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 15th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Monday in Holy Week. Sophomores in Natural Theology. At 11:30 I read the service, and preached a sermon on the figtree which Christ cursed.

I suspend those who were caught blowing the horn twenty-eight days, — Van Voast, Worden, Hutton, North, Mann and Hall. Write letters to the parents.

April 14th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Palm Sunday.

Read service and preached at Trinity Church. Text, I Cor. 15:22. I was alone in the very longest services of the whole Christian year. In the afternoon the rector read service and I preached concerning Jesus Christ always a Saviour, Heb. 13:8. In the evening in College Chapel I read the service and Dr. Bissell preached. It was a good sermon.

March 25th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Feast of the Annunciation. Ante-Communion. I preached concerning the Catholic faith, on The Word made Flesh. The students listened willingly.

Heard a debate at 10:30—Bridge and Neely. I struggle almost in vain to write a sermon concerning the Christian Church – a dissertation which I had agreed to deliver before the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning in New York.  Gave an hour after dinner to the official reports of the professors. Prof. Pynchon sent me a message that he would write me in a few days concerning college matters. Hence this Hartford matter will go on. I hoped it might be that this might rest in peace, but the fates decree otherwise. Talked with —- about Hartford and Trinity College matters, and the attempt to draw me there.

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.

November 30th, 1866

March 4, 2008

St. Andrew’s Day

Awake early, turning over in my mind my little address for this day in the Chapel. Read the Ante-Communion service at morning Chapel, and gave an address of fifteen minutes, first sketching the life of St. Andrew, and then speaking on that saying of John the Baptist to the two disciples “Behold the Lamb of God.”

Read in Juvenal. I was always very partial to Juvenal, and I once had a great deal nearly committed to memory. I heard classes in it for many years in Trinity College, where for ten years I had sole charge of the Latin department. Prof. Stewart was Professor of Ancient Languages but he gave up the Latin entirely to me.


November 29th, 1866

March 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Day.

Proclaimed by the President of the United States, by the Governor of the State, and by the Ecclesiastical authority. We had service in the College Chapel at quarter to eleven – just the service appropriate to the day, without a sermon. It took three-quarters of an hour. The music went well. There were more students present than I expected.

In the evening we had our students’ party. They danced in both parlors till one o’clock to the music of a piano and violin. The Hackmen scolded tremendously because the young people could not be gotten away, and they had to stand in the rain from one to two hours. There were only a few students here who did not dance, and those were much interested in looking on.

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.

March 26th, 1866

February 14, 2008

This being Holy Week we have no recitation at 11:30. Instead we have at eleven the Ante-Communion and an address by the Chaplain.

July 4th, 1862

October 5, 2007

Clergy of the village, including Bishop DeLancey, met at the Franklin House. The procession was formed, and I rode with General Swift, President of the day, Mr. W.E. Sill, Vice-president, and Mr. Rogers, Chief of the Village Authorities. There were several carriages and a company on horse-back, but no footmen. After going through the main streets we entered Linden Hall, where the usual exercises took place and Judge Folger delivered an address on the duties of Government and citizens. Bishop DeLancey gave the benediction.

November 1st, 1861

August 7, 2007

All Saints’. We for a year past and more have on the Saints’ days the ante-communion of the day, and at the close of the Gospel the Gloria in Excelsis;  then the Nicene Creed followed by Collects and the Greater or Lesser Benediction.  Made preparation for the meeting of the Board on Monday.  Deliver up a batch of notes to Mr. Hurd and take his receipt.

Christmas Day 1860

April 2, 2007

We had in the Messrs. Spalding- resident graduates, and of the students, Whallon, Gibson and Ashley to dinner.  Things went off very pleasantly.  No wine.  I avoided wine for the students’ sakes and the example to them.

December 2, 1860

April 2, 2007

Advent Sunday. May God bless me and enable me this coming Christian year to live according to the mind of Christ Jesus, my Lord.

March 9, 1860

December 13, 2006

Had a letter from Hills of Syracuse for whom I offered to preach next Sunday, saying that on account of the Bishop’s coming there on the 28th inst. he wanted every opportunity to preach on confirmation, and would like to have me defer my visit to Easter Sunday or the Sunday following, when I might say what I liked to his people of Hobart College in the way of appeal.

February 21, 1860

December 12, 2006

Holiday in College after Morning Prayer on account of celebrating Washington’s Birthday. To-morrow being Ash Wednesday, the celebration occurs to-day. A wonderfully beautiful day, so bright and glistening, and so warm. The ground was covered with snow in the morning, but it vanished before night.

Even. Preside at the celebration in Linden Hall. T.J. Rundle read the Farewell Address. E.L. Fitzhugh gave rather a brilliant oration —did very well. Hall crowded, all passed off very well.

June 2, 1859

December 11, 2006

Ascension-day. A holiday in College. All at the Parish Church.

March 9, 1859

December 4, 2006

Ash-Wednesday. The whole college went to the parish church in the morning. At five o’clock Dr. Metcalf read Evening Prayers in the Chapel. This day, however, is beyond all other days a day of repentance of many sins in the presence of the greatest and best God. To me be granted a true penitence before His infinite pity and abundant kindness, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour; to me be granted an honest and strict conscience that I may preserve his words in my whole being. May he strengthen me by His divine favor to perform my duty toward my wife, children, students of the College, relatives and all friends who may be under my especial care.

May 23rd, 1858

November 6, 2006

Pentecost. At Trinity Church in the Morning, and in the College Chapel in the evening.

April 13, 1857

October 17, 2006

Easter-Monday. I do not feel sensibly fatigued from yesterday’s work in West Hartford, though I know well I need the rest of Sunday. For eleven years past I have not known this rest. All days have been to me work-days alike, and I cannot but feel the drain of such continuous intellectual toil, especially as I had extra work besides my parochial duties. Five years were given to editing the Calendar, and in College I had two or three professorships on my hands. I was professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Lecturer on Chemistry, &c. I lectured on Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology for ten years, besides teaching Mathematics, Latin, Rhetoric, Logic, Political Economy, &c. during the same period. I had also, during a considerable portion of this time, wearing domestic anxieties by reason of long-continued illness in my family. Taken all together the last ten or twelve years have been of a very exhausting character; and reason, if not feeling, teaches me that I ought to seek rest more than I have done.