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.


December 25th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Christmas Day.

Receive a note from Bishop DeLancey asking me to administer Holy Communion to him as I return from preaching at Trinity Church this morning.

December 22nd, 1864

January 24, 2008

Meet the Bishop and Mr. Douglas on the Ayrault Scholarship business – Southgate’s and Lightner’s cases –they having been suspended from College. It was agreed to leave their cases till they are restored to full standing before acting on them.

December 16th, 1864

January 24, 2008

A meeting, at the Bishop’s, of the Directors of the Ayrault Scholarships. Mr. Douglas did not come. We transacted the routine business and left Southgate and Lightner’s case for further consideration.

October 13th, 1864

January 16, 2008

Dr. Coxe arrived and I went over with him to call on Bishop DeLancey. It was their first meeting since the election, and a trying ordeal to Coxe, and no doubt to Bishop DeLancey. Coxe said he felt it to be a great trial and dreaded it, and would not on any account have gone alone – without me, and he was so thankful when it was over. But Bishop DeLancey soon put him at his ease.

September 27th, 1864

January 8, 2008

To-day Bishop DeLancey got Dr. Coxe’s letter of acceptance of the Assistant Bishopric of Western New York. I had also a full and frank letter from his indicating his desires as to the consecration. He wishes Bishop DeLancey to be the Consecrator, with Bishops H. Potter and Whittingham, and Burgess and Williams to be present and assisting.

Our new Chaplain, Rev. Joseph H. Coit, Jr., writes me to-day that his health is so broken by his labors and anxieties at St James’ College last summer that he cannot come to us before January 1st. This is deeply to be regretted. It throws much duty on me.

September 15th, 1864

January 8, 2008

Call on the Bishop. He read me a letter he had written to Governor Hunt and Governor Hunt’s reply, also a letter he had written to Schuyler about the formation of a new society for the relief of the widows and orphans of deceased clergyman – formed at the time of the late convention without his knowledge or approval, It has greatly trouble the Bishop. He refuses to be its president. In these letters he states strongly his objections to its mode of formation – sine Episcopo.

August 19th, 1864

January 4, 2008

After Prayer, and the reading of the Minutes, the Bishop addressed us on the solemn duty before us, and asked us to engage in private prayer, after which he used appropriate Collects. Then tellers were appointed, and the election gone into, and my dear friend A.C. Coke was elected on the first ballot by both Orders. The Gloria in Excelsis was immediately sung.

The testimonials were prepared and signed, and the Convention adjourned about two.

August 18th, 1864

January 4, 2008

At the opening of the convention the Bishop announced a committee of fourteen voted yesterday, of which I was the third named. We got leave and retired to the Chapel and discussed deliberated for about two hours, and agreed on a report, which Dr. Shelton, the chairman, was to draw up. We met again at two, considered, amended and signed it. The rules were suspended and its discussion taken up.  The Bishop came and opened the evening session and then called me to take the Chair. I occupied it till eleven, when we adjourned. We discussed the mode of raising the Assistant Bishop’s salary, the amount, and finally, the time of going into the election, which was fixed for ten to-morrow. We had very animated discussion and an exciting time. I felt that I had a dancing team to guide.

August 16th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Attend the consecration of Grace Church, Utica, at the opening of the Convention. I wrote a little more on my sermon, touching the Bishop, giving him relief, &c.

August 13th, 1864

January 4, 2008

There was a meeting of the Committee on the Chaplaincy, with power to elect, at the Bank of Geneva. Doctors Jackson and Rankine and Messrs. J.A. Hawley and S.H. Ver Planck being present. Rev. Joseph H. Coit of St. James’ College having been nominated by Bishop DeLancey and William B. Douglas, was unanimously elected by this Committee.

August 11th, 1864

January 4, 2008

The Bishop came over to see me and disclosed what I before suspected, that Rankine would be very acceptable to him as Assistant Bishop, but he fears he is too little known in the Diocese to be favorable thought of. He spoke of Leeds with favor, but said there was an impression that he was not strong enough.

August 9th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Mr. Douglas talked with me about the Assistant Bishop, and the way support was provided in Connecticut. It does not appear that the Bishop has indicated any preference yet.

August 7th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Preached in Trinity Church extemporaneously. The Bishop arose and spoke five to ten minutes in a very vigorous strain on pardon, sanctification, and salvation through Christ – said he approved of what his reverend brother had said, and wished to add a few words. I feared for the Bishop, but he was no worse for it. It was a memorable scene, considering the Bishop’s health.

August 6th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Talked with Mr. Douglas about notice being given in the Messenger that the Bishop intends to ask for an assistant. I urged its expediency and he assented.

August 5th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Talk with Dr. Rankine about the matter of an Assistant for Bishop DeLancey. Rankine advises that the thing go forward. Dr. Bissell is opposed to going into an election at present. Talk matters over with Bishop DeLancey. He is going to ask for an assistant.

August 3rd, 1864

January 4, 2008

The Bishop says he will want me to help him in presiding at the Convention. He talks about an assistant but has come to no conclusion.

July 19th, 1864

January 3, 2008

I stay at home alone to write the Convention sermon for August 17th, to which office the Bishop has appointed me. I cannot write so well away from home.

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 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 3rd, 1864

January 3, 2008

Dr. Metcalf assisted me in the morning, and preached. I administered the Holy Communion. The Bishop was present and sat in the pew. At the Communion Service he came and knelt at the rail, and pronounced the Absolution in the Communion Office, and the Benediction at its close – without a surplice. He appeared feeble to-day.

July 1st, 1864

January 3, 2008

Prepare a report on salaries for a meeting of the Board at four. They met in my study. The Bishop, Mr. Fellows, Doctors Rankine and Bissell, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Hawley, were present. As the Gazette had failed to publish our notice, sent in to it, the meeting was not a legal one, and I did not try to make out a quorum. We therefore simply talked over matters and concluded nothing. The Bishop seemed irritable – opposed to increase of salaries, &c. He thought it was not clear that we could divide the interest of ten thousand dollars among seven Ayrault scholars, as I had proposed.

June 6th, 1864

January 2, 2008

Write a long letter to Mr. Neely about his resignation and the views of the Bishop and Mr. Douglas to the same.  They think he ought to resign at Commencement.  He proposes to hold on till October, when he enters on his duties in New York.

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 14th, 1864

December 13, 2007

Go to see Bishop DeLancey about signing copies of the statutes for the Chaplaincy. Arrange for the papers being got ready.

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 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 9th, 1864

December 12, 2007

Went to Utica to attend Dr. Brandegee’s funeral. The Bishop urged my going, as he could not.

Met. Dr. Hallam in Utica. We had a long talk about Trinity College. He asked me repeatedly what they should do for the College and I told him to elect some good man and stand by him in faith and patience and not to expect great results at once.

March 31st, 1864

December 7, 2007

As soon as I returned from seeing the Neely’s off for Orange, I called to see the Bishop, at his request, about Mr. Russell’s mission at Phelps and Clifton. He yesterday met Drs. Bissell and Metcalf on the subject and they resisted giving the missionary stipend to Mr. Russell. The Bishop was much disturbed and I feared his health might be injured in his present weak state.

Russell arrived in the evening and came to our house.