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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

February 16th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Mr. Neely went with me to call on Dr. McVickar. I talked over the relations of the Society above to our College. The Doctor was courteous, but non-committal. Call on Mr. DePeyster, then go to the Vestry office of Trinity Church and finish my search in the records of the Society.

I have now accomplished the object of this visit to New York, which was to get the exact facts in regard to our relations with the Society, so that I can make a proper representation to it.

February 15th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Go down to the office of Trinity Vestry and devote much time to consulting the records of the Society referred to above. Went to see Dr. Dix at the Rectory, by appointment, in the evening, to talk about our College affairs. He thinks the Vestry will at once give us leave to charge tuition and room-rent. As to further endowment, he says it will be the policy of the Vestry, as he thinks, to first pay off their debts ($800,000) and then to make provision for the want of the parish-schools, missions, &c., and that it will be two years before their affairs will be adjusted, arising out of the falling in of leases in 1866, so that they will clearly know where they stand. So that things do not look very promising for our getting aid for the College.

February 13th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Go to Mr. DePeyster’s and copy off facts and figures of moneys paid by the Society for Promoting Religion and Learning to Geneva and Hobart College, from the beginning. Go to Pine Street to see the secretary, Mr. T.W. Odgen and get at his records. Get only a small part of the records – found only recent records and since 1840 with him. Go to Trinity Church vestry to meet him, where he thought the other records, (earlier) were deposited. The clerks could not find them, but promised to look them up.

February 7th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Go to Mr. Hurd’s office and look over the treasurer’s books to see if I can get any light on the payments made by the Society in New York to our College. I did not find anything back of 1844.

February 6th, 1866

February 13, 2008

Work at Hebrew. Went to a clerical tea-party at Dr. Bissell’s. We went into the back parlor –i.e. the clergy, and talked up the matter of a convocation of Ontario and adjacent counties, and agreed on preliminary steps.

February 3rd, 1866

February 13, 2008

Continue the study of our records and prepare myself for negotiating with the Society in New York.

December 27th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Dr. Gibson read me the protest of the Buffalo clergy against the proposed separate diocese – advocated by Witherspoon.

October 15th, 1864

January 16, 2008

Coxe would prefer to live at Geneva, where the College is and the Training School; but will go where the interests of the Diocese require.

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 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 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.

March 6, 1861

July 6, 2007


Went to see Mr. William A. Davies who declined doing anything on the ground that he had done all he could do at present in building the Church of Holy Comforter, subscribing $1,000 to St. Stephen’s Training College, &c.

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.

December 17, 1860

April 2, 2007

At my room from two to four excusing absences. In the evening call at Bishop DeLancey’s to invite him to our Matriculation to-morrow. Find Rev. Dr. H. McCurdy there, who has come to confer with the Bishop as to taking the rectorship of the training school.