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 19th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Good Friday.

The day of Christ’s sacred death. I am present at service in the College Chapel, also Drs. Wilson and Metcalf. In the evening I preach a sermon on the preparation for the Holy Communion.

Write a letter to Dr. Hallam informing him that I shall come to New London on the 27th. inst.

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 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 19th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Wells (senior) came in to inquire about a book. We talked over confidentially, the Chaplaincy business, I asked him if he had any reason to think that the Chaplain was so over-shadowed by the President that his character as Chaplain and spiritual head of the College, was not clearly determined and recognized by the students. He said there was not the least ground for thinking so, and he had never heard such a thing suggested.

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 28th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Send a turkey to Dr. Wilson. Doctors Metcalf and Towler being boarding, I did not send to them, as in former years.

November 19th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Mr. Charles Collins of Angelica, who graduated here in 1834, called. I found him very well informed. He had a good deal to say about the pronounciation of Latin and Greek. I introduced him to Prof. Wheeler.

November 6th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Mr. Williams has come back for his family. He came to see me just before Evening Prayers, and I got him to read service. It was very pleasant to have him do so, and to see him 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 30th, 1866

February 27, 2008

A great crowd at the Chapel to hear Mr. Williams for the last time. Both sermons to-day extemporaneous. I felt rather blue all day about Mr. Williams’ going away, and its being his last service.

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.

September 22nd, 1866

February 27, 2008

Get letter from Russell, proposing his plan of instruction in elocution. Write to Bishop Coxe about it. Also write to S.S. Mallory, President of Trustees of the Village, about the sidewalk in front of the College. Read some Hebrew.

September 9th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel, two full services, and sit in my pew. Mr. Williams alone, as he wished to be. First sermon somewhat fanciful, but pleasing. Second sermon extemporaneous.

September 8th, 1866

February 27, 2008

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

September 7th, 1866

February 27, 2008

College is going into operation very quietly. I called on Mr. Williams to-day. He explained, at my request, his view as to what the President should do in the Chapel; it was this: to assist in the Holy Communion on Communion Sundays, to take part in the service at the opening of the term, on the occasion of the visit of the Bishop, and on any other extraordinary occasion. At all other times the Chaplain should be alone. He said he did not expect the Trustees to take any action on his request, contained in his report, and that he was very sorry he made the report; that it was “a blunder” on his part; that very likely he might, at another time, desire the President to officiate with him; and he might also desire to take part in the instruction, though in his report he had expressed his desire not to do so.

September 6th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel service at 10:30 and sit in my pew. I was really detained, so that it was inconvenient for me to get in in time to take part in the service; but I have made up my mind not to do so while Mr. Williams remains with us, (he leaves October 1st. to become rector of the Church of the Messiah in Boston – to succeed Bishop Randall!) and whilst the relations between the President and the Chaplain are subject to the consideration of a committee of the Board of Trustees, as is the case. I went into the vestry and spoke with Mr. Williams after the service. He said he expected me in to take part – that this was one of the occasions on which he expected me to take part. I told him, after his request put in to the Board of Trustees, to be allowed to officiated alone, I certainly would not officiate again till that question was settled.

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.

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.

May 22nd, 1866

February 20, 2008

Faculty meeting to read a communication from a committee appointed by the Chancellor of the University in reference to raising the standard for admission to College. It was agreed that I should return an answer after a certain tenor, in accordance, indeed, with my own views.

May 9th, 1866

February 20, 2008

Have not done much to-day. Have been very blue thinking of Russell’s going away. To-night Dr. Metcalf came up to talk over the matter with me, and said he was the more impressed with the correctness of my idea.

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.

January 23rd, 1866

February 12, 2008

After Chapel prepare a report for the meeting of our Board to-day. Meeting at ten in the Medical College library. Mr. Chedell came over. We had a harmonious and pleasant meeting, and passed on the usual business. Elected Prof. A.D. White in place of Hamilton White, deceased. We regretted Bishop Coxe’s absence from the meeting. He was obliged to go to Pittsburgh to preach the sermon of the consecration of Dr. Kerfoot. In the evening attend the Medical Commencement at Linden Hall – the first time it has been there. Two theses were read. One by Charles C. Eastman, and the valedictory to the class was by Prof. Allen, which was very sensible and good. The Castleton Cornet Band gave music at the call of Dr. Towler, who, by his mode of calling on them, created great merriment. This should be reformed another time. I conferred twelve degrees in course-two honorary, and one honorary A.M. The thing passed off well, though I could scarcely see in the audience a person belonging to good society to Geneva. The stage was well furnished with neighboring doctors; five of our trustees were present and most of our Academic Faculty. The object of having the Commencement in Linden Hall was to bring the College into notice. They have had a class larger than usual this term.