16th, 1867

March 6, 2008

After Litany make an address to the students, calling their attention to maintaining good order in the halls in study hours, avoiding noise, singing, and calling from rooms, &c. Define study hours from 10 A.M. to 11:30, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M., from evening study bell, all night – at least for quiet. Call their attention to singing in the streets at night as forbidden, and urge devout postures in Chapel, kneeling truly, and responding audibly in the Amens. They listened with great attention.

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.

November 16th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Dr. Towler compromised the matter of the sophomore class for twenty-five dollars. He thought it was better than to have a trial, though the design was evidently to extort money.

November 15th, 1866

March 4, 2008

McDonough (constable) served subpoenas on some members of the sophomore class for alleged damage done to a wagon and a goose, when out in the country surveying some weeks ago.

November 13th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Noises about College, horn-blowing, &c. Fellows up watching for the expected shower of meteors; none came.

Send for Hutton, Bostwick and Van Voast about the disorder last night. They had drunk at Bostwick’s room.

October 23rd, 1866

February 28, 2008

Investigate paint

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.

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.

August 23rd, 1866

February 26, 2008

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

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.

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.

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 18th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Have a special talk with Miller about his intemperance and his pledge, and resolution to break off entirely.

March 20th, 1866

February 14, 2008

Send for Hutton and demerit him twenty-five for disorder in Chapel. Send for Wall and have an earnest talk with him about his conduct, especially in Chapel. See Coolbaugh also and talk with him about studying for the ministry.

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 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 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.