June 20th, 1867

March 13, 2008


Bishop Williams and the Professors had requested the students to be in front of the College Chapel at five o’clock, when I was to be presented to them. We all went out from the Vestry and the Bishop presented me to the students in a very cordial speech. Prof. Brocklesby then spoke in like terms – commending me warmly to the students as one who was entirely worthy of their confidence – one who knew every rope of the ship – one who understood the whole structure of the College from turret to foundation. The students cheered heartily. When I ended speaking, they were presented to me individually by Prof. Brocklesby.


May 29th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Bishop Neely writes he is very glad I am going to Hartford – says I have decided “wisely and for my happiness”.  He is now glad he is a New Englander and to have me near at hand, and at the head of our New England College.

Confer with the Misses Bridge about a plan of going to Canandaigua to establish themselves in a female seminary there, and give it a Church character. I advised them to be sure that they can work harmoniously with Mr. Richards, who proposes to remain as he is now, a partner in the concern, and to carry on its financial affairs, board the students, &c.; and that the Board of Trustees, a majority of whom were Congregationalists, be so organized as not to hamper them.

May 14th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Begin my report, for the next Diocesan Convention, on the division of the Diocese; and write part of it.

Write a long letter to Bishop Coxe, explaining my position in reference to Hartford. I did think of going to meet him in Rochester; but on the whole I was quite as willing to write – the subject of my conference with Bishop Coxe being painful, at the best, painful to both of us. 

April 30th, 1867

March 12, 2008


Talked with Prof. Brocklesby, who asked me what I thought of coming here. I said there were some considerations in its favor – that it had seemed as if it would be pleasant to have the co-operations of old friends and pupils. He asked me if I had not had some trouble at Geneva. I replied, nothing that amounted to anything – that in the matter he referred to, the Trustees stood by me, and the thing was quite manageable. Called on Mrs. Brownell, who told me she had heard of the probability of my coming, and had cried over it for joy. She cried again over it while speaking of it to me. She has just entered her eighty-first year.

April 21st, 1867

March 12, 2008


Service at half past six in the Chapel. The order was that which Bishop Coxe used at St. John’s, Hartford, and which is indicated in his Notes on the Services. There were calla lilies on the Altar.

I made an address on, “Christ is risen,” and the power of the Resurrection, and Christ the Victor over Hades. At quarter to eleven we had full service, sermon and Holy Communion; text, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” At 7:30 P.M. read and preached in the Chapel a third time, on, “Never man spake like this man,” I also read service for Dr. Bissell at the children’s service at four. I never did so great a day’s speaking and reading; yet I do not feel tired now – at ten o’clock. Went with —- to distribute the calla lilies from the Chapel.

Thus has been filled up a very busy day, with many joys and some drawbacks. The worst feeling is that Lent is over and that I have profited so little by its holy discipline and its extraordinary service. I look back over it with very sincere regret. May God in mercy forgive my shortcomings and strengthen me by His grace to live in future more in accordance with His holy will.

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 8th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Somewhat weary in mind. May the greatest God grant me peace. A letter this morning from Bishop Williams, who will not give me up. He affirms that it is necessary for me to accept the office of president of Trinity College, Hartford. To all my questions concerning the affairs of that College he replies in a manner which pleases me. On account of this I was anxious the whole day. God direct me in the way of duty. I would do all things to the glory of God. Nine years to-day are finished from that day in which my office of president of Hobart College began. The greatest thanks to the best God for His tenderness towards me – His servant. Grant to me wisdom in this office in the future. I thrust in Him alone.

August 25th, 1858

November 9, 2006

In Hartford.  Prof. Pynchon came to see me.

May 8th, 1858

November 6, 2006

The whole College came to see us off – president, professors Pynchon and Eliot, and tutor Niles and all the students.  Bishop Williams and Dr. Coit were there.  I called upon the students to give three cheers and a tiger for our Alma Mater, which they did with a will, and immediately showed their good-will towards Hobart College in the same way.  They also sand “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Home, Sweet Home” and “Gaudeamus Igitur,” until the train began to move, and quickly, and with regret, we left Hartford.  I was — we were sad for a long time.
This was the greatest turning-point of my life.  May God grant guidance and blessing.  I do not wish to leave this place without being mindful of His presence.  Hartford and twenty-five years, in a brief moment of time, are relinquished forever.  Never again to be a citizen there!  No step backward in life!

April 21st, 1858

November 6, 2006

Breakfasted with Bishop DeLancey and set out for Hartford.

March 24th, 1858

November 1, 2006

Yesterday my going away was discussed in Faculty Meeting.  Dr. Goodwin and others thought it better for me to enter on my new duties with the least delay – that it would be more easy for me to take up my work at Hobart College if I began soon than if I lingered when an opportunity to go was granted me.  Then I could come back or remain, as might seem best to me.  Truly this showed a generous spirit and true liberality toward me.  Dr. Goodwin said they would divide my duties among them.  He, himself, undertook to teach Intellectual and Moral Philosophy.  Prof. Eliot the Constitution of the United States, and Prof. Davis and Mr. Niles the Latin.  I am not able to agree to this division in this way unless they who teach my classes receive a part of my salary.  I consulted about this matter with Thomas Belknap and Bishop Brownell and Dr. Washburn, who all thought as I did.

March 22nd, 1858

October 31, 2006

I write a letter in which I accept the office which has been brought to me.  I also write to Bishop DeLancey.  A day of great moment, in which I determine to go away from Hartford and from the College of the Holy Trinity where I have been for almost twenty-five years,– to go from the dearest home, — to separate myself from my most dear friends.  But duty calls and to obey is needful.

March 17, 1858

October 28, 2006

I went home by way of New York for the sake of seeing Bishop DeLancey; but he was not in, and I was not able to fulfill my promise.  However, I wrote a letter and left it for him.

March 8th, 1858

October 23, 2006

President Goodwin had a letter from Payne asking him to write to Bishop DeLancey.  I likewise received a letter from Bishop DeLancey asking me to inform him whether it was true that I could not be drawn away from Trinity College.  If this should be the case then it was not necessary to propose to me that I should be made president of Hobart College.  I have replied that in that case I should not thus have written to Trinity College, – i.e. that I was not able to accept the proposed condition.  If he, with the trustees of Hobart College, thought so great an office was suitable, I should soon decide what it seemed best to do, looking to the glory of God and His Church.

May 15th, 1857

October 18, 2006

P— talks to me about a professorship at S—. There are some good points about such a position. It is a dryer climate than Hartford, and would be better for my throat. I should have an adequate salary which I have not here. But there is little probability of anything from that quarter, and it is not well to waste a thought on it.

April 13, 1857

October 17, 2006

Easter-Monday. I do not feel sensibly fatigued from yesterday’s work in West Hartford, though I know well I need the rest of Sunday. For eleven years past I have not known this rest. All days have been to me work-days alike, and I cannot but feel the drain of such continuous intellectual toil, especially as I had extra work besides my parochial duties. Five years were given to editing the Calendar, and in College I had two or three professorships on my hands. I was professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Lecturer on Chemistry, &c. I lectured on Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology for ten years, besides teaching Mathematics, Latin, Rhetoric, Logic, Political Economy, &c. during the same period. I had also, during a considerable portion of this time, wearing domestic anxieties by reason of long-continued illness in my family. Taken all together the last ten or twelve years have been of a very exhausting character; and reason, if not feeling, teaches me that I ought to seek rest more than I have done.