April 23rd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Busy about filling forms for reports of standing, directing envelopes, 7c. Preside at the junior exhibition in the evening. Halsey spoke the most effectively. The burlesque was rather scurrilous. They made Prex figure largely. One of the best speakers was suspended, and did not appear. At Evening Prayers I made a few remarks to the students in dismissing them, and commended them to God’s blessing.


February 22nd, 1867

March 7, 2008

Washington’s Birthday, and a holiday in College. Exercises in Linden Hall in the evening. The Performances were creditable. Last night two milliner’s signs were carried off, and Miss Bridge’s gate – by students, no doubt.

December 18th, 1866

March 5, 2008

After Evening Prayers dismiss the College with a little speech. I spoke of the fewness of our rules. First, the law of the land; second, the law of Christianity- we expect all to behave as Christian gentlemen, to observe the law of honor; third, we have a few rules, well known and fitted to promote the conveniences of all, and not burdensome to any.

The sophomore exhibition was given in the evening. Twelve speakers. Judges, Dr. Rankine, Rev. Mr. Edson, of Clifton Springs, and Mr. F.O. Mason, of Geneva. The first prize was awarded to Beverly Chew; the second to W.J. Cleveland. The Committee were long out, and found it very difficult to agree. The class had no supper. The programmes, printed at Auburn, failed to arrive, so that the speakers and pieces had to be announced. I had a proof. There was a burlesque by the freshmen – a very poor thing.

August 5th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Write to Chancellor Pruyn about the University Convocation.

August 2nd, 1866

February 26, 2008

Deliver my address to a very crowded house, and pronounced the benediction. There were about five hundred teachers in attendance, and the whole convention appears to have been a very successful one. The Genevans did all in their power to make it pleasant for their guests. The male teachers were at the hotel, but the female ones (two hundred and fifty) were guests of the citizens. We had four from Syracuse, and found them very pleasant.

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.

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 30th, 1866

February 21, 2008

Mr. Williams preached a farewell sermon to the seniors on their walk towards them that are without – towards Romanists, heretics, sectarians. I should think it would give great offense. There were many Presbyterians and Low Churchmen present. He left dissenters to the uncovenanted mercies of god – they only got the droppings from the Church!

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.

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 14th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Breakfast very early. Meeting of the Board at eight to pass on the A.B’s and some other matters. Prayers in Chapel at 9:15 and the Bishop pronounced the Benediction. We immediately moved to Linden Hall, Dr. Towler acting as marshal. Everything passed off finely. The speaking was unusually good and much praised. The salutatory by Lockwood and the valedictory by Jacobus, in particular, were the objects of the highest praise. Each in its way was the best I have ever heard here, or remember to have heard elsewhere. The Syracuse band played. Governor Hunt read the report of the Committee on the speaking yester. We got out about half past one and dined at the Veazey House at half past three (promised at three) – a very fair dinner. I presided. A.C. Powell spoke for Alma Mater, Judge Dusinberre and Rev. John Brainard to “Sister Colleges.” Mr. Neely was called out as the retiring Chaplain, and Prof. Russell as a new-comer. Vail spoke for the “Press”. We had a fully attended levee at our house till eleven, followed by the Commencement Ball.

So ends Commencement!

July 13th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Preside at the speaking for the White Rhetorical at 10:30. The prize was given to Robie, though all were highly praised.

I met the Committee on Honors at the Bishop’s at four.

The Sigs had a poem and oration before their Society to-night. I could not attend, being very busy.

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.

July 10th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Mr. Neely preached and took a sort of farewell of the students at the close. At quarter to seven the Chapel was crowded. The seniors occupied the front pew. We had two students for ushers. I preached, and the Bishop read the concluding Prayers and pronounced the Benediction. I always feel a sense of relief when the Baccalaureate is over.

July 9th, 1864

January 3, 2008

Sent off the White Essays, three in number. Was present at Dr. Metcalf’s examination in Latin. Call on Mr. Douglas about College matters, and agree on our report on income. Get Mr. Douglas, the Bishop, and Dr. Bissell to agree to the Alumni Dinner, and go and persuade Mr. Stafford to get up the dinner at $1.25 a head for eighty people, sure.

May 31st, 1864

December 14, 2007

Dr. Rankine came to talk over the matter of the adjudging of the prizes at the junior exhibition.

April 26th, 1864

December 12, 2007

The Board of Trustees met at four. We had a long discussion on Mr. Neely’s request of leave of absence from May 15th to September 15th, with substitution of Rev. Mr. Bush in his place. I think all the members of the Board would have readily agreed to it; but Mr. Douglas, with whom, and with the Bishop, lies the power of nomination to the Chaplaincy, opposed both the absence and the substitution. Finally he agreed to leave of absence till Commencement, but would on no account agree to Bush’s taking Neely’s place. We had to yield. I was sorry, and wished for a different result, and spoke for it.

The junior exhibition took place at Linden Hall at half past seven. Twelve speakers. They spoke well and showed the effect of Prof. Russell’s training, short as it had been – only three weeks, particularly in their easy and self-possessed carriage and bearing, and a certain gentlemanly manner and a noticeable correctness and good taste. Wells got the first and Richardson the second prize. The Judges were Doctors Rankine, Hull and Guion. The audience would have given the first prize to Crouchen.

April 22nd, 1864

December 12, 2007

We met in the old Chapel to hold an extemporaneous celebration of Shakespeare’s tercentenary birthday. There was a considerable number of citizens present besides the Faculty and students. I presided, read prayers, and made a little address, then called on Dr. Wilson who also made an address. I then called out Prof. Russell at whose instance the celebration was gotten up; and he read from Henry the VIII, of Woolsey’s fall and from “Much Ado” &c.

February 22nd, 1864

December 6, 2007

Holiday in College.  Write an addition to the prayer to be used suited to the state of the country.  Public exercises in Linden Hall in the afternoon.  Wells read Washington’s Address, Vielé gave the oration, did handsomely, spoke well;  P.D. Pierce read a poem, very patriotic and well received.  I presided.

February 18th, 1864

December 6, 2007

Announced to the seniors the decision of the Trustees in regard to class day, and to the juniors the decision to hire Linden Hall for their exhibition.  I also announced that I would give a prize this year- without making it a precedent- or settling at present whether it should be one or two.

February 15th, 1864

December 6, 2007

Talk with Mr. Douglas of the heating of the Chapel and its difficulties;  proposed to close up the westerly opening of the chimney.  He agrees to do so.

The Board met to-night at Mr. Burrall’s, he not being able to come out.  Rankine, from the committee on class-day, reported a resolution against it, which was adopted, I think, unanimously.  Voted to hire Linden Hall for junior and sophomore exhibition, so as to relieve the students of the expense.

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.

December 18th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Sophomore exhibition took place; Leffingwell, Brainard and Dr. R. Stone, judges. Ives got first prize, Coolbaugh second. College dismissed at Evening Prayer.

December 9th, 1863

November 28, 2007

Get prizes for sophomore exhibition. See Judge Smith and arrange for form of demand of payment by Mr. Ayrault’s executors of the $20,000.

November 19th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Make appointments for prize exhibition. Fourteen speakers in the sophomore class. Think we shall have a good exhibition.

November 4th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Go to Syracuse and see Prof. White and the other executors about the Prize Fund. Saw Professor and Hamilton White. Visit entirely satisfactory.

October 29th, 1863

November 21, 2007

Glorious bright day as ever shone. At half past ten we robed in the College laboratory- the Bishop and twenty-three clergy (in surplices) went in procession at eleven to the new Chapel. The service most impressive and perfectly performed.

Evening Service in the Chapel at seven. The Bishop confirmed three students and addressed them. It has been a perfect and memorable day.

July 16th, 1863

November 15, 2007

Meeting of the Board at eight. Procession at half past nine; Commencement at ten; dinner at three; levee at half past eight to half past eleven. Glad when it was all over. News of Dr. Hale’s death came just at dinner.

July 15th, 1863

November 15, 2007

Prize speaking at ten. At half past three go to hear Parke before the Alumni. In the evening go to concert at Linden Hall- Seventh Regiment Band; very fine.