May 29th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Bishop Neely writes he is very glad I am going to Hartford – says I have decided “wisely and for my happiness”.  He is now glad he is a New Englander and to have me near at hand, and at the head of our New England College.

Confer with the Misses Bridge about a plan of going to Canandaigua to establish themselves in a female seminary there, and give it a Church character. I advised them to be sure that they can work harmoniously with Mr. Richards, who proposes to remain as he is now, a partner in the concern, and to carry on its financial affairs, board the students, &c.; and that the Board of Trustees, a majority of whom were Congregationalists, be so organized as not to hamper them.


May 27th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Bishop Coxe writes asking me to preach the sermon at the consecration of the Church at Branchport, June 11th, and arrange a meeting of our Board of Trustees for June 18th, as I had proposed to him. He says in reference to my going away “I never wish to enter that house again”. I feel for him most truly.

 Leffingwell and Dr. Van Ingen came to see me to-day about the Canandaigua Female Seminary, which is ready to be passed under the control of the Church.

May 22nd, 1867

March 13, 2008

Attend the business meeting of the Convocation in Waterloo.

May 21st, 1867

March 13, 2008

Continue this work.

May 20th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Work on the appeal, on behalf of the Diocese, to the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning.

May 16th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Write part of an appeal to the Society for Promotion of Religion and Learning, as Chairman of the Committee for the Diocese.

Russell told me to-day that Dr. Metcalf was blowing away at everybody and everything about my going to leave – very cross and savage. He called to see me, but did not open his budget, and went away very abruptly – evidently in no good humor. I walked down with him after Prayers, and he was quite pleasant.

May 14th, 1867

March 13, 2008

Begin my report, for the next Diocesan Convention, on the division of the Diocese; and write part of it.

Write a long letter to Bishop Coxe, explaining my position in reference to Hartford. I did think of going to meet him in Rochester; but on the whole I was quite as willing to write – the subject of my conference with Bishop Coxe being painful, at the best, painful to both of us. 

April 24th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Buffalo. Bishop Coxe talked with me earnestly about Trinity College. He said “We know not where to turn if you leave us”. “You are the College”. “Your influence in the Diocese is so great, you have won such a position”, and a great deal more. I said that nothing but the strongest conviction of duty would draw me away.

April 20th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Mrs. DeLancey spoke with deep feeling of the warm regard which Bishop DeLancey had for me; how he regarded me as a companion, and confided in me. She could not endure that I should even entertain the thought of leaving the College and Geneva. She even spoke with tears of the possibility of my removal. She seemed to think that Mr. Douglas was responsible in good part, for my being willing to think of a removal.

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 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 25th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Met Bishop Coxe at Canandaigua on my way home, and told him all about Havana. I mentioned to him Prof. Huntington’s letter to me. He dissuaded me from going to Hartford, and said he would do all in his power to prevent it. Went in the evening to tell the Bridges about Havana.

February 24th, 1867

March 7, 2008


 After service go with Mr. Elbert Cook to look at the College building. Examine it all over. Find it very strongly built, and well suited to educational purposes. Mr. Cook expressed a strong desire to secure it to Bishop Coxe for a girls’ school, and said he would labor to that end, and give money to secure it. Mr. Cook appeared well, I thought: frank, candid and honest.

I went up to Havana at Bishop Coxe’s request, to look into this matter, and to officiate in the parish- divided for two years through Mr. Charles Cook’s influence, and only brought together last Sunday for the first time, when Bishop Coxe officiated for them. He wished me to go and carry forward, and deepen, the good impression.

February 20th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Preside at Trinity Church over the business meeting of the Convocation. Matters were talked over; a secretary and treasurer were chosen, and a committee appointed to prepare a plan of organization.

The Convocation was considered a successful one. A good, earnest, hopeful spirit prevailed, and there seemed to be excellent openings for missionary work.

February 19th, 1867

March 7, 2008

The Convocation to be formed of Ontario and adjacent counties, is now met here to organize.

January 28th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Called to see Mr. James F. DePeyster and talked over the Society for Promotion of Religion and Learning, and the College, with him.

January 25th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Bishop Neely’s consecration at Trinity Chapel, New York. Bishop Potter preached the sermon, and defined the position of our Church as a “mean between two extremes”, and his own position in the Diocese towards High and Low. It will create a sensation.  He said in substance that during his whole Episcopate of twelve years, he had been trying by justice, kindness, courtesy and generosity, once indulged had faded away in the light of experience. Dr. Dix took the Chair when the Bishops and clergy returned from the service, and moved that Bishop Potter’s sermon be published. All who spoke said “aye”.

Dr. Alexander Burgess surprised me by telling me that my name had been frequently spoken of in connection with the Episcopate of Maine during the recent vacancy, and that at the Convention which elected Dr. Neely, after it appeared that neither Mr. Doane nor himself (Dr. B) could be elected, the clergy had an informal ballot, when it was found that all, except one, were willing to vote for me. I had never heard that my name had been mentioned in this connection, so it was a total surprise to me, and I thank God that nothing came of it. I think the office of Bishop very undesirable in itself, and nothing but an overpowering sense of duty would ever constrain my to accept. They have got a better man for the office, by far, in Bishop Neely, and I shall hope for the best results from his Episcopate.

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 12th, 1867

March 6, 2008

Tell Mr. Douglas about our Committee meeting in Buffalo. Talk over Hodson’s case with him, in reference to getting aid from him in studying for the ministry.

January 9th, 1867

March 6, 2008


Talked with Bishop Coxe for half an hour about the division of the Diocese, and his views of it. Dr. Shelton had said that he was indifferent to it. But he said he was earnest for it, and would prefer to take a parish for support rather than not have it take place. At ten I met with the Committee on the Division in Dr. Shelton’s study, twelve being present. Reports were made by the several gentlemen of the state of feeling on the subject in their several districts, by letters read and by oral statement. Then a full discussion took place. Judge Denio opposed it in a well-concerned speech. Dr. Shelton showed himself opposed at the beginning. After full discussion, it was unanimously resolved to recommend the division of the Diocese into two equal parts. It was a very gratifying discussion. The best temper and spirit prevailed. Our deliberations occupied most of the day, and were renewed for a brief space at Bishop Coxe’s, where we went by invitation in the evening, and where the Bishop joined us. But only the question of the division line, -whether Schuyler County, in which the new female seminary at Havana was to be developed, should go with the eastern or western point, because I conceived it probable that he had personally entered in engagements with Mr. E. W. Cook (heir of Charles Cook) who had given to him, as Bishop, the buildings of the People’s College, which would make it desirable that Schuyler County should be in Bishop Coxe’s Diocese; and so it proved, and the eastern gentlemen yielded the point; and Schuyler County was placed in the Western Diocese of the two proposed to be created – where it is presumed, though not known, that Bishop Coxe will continue to reside.

I was permitted to take a prominent part in the deliberations of the day, and Judge Denio moved that I be Chairman of the Sub-Committee to draw up a report which this Committee should report to the next Convention- saying to me privately that I was more competent to represent the views of the Committee, than any other member. This was certainly a compliment, coming from Judge Denio.

I got but little opportunity to talk with Bishop Coxe, who said he wanted to talk with me a whole week about matters pressing on his mind.

December 22nd, 1866

March 5, 2008

Call on General Martindale in Albany about our committee on raising funds for the College, appointed at the Diocesan Convention, of which he is a member.

December 12th, 1866

March 5, 2008

Attend the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of St. John’s Church, Canandaigua. After a dinner, Judge Smith and Dr. Schuyler, Mr. Parke and Dr. Van Ingen spoke on the subject of the division of the Diocese. All seemed to think it was feasible and ought to be effected speedily. Judge Smith said it was only a question of time.

November 2nd, 1866

March 4, 2008

Heard to-day of Dr. Neely’s election to the Episcopate of Maine, and wrote to congratulate him.

August 18th, 1866

February 26, 2008

A movement was started at the Convention to raise one hundred thousand dollars for Hobart College, and two thousand five hundred dollars was subscribed on the spot. I had stated that a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position, and General Martindale said he was struck by that statement. I stated that we had endowments to the amount of one hundred and fifty thousand, and buildings worth fifty thousand more – – two hundred thousand dollars in all, and no debts; and a hundred thousand dollars would put the College in a strong position.

August 16th, 1866

February 26, 2008

Attend the Convention breakfast in Syracuse. Bishop Coxe presided very gracefully. One hundred and ninety-one persons, clerical and lay, sat down to breakfast. Dr. Rankine spoke for the Memorial Church. I spoke for the College.

            The matter of division, proposed by the Bishop, was referred to a committee of fifteen. I was placed on the committee, as one of the clergy.

April 28th, 1866

February 19, 2008

Call on Mr. T.W. Odgen, secretary of Society. Called on Mr. Dunscombe, comptroller of Trinity Church, and chairman of the Standing Committee, to which our memorial to Trinity Church had been referred, as Dr. Dix had informed me by letter. Mr. Dunscombe let me know that the committee had considered our application and were prepared to report – declining to give us pecuniary aid, as we had requested, but advising that we be allowed hereafter to charge term bills, as other colleges – – our second request.

April 26th, 1866

February 19, 2008

New York.

Call on Mr. James F. DePeyster and talk over relations between the College and the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning, of which he is the treasurer. He considers that the Society is under no further obligations to the College, except, it may be, in the matter of the five hundred dollar annuity. He is not sure about that, but will look further into it. He thinks the Society assumed certain obligations to the College and that it had entirely fulfilled them, and that the College had no further claim.

April 4th, 1866

February 15, 2008

Work on the memorial nearly every day. After Morning Prayers I had a talk with Mr. Williams about bowing at the name of Jesus. He has gradually increased the frequency of this until of late he has bowed at this sacred name, whenever it occurred in the service, lessons or sermon. I took the ground that it was unusual in the American Church and unknown in this Diocese; that he could not go into any parish in the Diocese where it would not hurt his position as rector; that here in College young men would naturally think that was the best way, and when they went to a seminary they would carry it there and introduce diversity and confusion, and finally when they went to their first parishes they would carry the practice there and would greatly impair their usefulness in communities interpenetrated by extreme Protestant ideas, as all ours are; that I thought that even in College itself it impaired his influence and usefulness, and finally, that I felt pretty sure the Bishop would not approve of it. He said he did not admit the Bishop’s right to interfere in such a matter; that he had a right to his individualism in this matter; that, however, as he and I must work together, he would do what I thought best, though it would cost him quite a sacrifice of feeling. He said he was very anxious to introduce the practice, &c. he did not wish the matter brought to the attention of the Bishop, not even to talk it over informally. He felt sure he would not get on so well with the Bishop as with me.  So I agreed that he should bow in the Creed, the Gloria in Excelsis and the Epistle, where it is said that “At the name of Jesus every knee” &c. I also said that if it got abroad that he bowed as he did habitually, it would create a prejudice in many minds against the College. Mr. Williams behaved very kindly and sweetly towards me in the matter.


March 3rd, 1866

February 14, 2008

Write on my memorial.

I received a letter to-day from Mr. Odgen, Secretary of the Society in New York, saying that they met last Wednesday and voted us a continuance of the annuities to the College for another year, and had appointed a committee of conference on the subject of their relations with us. God be thanked for this good news.

Bishop Coxe wrote that Bishop Potter behaves well about this matter, and promised a committee of conference, but that Dr. McVickar and Mr. Betts were violently opposed to us. He had not heard of the action of the Society when he wrote me on Thursday.