April 21st, 1867

March 12, 2008


Service at half past six in the Chapel. The order was that which Bishop Coxe used at St. John’s, Hartford, and which is indicated in his Notes on the Services. There were calla lilies on the Altar.

I made an address on, “Christ is risen,” and the power of the Resurrection, and Christ the Victor over Hades. At quarter to eleven we had full service, sermon and Holy Communion; text, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” At 7:30 P.M. read and preached in the Chapel a third time, on, “Never man spake like this man,” I also read service for Dr. Bissell at the children’s service at four. I never did so great a day’s speaking and reading; yet I do not feel tired now – at ten o’clock. Went with —- to distribute the calla lilies from the Chapel.

Thus has been filled up a very busy day, with many joys and some drawbacks. The worst feeling is that Lent is over and that I have profited so little by its holy discipline and its extraordinary service. I look back over it with very sincere regret. May God in mercy forgive my shortcomings and strengthen me by His grace to live in future more in accordance with His holy will.


April 19th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Good Friday.

The day of Christ’s sacred death. I am present at service in the College Chapel, also Drs. Wilson and Metcalf. In the evening I preach a sermon on the preparation for the Holy Communion.

Write a letter to Dr. Hallam informing him that I shall come to New London on the 27th. inst.

April 18th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Junior examinations almost the whole morning in Logic and Psychology. In the evening I read service for Dr. Bissell, who preached concerning the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

April 17th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Wednesday. Ante-Communion, with sermon instead of morning prayers. I preach concerning the perfidy of Judas Iscariot.

I give the whole day to the senior examination in Moral Philosophy and Political Economy. Go into the junior examination in Greek. From two to three hear excuses for absences, and have the Register open.

I received a letter from the Bishop of Connecticut which informed me that all things pertaining to the office of president of Trinity College had advanced according to the decision; likewise asking that I would come there on my way to New London.

April 16th, 1867

March 12, 2008

After morning prayers seniors in Schlegal. My last recitation of this kind has terminated. At 11:30 I read service (Ante-Communion) and preach a sermon concerning the events and deeds of this day. Examine the seniors in Schlegal. I frequently think of the matter of Trinity College. May God direct me. May His will be done always in me.

College is most quiet since last Friday, — punishment being expected, and now imposed – six having been suspended.

March 24th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Read service, preached and administered the Holy Communion alone.

February 17th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Early Communion at nine. The Alpha Delt’s were almost the only students present.

January 26th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Called on Governor Hunt. He has been lying ill here- sinking under disease, for several months. He said, as he took leave of me, evidently feeling it to be his last, “I have strong faith, and I see bright visions in the future.” I was deeply impressed with his final interview. I always felt strongly drawn to Mr. Hunt, and he always produced on me the impression that he was a truly good man, and very right-minded in Church affairs.

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.

January 18th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Begin to re-write as a sermon, what I wrote, and what was printed as a Tract, in Tracts for the Christian Seasons, in England some fifteen years ago, on the Centurion, whose servant, &c.

January 11th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Read Chapel Prayer, morning and evening, as I did always last term. At nine hear seniors in Schlegel’s History of Literature. At 11:30 hear freshmen in Horace, and at four hove sophomores in Roman History. These last two recitations I am hearing for Dr. Metcalf, who is absent on account of his brother’s illness and death. Douglas Cornell called to talk with me about Mr. Lockwood – his alleged partiality in marking freshman last term. Mr. Cornell had spoken to me about it in Buffalo. I can’t believe there is anything in it.

January 10th, 1867

March 6, 2008

College opened at 10:30 with full Morning Prayer.

December 31st, 1866

March 5, 2008

Thus endeth 1866. We sat the old year out and the new year in. May God in mercy forgive me the sins which I have committed in the past year.

“If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Let such be the spirit with which I am to enter on a new year.

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.

December 16th, 1866

March 5, 2008

I officiated alone at the early Communion at nine – a very delightful service.

December 9th, 1866

March 5, 2008

At Chapel Dr. Rankine joined us at Morning Service, and read the Litany and prayers. Dr. Wilson preached. In the Evening Dr. Wilson and I read the Service, and Dr. Rankine preached. A very good sermon.

St. Peter’s Church is shut up to-day on account of moving the building to another part of the lot to give place for the Memorial Church. Thus it happened that Dr. Rankine could be with us.

October 1st,1866

February 28, 2008

Go to the cars and say good-bye to Mr. Williams, who left for Boston. Mr. Lockwood was there, and a few Alpha Delta Phi’s, but no others. I am sorry on many accounts to part with Mr. Williams but I think it best that he should go under all circumstances. I fear he would have made trouble for us here. He is impracticable to a certain extent, and I am afraid will be running his head against posts all through his life. He is very conscientious and faithful, but he is painfully self-conscious – never forgets self, but makes it a disturbing center of influence. I certainly recognize many fine qualities of mind and attainment, and earnestness and devotion in him, and I certainly wish him well, and I pray God that he may be prospered in his new work.

Read prayers in Chapel. I shall be the Chaplain now. I hear the sophomores in Natural Theology. At noon I have the seniors in debate. From two to four I have the College Register open and hear excuses.

September 30th, 1866

February 27, 2008

A great crowd at the Chapel to hear Mr. Williams for the last time. Both sermons to-day extemporaneous. I felt rather blue all day about Mr. Williams’ going away, and its being his last service.

September 29th, 1866

February 27, 2008

At Morning Prayer Mr. Williams read the Ante-Communion and gave an address on the Angelic Ministries – citing examples from scripture, very fluent and interesting.

We had Mr. Williams to dinner, and had a good deal of pleasant conversation.

September 21st, 1866

February 27, 2008

St. Matthew’s Day. Have the Ante-Communion for the Day, but no address.

September 19th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Mr. Williams left last evening to go to Boston to look up a house to live in there. I take the Chapel service till he returns. Besides hearing my class in Butler, I heard the sophomores declaim at 11:30.

On Sunday night Mr. Yates, brother of our student, Fred Yates, informed me of Frederick’s dangerous illness at his father’s in Waverly, of typhoid fever. Prayers were offered for him in the College Chapel last evening, and at Litany to-day. He remained at home after the term began to be present at his sister’s wedding.

September 9th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel, two full services, and sit in my pew. Mr. Williams alone, as he wished to be. First sermon somewhat fanciful, but pleasing. Second sermon extemporaneous.

September 6th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Attend Chapel service at 10:30 and sit in my pew. I was really detained, so that it was inconvenient for me to get in in time to take part in the service; but I have made up my mind not to do so while Mr. Williams remains with us, (he leaves October 1st. to become rector of the Church of the Messiah in Boston – to succeed Bishop Randall!) and whilst the relations between the President and the Chaplain are subject to the consideration of a committee of the Board of Trustees, as is the case. I went into the vestry and spoke with Mr. Williams after the service. He said he expected me in to take part – that this was one of the occasions on which he expected me to take part. I told him, after his request put in to the Board of Trustees, to be allowed to officiated alone, I certainly would not officiate again till that question was settled.

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.

July 8th, 1866

February 22, 2008

Preached the Baccalaureate sermon at the Chapel in the evening. The Chapel was very full and looked very brilliant. I now feel thankful that the Baccalaureate sermon is over. It gives me more solicitude than anything else about commencement. I pray God to bless its earnest words.

July 4th, 1866

February 22, 2008

There was no noise this morning, no ringing of bells, nor firing of cannon. We had Morning Prayer in the Chapel as usual – nothing special except prayer for Congress.

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 10th, 1866

February 21, 2008

In the evening the Bishop attended Divine service in College, preached on the three-fold nature of man, and confirmed three students, Dudley, Lee and Hutton.

May 21st, 1866

February 20, 2008

Monday in Whitsun-Week. The service was the Ante-Communion.

May 3rd, 1866

February 20, 2008

The summer term of College opened at 10:30 with full morning prayer, about a third of the students being present. I closed the service and gave a few words of welcome and exhortation to the students.