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 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.

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.

July 12th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Busy early getting ready for the meeting of the Board at ten. It lasted till one, and met again at five. We had a meeting of the Committee on Honors at nine and again at four.

The reading of the prize essays took place at the Medical College at three.

January 26th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Write to George A. Stone, Dr. Horton’s executor, about sending on the library to the College (Dr. Horton having so bequeathed it) and also about his subscription.

Attend Medical Commencement in the evening and confer the degree of M.D. on six graduates and honorary M.D. on one person.  A number of our academic students were in the back part of the hall and rather noisy in their applause.

January 25th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Met Dr. Bissell and Mr. Gaylord at Medical College to look over it in reference to repairs, as directed by a resolution of our Board.  Dr. Towler accompanied us.  We found a good deal requiring attention, walls, floors, plastering, &c.

January 19th, 1864

November 29, 2007

Had a meeting of the Board at my study- adjourning there from the Medical College.  We discussed chiefly the affairs of the Medical College.  It was clearly the sentiment of the Board that we should require the Faculty to put and keep the building in good repair, and observe strictly the statutes as a condition of our appointing a professor.  They empowered me to confer the Medical Degrees at the Medical Commencement.  The consideration of class-day was postponed.  We adjourned to meet in four weeks.

January 20th, 1863

November 6, 2007

            Our Board met at ten at the Medical College. We transacted the usual business, and elected the Rev. F.T. Russell to the Chair of Rhetoric and Elocution.

            In the evening preside at the Medical Commencement and graduate eight doctors. Write to Prof. Russell.

July 15th, 1862

October 5, 2007

Met committee on honors at Bishop DeLancey’s. Preside at the reading of the White Prize Essays at the Medical College at four. Sutphen took the first and Lawson the second prize. At seven, meet committee on nomination of professors at Bishop DeLancey’s. Preside at eight in the Medical College at the reading of the Cobb Prize Essay – awarded to B.W. Woodward. No second prize was awarded. There were two competitors, but the second piece was not regarded as coming up to the standard which ought to be maintained. This Cobb Prize was founded in the name of my wife and her brother, to commemorate their mother, and this was the first award. At nine I returned to the Bishop’s to continue our committee meeting on nominating professors. Agree to nominate Dr. Towler, Prendergast Professor of Natural Philosophy; but did not find ourselves in a position to recommend anyone for the Chair of Rhetoric.

January 21st, 1862

September 24, 2007

Got a letter from Mr. Swift saying that he will give the Wisconsin farm and the one thousand acres of land in Michigan towards his subscription.
Long and important session of the Board of Trustees; but we did not finish the principal business, i.e. of setting apart $40,000 for the two Professorships, and the payments of the debts of the College. We lacked Mrs. Prendergast’s permission to institute the professorship of natural philosophy. Preside in the evening at the Commencement of the Medical College and confer the degrees. There were six graduates. Dr. Towler delivered a spirited valedictory, severe on quackery.

June 25, 1861

July 12, 2007

Up early and busy getting ready for meeting of the Board.  Prayers at half past eight in Chapel.  Board met at ten, but no quorum till twelve.  Meanwhile we talked over matters.  We then went through the usual routine of business. There being no quorum of the Committee on Honors we had no action in this direction. I made a verbal report about the endowment and finally read Mr. Swift’s letter to me proposing to secure $3,000.  No action was taken.  Mr. Chedell, Mr. Smith and Mr. Tuttle dined with us at half past two.  At four presided at the reading of the Prize Essays – Palmer’s and Gibson’s at the Medical College.  Did not get more than two hours sleep – awakened by freshmen returning from a supper at twenty minutes to three.

January 22, 1861

April 2, 2007

I heard my recitation rather hastily in order to prepare for the meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Medical College at ten o’clock.

John DeLancey called to say his father had returned from Buffalo with so severe a cold he could not come out, and if we could not make a quorum without him we must come to his room. We waited a good while for a quorum, talking over matters informally. Finally when the cars from the west came Mr. Ayrault of Canandaigua joined us; but though we had Mr. Fellows from out of town, we still wanted one for a quorum: so we adjourned to Bishop DeLancey’s bedroom and there transacted business. We did not do much except the regular routine of business for the Medical Department. We passed a formal vote to accept Mrs. Prendergast’s Declaration about her professorship, pure and simple, and inform her of our proceedings. A petition was received from the senior class desiring that the competition for the White Rhetorical be restricted to the senior class – it being now open to juniors also. The Board were of the unanimous opinion that they have no power to alter the statutes deliberately agreed to by Mr. White and requested me so to inform the class. I presided at the Medical Commencement in the evening and conferred the degrees- nine regular and one honorary.

January 21, 1861

April 2, 2007

Busy to-day getting up report and making ready for the meeting of the Board to-morrow- for the Commencement of the Medical College. Copy in large hand the Prayer for the Medical College into my Commencement Book.

January 2, 1861

April 2, 2007

I went this morning to the Medical College with Prof. Pynchon of Trinity College to show him our Cabinet, which he pronounced very fine- far superior to theirs at Trinity.

March 22, 1860

December 13, 2006

Go to Mr. J.W. Taylor’s lecture on the geology of New York.  It was in the hall of Medical College.

January 18, 1859

November 30, 2006

All day with the Trustees.  Preside at the Commencement of the Medical College.

June 29th, 1858

November 7, 2006

Examinations. The White Essays are read in the Medical College in the afternoon. First prize was won by Charles D. Vail; the second by Post.

Geneva Medical College

Geneva Medical College – photo from the Hobart & William Smith Colleges Archives.