October 23rd, 1864

January 16, 2008

Dr. Wilson preached. I never heard him read a sermon so well. It was very good, too.


August 17th, 1864

January 4, 2008

Preached my sermon, fifty minutes long, and addressed the candidates for Deacon’s orders, three in number, Chase, Duff and Walsh, all Alumni of Hobart College.

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.

February 1, 1861

April 2, 2007

Spent the whole of the evening talking with Rankine about his plans for the Training School here. He seems to have excellent ideas about it, particularly his parochial labors, which he desires to be chiefly among the poor in that part of the town where the Chapel is.

November 4, 1860

April 2, 2007

Oxford, N.Y.

Preach twice for Rev. Mr. Costell.  I state the claims of the College after my morning sermon.  Mr. Mygatt took some of my pamphlets to Church before service to distribute in certain pews.  Miss Van Wagenen said “Are you going to give anything to Geneva College?  I am not.”  Mr. Mygatt said he was!

October 26, 1860

April 2, 2007

Got a letter to-day from Dr. Beach of Binghamton suggesting to me that it would be better to postpone my efforts there to a later day, and expressing doubts if I can do much there at any time. This is very discouraging, as Dr. Beach at Convention encouraged me very much and wanted me to come to Binghamton soon. In the evening attend the meeting of the Christian Brotherhood of Hobart College. Dunham read an essay on Bishop Hobart’s life. With this was the discussion of the question of educating clergy not in Colleges, but by themselves.

October 21, 1860

April 2, 2007


Preached in Mr. Matson’s Church (Grace) in reference to the College.  The congregation was thin and the Church cold.  In the afternoon, preached for the Rev. Mr. Moody of Lower Lockport; also urged the claims of the College.

October 7, 1860

February 8, 2007


Preached.  I was introduced by Dr. Tyler to the congregation, which was large, and I then made a statement about the College.  I spoke twenty minutes.

September 3, 1860

February 6, 2007

The College attends the Parish Church and the Chapel will be closed on Sunday this term all the time. As I was expecting to be absent much of the time we thought we would not open the Chapel at all for it would be rather burdensome to Doctors Wilson and Metcalf to keep services up. This refers to the Sunday service.

August 14, 1860

December 20, 2006

Preach in Trinity Church, Utica, and make an appeal for Hobart College.

June 26, 1860

December 19, 2006

Trustees met at ten. At four, preside over reading of White Prize essays. In the evening go to Scotch Presbyterian Church to hear Dr. Morgan’s address before the Brotherhood – a brilliant thing, admirably delivered, to a small audience.

At the meeting of the Board everything passed off pleasantly. There were no parties there and no sinister objects appear. The business men of the Board seem thoroughly to understand its financial affairs, income, expenditure, investments, securities, &c; and in all other matters relative to the organization, discipline of the college, appointments of officers, &c. they seemed to place the greatest confidence in me and are willing to carry out my views. It is very pleasant to see such confidence, for I cannot live in an atmosphere of distrust.

June 24, 1860

December 19, 2006

 Baccalaureate Sunday.

Service in the afternoon.  Dr. Metcalf and Dr. Bissall read the service, and I preached without notes from Isaiah 26:3.

June 17, 1860

December 19, 2006

Preached in Waterloo on the “Truth making free” and applied to education and the College.

June 10, 1860

December 19, 2006

Preached.  Also made an address in behalf of the College in Grace Church.  Collection in aid of students for the ministry.  Made an appeal for the College in the afternoon at the Christ Church. 

June 3, 1860

December 14, 2006

 Seneca Falls.

Preach and make an appeal for the College.

April 1, 1860

December 13, 2006

Utica.  Preach in the morning at Trinity, Grace Church in the afternoon, and Calvary in the evening.  In connection with each sermon I made a statement and appeal for the College.

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.

May 22, 1859

December 11, 2006

Dr. Wilson yesterday set out for Nashotah for the historical lectures, without my permission or assent! That was his custom. Went to the Parish Church in the afternoon. The Rev. Malcolm Douglas read service and preached.

March 20, 1859

December 5, 2006

Sunday.  Dr. Wilson preached on “Fasting”—preached well.

August 17th, 1858

November 9, 2006

In Rochester at the meeting of the Diocesan Convention to interest New York in the western Diocese.  I found the city was illuminated, and there were bonfires. Bishop DeLancey read from his annual charge.

March 20th, 1858

October 31, 2006

My mind is calm.  I feel the pressure of deciding about this matter.  Now is the time to act.  It is necessary for me to accept this office.  It is no exile.  God in His divine providence has put this great work upon me.  I do not dare to refuse this gift.

March 10, 1858

October 25, 2006

Washburn offered Bishop Williams the prayer which I had written, and by the advice of others had amended, for the use of the Society for the Increase of the Ministry. Bishop Williams approves it. A move is now on foot to make it generally know. May it be useful to many, and for long, to the glory of God and the salvation of men, for Jesus Christ’s sake, Amen.

February 27th, 1858

October 19, 2006

In the evening wrote the prayer to be used by the Society for the Increase of the Ministry. Found the work difficult.