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.

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July 2nd, 1866

February 22, 2008

After Morning Prayers matriculate the sophomores. It had been delayed by their being suspended at the proper time, and by various other considerations. Then lecture on the history of the Church down to Constantine. Then arrange and publish order of examinations. Register open from two to four.

December 18, 1860

April 2, 2007

At four, College prayers and Matriculation. I delivered an extemporaneous address on “College life a probation”; and Bishop DeLancey, who was in the Chancel, followed with appropriate remarks on what he considered the defects of colleges in his day. The chief were a want of punctuality and a want of thoroughness. He instanced persons whom he had known who could repeat long passages from Homer and Horace from memory and wanted to know if those present could do so. In the evening the sophomore exhibition took place in Linden Hall. Speaking very fine. First prize awarded to Conger and second to Ashley. Prof. Wheeler was greatly outraged at the decision- said Eddy should have had the first prize.

December 17, 1860

April 2, 2007

At my room from two to four excusing absences. In the evening call at Bishop DeLancey’s to invite him to our Matriculation to-morrow. Find Rev. Dr. H. McCurdy there, who has come to confer with the Bishop as to taking the rectorship of the training school.

December 21st, 1858

November 21, 2006

After Evening Prayers I read aloud the promise to be obedient to the College. Then all who were prepared to give their names to the Head of the College were bidden to write their names in the Matriculation-book. After the signing, I made them a twenty-minute address about the meaning of this ceremony, and the way in which their Alma Mater therefore relies on them to do their duty. The whole oration was received by the students with applause, which I do not like, nor would I permit it to be done again.
Sophomore prize exhibition at Linden Hall in the evening. Twelve students from this class distinguished themselves in speaking. All spoke well: but T. Merriman received the first prize, and R. M. Duff the second. The class had a dinner afterwards, but without wine or anything to drink except water.