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.

December 22nd, 1866

March 5, 2008

Call on General Martindale in Albany about our committee on raising funds for the College, appointed at the Diocesan Convention, of which he is a member.

December 7th, 1866

March 5, 2008

Write to Bishop Coxe about The People’s College, expressing my fear about his being drawn into a large expenditure. Told him I did not see how it would materially help the College.

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 23rd, 1866

March 4, 2008

Go to the printer’s get proofs, and spend a good deal of time over correcting them. Go to Mr. Hurd’s in the evening, and deliver up the notes I still hold of the endowment fund, and take a receipt for them.

November 8th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Work with Mr. Hurd, looking over account.

November 7th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Spent most of my time over accounts of endowment fund – to report upon at the next meeting of the Board, or to enable Mr. Hall, as auditor, to do so.

September 27th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Copy off Watson’s account and send it to his grandfather. Have a long talk with Dr. Rankine about his and my affairs.

September 26th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Made a long call on Mr. Burrall. Talked over matters about Mr. Fellows not subscribing to the College, and about the Chaplaincy.

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 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.

August 18th, 1866

February 26, 2008

A movement was started at the Convention to raise one hundred thousand dollars for Hobart College, and two thousand five hundred dollars was subscribed on the spot. I had stated that a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position, and General Martindale said he was struck by that statement. I stated that we had endowments to the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand, and buildings worth fifty thousand more – – two hundred thousand dollars in all, and no debts; and a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position.

July 15th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Had a talk with Rev. Mr. Irish of Geneseo, about that town and the Wadsworths. He thinks he can interest them to do something handsome for the College.

July 10th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Trustees met at ten. We went very quietly through the usual routine of business. I read my two memorials, one to the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning in the State of New York; the other to Trinity Church. Both quite long. The Board met again at three. I was Chairman, and presided. We all attended Chapel at five, when Dr. J.M. Clarke, of Syracuse, preached a sermon commemorative of Rev. Dr. Hale, late President of Hobart College. The opening was very beautiful, and it was all in excellent feeling.

Class Day exercises at Linden Hall in the evening. Brush was the orator; Meek, the poet, and G.H. Watson made the Paddle speech. E.R. Brown, of the junior class, received it. Brown abounded with dry wit and spoke exceedingly well.

About midnight came the burial of the Free College, with fantastic dresses and rites, instead of the burial of a book. Sophomores and freshmen were in it together.

June 25th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Copy the announcement I propose to make, of our changing the system of our College from free tuition to term bills. I have tried to make a very careful statement.

June 18th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Write a notice of Bishop Coxe’s lectures for the Gospel Messenger and send it off. Write part of an announcement of our change from the free system in College to term bills. Also write to the Gospel Messenger an announcement of the exercises in Commencement week.

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 30th, 1866

February 20, 2008

Work at my account. I find it very perplexing to trace out all the subscriptions and show that they were paid.

May 29th, 1866

February 20, 2008

Spend time over an account to the College of moneys collected by me.

April 28th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Call on Mr. T.W. Odgen, secretary of Society. Called on Mr. Dunscombe, comptroller of Trinity Church, and chairman of the Standing Committee, to which our memorial to Trinity Church had been referred, as Dr. Dix had informed me by letter. Mr. Dunscombe let me know that the committee had considered our application and were prepared to report – declining to give us pecuniary aid, as we had requested, but advising that we be allowed hereafter to charge term bills, as other colleges – – our second request.

April 26th, 1866

February 19, 2008

New York.

Call on Mr. James F. DePeyster and talk over relations between the College and the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning, of which he is the treasurer. He considers that the Society is under no further obligations to the College, except, it may be, in the matter of the five hundred dollar annuity. He is not sure about that, but will look further into it. He thinks the Society assumed certain obligations to the College and that it had entirely fulfilled them, and that the College had no further claim.

March 28th, 1866

February 14, 2008

Dr. Wilson has gone to Albany “to meet and consult with certain gentlemen”; perhaps it is about the Cornell University.

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.

March 3rd, 1866

February 14, 2008

Write on my memorial.

I received a letter to-day from Mr. Odgen, Secretary of the Society in New York, saying that they met last Wednesday and voted us a continuance of the annuities to the College for another year, and had appointed a committee of conference on the subject of their relations with us. God be thanked for this good news.

Bishop Coxe wrote that Bishop Potter behaves well about this matter, and promised a committee of conference, but that Dr. McVickar and Mr. Betts were violently opposed to us. He had not heard of the action of the Society when he wrote me on Thursday.

March 1st, 1866

February 14, 2008

Begin my petition to Trinity Church.

February 16th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Mr. Neely went with me to call on Dr. McVickar. I talked over the relations of the Society above to our College. The Doctor was courteous, but non-committal. Call on Mr. DePeyster, then go to the Vestry office of Trinity Church and finish my search in the records of the Society.

I have now accomplished the object of this visit to New York, which was to get the exact facts in regard to our relations with the Society, so that I can make a proper representation to it.

February 15th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Go down to the office of Trinity Vestry and devote much time to consulting the records of the Society referred to above. Went to see Dr. Dix at the Rectory, by appointment, in the evening, to talk about our College affairs. He thinks the Vestry will at once give us leave to charge tuition and room-rent. As to further endowment, he says it will be the policy of the Vestry, as he thinks, to first pay off their debts ($800,000) and then to make provision for the want of the parish-schools, missions, &c., and that it will be two years before their affairs will be adjusted, arising out of the falling in of leases in 1866, so that they will clearly know where they stand. So that things do not look very promising for our getting aid for the College.

February 13th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Go to Mr. DePeyster’s and copy off facts and figures of moneys paid by the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning to Geneva and Hobart College, from the beginning. Go to Pine Street to see the secretary, Mr. T.W. Odgen and get at his records. Get only a small part of the records – found only recent records and since 1840 with him. Go to Trinity Church vestry to meet him, where he thought the other records, (earlier) were deposited. The clerks could not find them, but promised to look them up.

February 10th, 1866

February 13, 2008

New York

Found Mr. DePeyster at his bank and got part of the information I wanted from him.