March 17, 1860

December 13, 2006

Look over grounds again with Mr. Upjohn and Mr. Douglas. Go down on the shore of the lake. Measure back to see how far the buildings ought to stand for proper effect – say 100 or 125 feet. His plan is this. We have 650 feet front; allow 200 at each side for professors’ houses – then fall back 125 feet and erect a building 250 feet long, Gothic and collegiate- and at one end (north) let the chapel come forward 700 feet, with chancel to the east, and at the south end let the library come forward in the same way and grade back so as to rise six inches in ten feet. Such is his plan. Leave the present buildings as they are and build the Chapel in its place and so also the library.


March 16th, 1858

October 26, 2006

In Chapel. Dr. Metcalf read service. Order and decorum ruled. The responses were not strong. There was a chancel and a suitable altar.
From thence went to meet Dr. Hale. Mr. Douglas came with him to see me. We talked long and much. They answered me satisfactorily. With Dr. Hale I saw the College, library, &c. Then met Dr. Reed with Drs. Hale and Metcalf and Mr. Douglas. Lunched with Dr. Metcalf at Mrs. DeLancey’s and left for Hartford. Returned with a mind thankfully touched by all I saw in Geneva — both persons and things belonging to the College. Dr. Hale showed especial refinement and mental cultivation, and likewise Mr. Douglas. From the first I have perceived that the work was a reasonable one for me, because I could find no just reason for not accepting it. All my past life seems to me to be a preparation for work of such a nature. It is clearly an easy and natural development. It may give a field for greater usefulness and authority, with greater cares and dangers. Payne talked long with me about Geneva. He declared that I ought to support this work.