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.

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.

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.

November 6th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Mr. Williams has come back for his family. He came to see me just before Evening Prayers, and I got him to read service. It was very pleasant to have him do so, and to see him again.

October 21st, 1866

February 28, 2008

Allen has got up a new choir, and the music and everything went smoothly and well.

October 7th, 1866

February 28, 2008

The Chapel had but few ladies, as was to be expected after two such crowded meetings as we had before Mr. Williams left, and especially as the attraction now is gone.

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.

April 1st, 1866

February 15, 2008

Easter Sunday.

The College bell rang at half past five. Service began at six. Mr. Williams conducted it according to Bishop Coxe’s scheme, which he used to have at St. John’s, Hartford. It was very jubilant and exhilarating. It began with a carol written by Bishop Southgate. The music was excellent – in good taste, and no failure. Mr. Williams gave a short address – an Easter Greeting, extempore – very joyous and animated. The Chapel was beautifully adorned with flowers, font, altar and screen, (a cross adorned with flowers surmounting the screen with fine effect) by the taste and care of Van Voast. There were perhaps twenty ladies out and half of the students, or a little more.

            At quarter to eleven we had the full Morning Service and a sermon by the Chaplain.

October 19th, 1864

January 16, 2008

Dr. Hallam was at College Chapel. He admired the building exceedingly. Thought it “a perfect gem” and said he had never seen young men behave so well in a college chapel.

September 25th, 1864

January 8, 2008

Thermometer 48o this morning. Have a fire in the furnace at the College Chapel.

September 11th, 1864

January 8, 2008

I have engaged Brooks for the Chapel music for the year at one hundred dollars. We had the second service at half past four o’clock, for economy of gas and to avoid outsiders.

September 7th, 1864

January 8, 2008

The Chapel has been repainted and colored anew in the vacation. The tint of the roof, pure ultra-marine, is wonderfully beautiful. The fire has been the occasion of a great improvement in the looks of the Chapel.

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!

June 29th, 1864

January 2, 2008

Write to Charles M. Allen of De Veaux College, who wrote to me to-day that he would certainly come to College next year and take charge of the organ and the music of the Chapel. I am delighted to hear this. We have had such a world of trouble about our music, and Allen is said to be a superior musician.

June 4th, 1864

January 2, 2008

See to having the font replaced in the Chapel at noon.  It has been renewed by the marble worker, and looks nearly as well as before its injuries at the time of the fire.

June 3rd, 1864

January 2, 2008

Read prayers as usual in the Chapel.  Bishop and Mrs. DeLancey were there.  They have now for a week past become constant attendants on the daily service of the Chapel.

May 17th, 1864

December 14, 2007

Saw Kirby, who desired that I should not write home about his suspension, to which I agreed.

See about getting the font taken down town to be repaired by the Marble Works.

May 12th, 1864

December 13, 2007

We have the organ in use again. It is right pleasant to hear its tones once more. Except for the smell of smoke one would scarcely know there had been a fire in the Chapel.

May 8th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Divine Service in the Chapel again for the first time since the fire. The carpenters’ work is done and we leave the painting, varnishing, tinting, &c. till the long vacation. The organ is not yet in order. The Chaplain preached, and he referred to his going away and speaking to some for the last time.

May 5th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Ascension Day.

College opened with a full service and sermon. Find that the carpenters have finished their work in the Chapel. We shall have it cleaned out and get into it on Sunday. The organ remains to be put in order, but we will use the melodeon. Go to see Bishop DeLancey. He tells me, to my deep regret, that Doctors Rochester and White of Buffalo pronounced that one of the valves of his heart is diseased, and that he must keep very quiet and not indulge in any exciting scenes- – That he may live eight or ten years by keeping quiet, but may go at any time. This announcement saddened me very much, but I thank God for what he has enabled him to do for His Church.

April 16th, 1864

December 12, 2007

See Mr. Hurd and Gaylord and Wilson about getting the damages to the Chapel appraised. They agree to have it done by Monday.

April 15th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Write to the Gospel Messenger a notice of Russell’s entering on his duties in the College; also a notice about scholarships; also an account of the fire in the Chapel.

April 13th, 1864

December 12, 2007

While I was at breakfast Doane the organist, came and said the chapel was so full of smoke that he did not think we could have prayers. I went over at once. On opening the vestry door I was met by such a smell of burning wood and such dense smoke that I could scarcely enter. I saw in a moment that the building was on fire and thought of the double floor and that if we could keep the fire below the floor till the engines could be brought to play on it might be saved. I called to the janitor to ring the bell and sent Doane down town to raise the alarm and get the engines up. Meanwhile I got out the books from the Altar and the alms basins and the robes. The engines were very soon on the ground and by God’s blessing the Chapel was saved. Above the floor the building was injured by smoke, water and tearing up a small section. It is thought that $600 will repair the damages. The font was injured somewhat.

Meanwhile, we began the day with prayers in the old Chapel. Nothing more was done in College to-day. Everyone was worn out with the excitement and effort. I wrote the insurance company. We had $6,000 in all; $5,000 on the building and $1,000 on the organ in three companies in equal parts.

March 27th, 1864

December 7, 2007

Easter Sunday.

The choir had taken great pains to get up the music for this service in Chapel and Mr. Neely had secured the aid of three ladies. They sang the anthem and the proper Psalms. There were from twenty to thirty ladies in the Chapel, and some gentlemen from the village. This service was at half past six A.M.

March 12th, 1864

December 7, 2007

Mr. Neely and Mr. Darby called.  They had been up to see Mr. Douglas about some illumination for the paneling over the Altar in the Chapel, which Darby has been preparing;  But Mr. Douglas will assent to nothing till he can consult Mr. Upjohn, which makes it too late for Easter, by which time Mr. Neely hoped to have it completed.

February 24th, 1864

December 6, 2007

We had the opening in the chimney of the Chapel to the west closed with a board to-day to avoid gas and obstruction of the draft by westerly winds.  yesterday the windows were made tight, so I trust we shall be more comfortable hereafter.  Got up at quarter of two, went over to C.L. Wells’ room and found Wells, Coolbaught and Drinker there a good deal exhilarated.  I questioned them, and left.

February 21st, 1864

December 6, 2007

The singing in Chapel was unusually good, particularly the Te Deum.  Mr. Neely arranged it with the Sigs, who are the best singers in College, to take charge of the music on the side of the cantoris.  The offer came from Chester on behalf of his brother Sigs.

            Had a long talk with Neely about the secret societies, their relations to him, &c.  They claim that he is unfriendly to them and trying to root them out and hence they felt unfriendly to him.  Mr. Neely said that they knew perfectly well his sentiments, for they had sent delegations to him and he had told them fully that when they did well (upheld good morals and good order) he favored them;  when they did not he went against them.

February 17th, 1864

December 6, 2007

Thermometer three below zero: strong wind and snow flying.  Chapel only twenty-five degrees at Morning Prayer.  I asked Neely to shorten the service, and he merely read the prayers.  At Litany it was no better.  At six P.M. it was twenty-two degrees!

Mr. Douglas wrote me a note to-day saying he had been at the Chapel about eleven and found it too cold (!) and he thought the draft was good and that the ventilators in the windows were the source of the difficulty.  But both are the sources.

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.