June 3rd, 1867

March 13, 2008

Mr. C— was emphatic in his regrets about my going away, and energetic in his disapproval of Mr. Douglas’ course.


April 20th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Mrs. DeLancey spoke with deep feeling of the warm regard which Bishop DeLancey had for me; how he regarded me as a companion, and confided in me. She could not endure that I should even entertain the thought of leaving the College and Geneva. She even spoke with tears of the possibility of my removal. She seemed to think that Mr. Douglas was responsible in good part, for my being willing to think of a removal.

February 9th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Finished directing catalogues to the Clergy of New York Diocese. Go to Syracuse and call on Judge Comstock and talk over the Law of Trusts with him, as it exists in this country. He said that Mr. Douglas’ idea that the founder could interpret statutes in case of disagreement, was no law of America, and could not be maintained here. He said that the statutes justified me in doing what I had done.

January 22nd, 1867

March 6, 2008

The Bishop took part in Morning Prayers and addressed the students on honesty, honor and truth. He spoke to the younger members especially.

Our Board of Trustees met at the Medical College at ten. We went through the usual routine business for the Medical College, and voted M.D. to eighteen students in course. The Chaplaincy business came up and occupied a good deal of time. Bishop Coxe opened the matter by referring to his correspondence with Mr. Douglas on the subject, and then stated his own views, both of the proper interpretation of the statutes for the Chaplaincy, and the relation required, by the nature of the case, to subsist between the President of the College and the Chaplain. He concurred in entirety and with great force of reason, in the view taken by the President, and in the action which he had taken accordance with those views. He thought the President had been exceedingly moderate in the exercise of a right clearly conferred on him by the statutes, as he (Bishop Coxe) understood them. He said if Mr. Douglas persisted in taking the view he had put forth on this subject, he saw no alternative but that we should refund and so release ourselves from an obligation which we not fulfill consistently with what the interests of the College would require. Mr. Douglas remarked that in that case he would devote the amount to Christian education on some other field “where it would be wanted.”

Mr. Douglas, when asked to state his views, read a paper containing what he had written to Bishop Coxe on the subject. Pretty long. Dr. Shelton expressed himself quite freely in concurrence with the Bishop. Mr. Ayrault also spoke in favor of Bishop Coxe’s view. No one sustained Mr. Douglas’ view. Finally it was resolved that the President be requested to put his own views of the proper relations between the President and the Chaplain, in writing, and submit them to the Board at its July meeting.

Mr. Douglas had expressed the opinion that with our present number of students, it did not matter about appointing a Chaplain – that things were going on well enough as they were. He said Mr. Swift had written to him, saying that he agreed with him that no appointment of Chaplain should be made until the relations between Chaplain and President were clearly defined.

Bishop Coxe, as Chairman of the Committee on Endowments, reported earlier in the day that the People’s College had providentially been thrown on his hands, and that he would require twenty thousand dollars to put it in working order, and that this must take precedence of the effort for the College. It was agreed that Bishop Coxe, as he proposed to do, should call attention to the wants of the College at the same time that he obtained money for the school.

But it thus becomes clear that our effort for the College must be deferred for a time – perhaps a year. And if at the end of that period I should engage in raising funds for the College, two or three years must elapse before I could ask leave of absence without detriment to its interests. I therefore determined to ask the Board for permission to be absent from College for about six weeks at the beginning of the next College year, in order to pay a visit to Europe immediately after commencement, which was very kindly granted – Dr. Shelton moving the resolution, and Mr. Douglas seconding it. I had always purposed, if God should spare my life, to go abroad at the end of ten years’ service to the College, and now I have been nearly nine years here, and at the ten years, as it now seems, it would not be convenient in view of the interests of the College, for me to go abroad.

            In the evening I attended the Commencement of Medical College at Linden Hall, and conferred the degrees. Dr. Towler gave the address on Life – quite spicy. The whole thing passed off quite well.

January 12th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Tell Mr. Douglas about our Committee meeting in Buffalo. Talk over Hodson’s case with him, in reference to getting aid from him in studying for the ministry.

December 1st, 1866

March 5, 2008

Bishop Coxe wrote me that he has an offer from Charles Cook’s heir of The People’s College for a female [sice] seminary – that and the Ch. And four acres of ground, all for twelve thousand dollars. He wants my opinion and wants me to consult Mr. Douglas. I went to see him immediately, but found him in Rochester.

November 24th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Go twice to the printing office and look over the press proof.

          I met Mr. Douglas in the street in his carriage to-day. He appears to be quite cordial.

September 17th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Go to Buffalo to see Bishop Coxe and Dr. Shelton about our endowment movement. We went to Bishop Coxe’s and talked over matters, particularly the endowment effort. Bishop Coxe agreed to preach a sermon in the Churches of Buffalo about New Years, and then we should go to work in earnest. We talked about Mr. Douglas and the Chaplaincy. Bishop Coxe thought it important to soothe Mr. Douglas, and keep matters quiet till after we have secured our hundred thousand dollars by the proposed effort. I said I was willing to let matters go on as they had gone – as if nothing had happened, or to have the Board agree what part I should take in Chapel service, or to leave it to the Bishop to determine. Beyond that I would not go.

September 12th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Judge Smith of Canandaigua, came over to see his son, and, in my study, I put before him the case between Mr. Douglas and myself, reading that portion of the statutes which is in dispute. He expressed no opinion, but took the statutes with him to the hotel to consider them. In the evening he informed me that he had carefully read and considered the statutes, and that he could not see how there was room for more than one interpretation of the passage in dispute, or of that taken in connection with the whole scope of the instrument, and that was the interpretation I had given, and acted on.

September 8th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Consult with Mr. Douglas about employing Mr. Russell to teach elocution.

August 24th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Talked with Mr. Douglas about the Chaplaincy. He stated his views, and I stated mine. He is very fixed in the idea that the Chaplain should alone perform the service, and that the President should take no part. Our conversation was perfectly friendly.

August 19th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Had a long talk with Bishop Coxe about College affairs, and Mr. Douglas’ position about the Chaplaincy.

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 11th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Preside at the speaking for White Rhetorical prize at Linden Hall. Seven speakers, all seniors but Blackwell.  Miller, Cowman, Knapp, Brush, Nicholas, Rice. Rice got the prize. Blackwell’s declamation was clearly the best. The Committee were Doctors Haight, Reed and Hull. Dr. Haight would have given the prize to Nicholas; and I think I should.

Met the committee of the Board on Faculty reports, and talked with them in the College Library.

Mr. Williams sent in his report as Chaplain, and said he would “wish hereafter to officiate alone in the service, except on rare occasions”. And the Committee reported to the Board, which met at half past five that Mr. Williams’ wish was in accordance with the statutes; from which I earnestly dissented, and said that it was expressly put in the statutes, at my suggestion, that the President may take part in the Chapel services, as well as direct how the Chaplain shall perform them; and that the language is explicit and unqualified – “May take part in the service”. It therefore depends on himself whether he will do so or not. It is at his option. Mr. Douglas urged the opposite view, and the matter was referred back to the Committee. Bishop Coxe took my view calmly, but earnestly at a later stage. He had not arrived in town when the matter first came up.

Prof. White made me an address before the Alumni in the evening on architecture.

Sat up late completing my lists of names, order of procession, &c. Wrote a prayer for Commencement.

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.

May 8th, 1866

February 20, 2008

Study Hebrew. Write letters to Bishop Coxe, Dr. Van Rensselaer and Mr. Douglas, about Mr. Russell’s proposal to resign his professorship and take a parish at Ridgefield, Connecticut. He came and told me to-day that he had such a call, and that he felt that his health was suffering from the depressing influence of this climate on his nervous system, giving him most distressing headaches and disqualifying him for intellectual effort, and that the matters grows worse and worse. I said I would deeply regret his leaving us, but he must do what his health required; that I would never stand in the way of the true interest of a friend.

            I suggested to Dr. Metcalf to-day that the best thing we could do would be to qualify Lockwood (young as he is) for Russell’s post. He concurred in the suggestion.

April 17th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Go with Mr. Douglas and see about a place for a boat-house for the Sig’s Society boat.

March 7th, 1866

February 14, 2008

Mr. Douglas thought it best to expand my memorial so as to include our appeal for an increased endowment from Trinity Church.

February 24th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Mr. Douglas was greatly pleased with my memorial and said the Society could not refuse to grant what it asked. Williams and Russell both expressed great satisfaction over it.

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.

February 21st, 1866

February 13, 2008

Work on memorial and read it over to Mr. Douglas, who is one of our committee, and get his suggestions, which are very good. I heard Coolbaugh yesterday read his oration for Washington’s birthday, and criticized it. He preferred to have my criticism rather than Prof. Russell’s, I know not why.

January 24th, 1866

February 12, 2008

Call on Mr. Douglas on business, and embrace the opportunity to talk with him about the chess and whist parties. He wrote me a note two days ago showing serious disaffection towards the College, proposing to withdraw from the Committee on Endowment, and saying he doubted if he would give anything towards it – – that the Trustees had not shown such fidelity in administering trusts as to invite gifts. Then Mr. Russell informed me that Mr. Douglas had said to Mr. Williams the other evening that he disapproved of the cards being allowed at my house (referring to my wife’s chess and whist parties) and did not know that he would be justified in giving towards the proposed endowment. (!)

            As to fidelity, I supposed, after thinking a good while, for I had to think a long while before I could imagine to what he referred, I concluded he must refer to the Board’s giving Mr. Neely leave of absence during the most of the last term he was connected with the College, and yet still continuing his salary to the end of the term and through the vacation. The Trustees considered it only justice to Mr. Neely, but Mr. Douglas did not like it.

            As to the chess parties, I said that my wife thought of nothing but chess; but she found there were not enough chess players to make the gatherings pleasant, while there plenty of people who were very fond of whist. So she concluded, contrary to her first intention, to include whist-players – not dreaming that anybody would be offended at it.  Mr. Douglas said he had mentioned to Mr. Williams that he was afraid my example – the fact that cards were played in my house – would have the effect to encourage it among the students. I told him that there was no law against it now; that I had said to the students when I found them playing, that there was no harm in it, only they must not misuse their time in playing; and that before I left Hartford the Faculty of Trinity College had by unanimous vote repealed the law against card-playing as being a snare to the consciences of students who were in the habit of playing at their homes and in society. Public opinion had so entirely changed on this subject.

            Mr. Douglas spoke quite mildly and reasonably about the matter, and I trust has not been seriously alienated at our allowing cards in our house on one or two occasions.

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.

December 16th, 1864

January 24, 2008

A meeting, at the Bishop’s, of the Directors of the Ayrault Scholarships. Mr. Douglas did not come. We transacted the routine business and left Southgate and Lightner’s case for further consideration.

September 10th, 1864

January 8, 2008

Call up Bissell and Blackwell and admonish them for raising a disturbance at John Smith’s last night, trying to haze freshmen. Call on Dr. Bissell and talk with him about our Chapel services in the evening, as affecting the attendance of this Church in the afternoon. He does not think that any ill effect is produced. Mr. Douglas thinks there is; and is strong against the evening Chapel services.

August 13th, 1864

January 4, 2008

There was a meeting of the Committee on the Chaplaincy, with power to elect, at the Bank of Geneva. Doctors Jackson and Rankine and Messrs. J.A. Hawley and S.H. Ver Planck being present. Rev. Joseph H. Coit of St. James’ College having been nominated by Bishop DeLancey and William B. Douglas, was unanimously elected by this Committee.

August 9th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Mr. Douglas talked with me about the Assistant Bishop, and the way support was provided in Connecticut. It does not appear that the Bishop has indicated any preference yet.

August 6th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Talked with Mr. Douglas about notice being given in the Messenger that the Bishop intends to ask for an assistant. I urged its expediency and he assented.

July 9th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Sent off the White Essays, three in number. Was present at Dr. Metcalf’s examination in Latin. Call on Mr. Douglas about College matters, and agree on our report on income. Get Mr. Douglas, the Bishop, and Dr. Bissell to agree to the Alumni Dinner, and go and persuade Mr. Stafford to get up the dinner at $1.25 a head for eighty people, sure.

June 17th, 1864

January 2, 2008

Consult Mr. Douglas about doubling scholarships, the special meeting, &c.