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.

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 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.

January 17th, 1866

January 25, 2008

Mr. Williams, anxious to have more frequent Communions, has, with my approval, announced that he will have the Holy Communion on the third Sunday of each month as a voluntary service. He first put it at eight, but I was led to consider the matter and advised him to put it at nine, which he has done; and then the morning service hereafter on all Sundays will be at quarter to eleven and then we shall get out at the same time as Trinity Church.

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.

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.

May 20, 1860

December 14, 2006

Trinity Church, Geneva.

Bishop DeLancey confirmed a class of forty. Nine were students. Professor Bates was also confirmed. The students were Charles Boswell, George Boswell, Herbert H. Taylor, Walsh, Whallon, Woodward, Ashley, Cockey and Hall. May God bless them and strengthen them to keep faithfully their vow.

June 29, 1859

December 11, 2006

Thursday. 8 A.M. Service at Trinity Church – a public thanksgiving to Almighty God on account of the return of Bishop DeLancey, recently from Europe. I read the Te Deum. The Bishop spoke words of congratulation.

The Trustees then returned to the library in order to accept a marble bust placed in the library to serve always to the honor of Rev. Dr. Hale (the former President of this College), and in his memory. This bust was given by the Alpha Delta Phi Society to the College. Prof. Wheeler made the speech of presentation, — elegant and suitable. I answered extemporaneously for the Trustees.



A portion of Dr. Jackson’s address at the Presentation of Dr. Hale’s bust, by the Alpha Delta Phi.


The Rev. Dr, Jackson, on behalf of the Trustees, spoke in substance as follows, addressing Prof. Wheeler:

“I am requested to say, on behalf of the Trustees of this Institution, that they receive with sincere pleasure this token at once of your loyalty to Hobart College, and of your grateful appreciation of the distinguished services of its late President. They will take care that it be preserved amongst the sacred treasures of this Institution of Learning, that all future generations may learn to recognize the form and features of one who will always remember with reverence and gratitude within these classic Halls [capitalization, sic]. We know, indeed, that marble and brass are frail and perishable – that the only imperishable likeness is that of the mind itself – forma mentis aeterna est – that likeness, stamped on the minds of his loving pupils by him whose character you have just now portrayed with a hand at once so delicate and so faithful, will remain there forever. Nay, it will reproduce itself in more or fewer of its lineaments in other minds, and so, send out a widening circle of beneficent influences, whose remotest pulsation no human eye can reach far enough to see. Hobart College will ever cherish this marble so cunningly wrought, because it will serve to remind her children, of every generation, of one of their earliest and greatest benefactors.

We are reminded, sir, by this whole occasion, as well as by your special references, that this gift which we have accepted at your hands is the offering of a secret society. And, we here find ourselves in some sort drawn into a public recognition of one of the secret Fraternities of this Institution. We do not regret it. Your, sir, have brought the character of the body which you represent on this occasion distinctly to our notice; and, so doing, you have enunciated much that is both true and important. Secret societies are powers in college. Their existence and their influence for good or for evil are facts which cannot be overlooked or ignored. Doubtless they involve a mixture of both. And the wisest course to peruse in relation to them is to deal with them in a manner at once frank and friendly – to recognize their power for good – to endeavor, so far as we can, both by authority and discipline acting on individuals, and by the force of a sound public opinion in College acting on the members at large, those tendencies to evil which unhappily exist in such associations. I gladly recognize, as a fact attested by experience, that the young men who compose these societies have in general a high sense of character and are keenly stung by the reproach of misconduct in any of its members. It should then be our aim to cultivate in them a strong sentiment or admiration for all that is generous and elevated in character, and by friendly relations with them draw them to uphold rather than obstruct the government, and stimulate them to rescue for evil influences rather than to corrupt their members. I know that our efforts in this direction will not be in vain. Sometimes, unhappily, they are found in antagonism, and prove themselves obstructive to order and discipline. But I feel confident that if they meet with frank and impartial dealing at the hands of the government they will rarely fail to give it their active moral support. Prejudice or passion my blind them for a time, but they will presently do justice to the wise and well-considered action of those in authority.


The Rev. Dr. Hale, in his reply, also spoke of secret societies. He said that he had often found them very useful.



Dr. Hale spoke also, happily. The whole scene was impressive and delightful to all.

At the same hour the White Rhetorical prize speaking was going on. Vail carried off the prize.

At four p.m., Hon. J.D. Doolittle, U.S. Senator, gave an oration before the alumni on the Succession of Empires and a Universal Republic. Finally delivered. At 7:30, Hon. John Cochrane gave a address before the Sigma Phi’s on the Liberal Arts, and William Starke recited a poem in the Presbyterian Church. At the same hour O.S. Ackly gave an address in Linden Hall before the Hermean Society. Hindered by negotiations I do not advance.


Difficulty in the Hermean Society.

Certain persons having failed to carry out the election of a poet for Commencement in the Philopeuthian Society, considering that they have been unfairly used, applied for admission to the Hermean Society. One or two of those who sought admission into the Hermean Society had not been members of the Philopeuthian. It being perceived that they would, by their vote, strengthen the minority, and enable them to carry the election of the Orator for Commencement, (a sharply contested point), their admission was refused. Then the minority, having the president of the Society on their side, got notions of a special meeting for March 17th at eleven o’clock p.m. (!) and had the notices posted on the doors of the north and south buildings ten minutes before five p.m.; but it would seem as if they were immediately torn down, as no one of the majority ever saw them; and it was indeed admitted on both sides that they did not remain up. But no one could tell who took them down. It was admitted by the party calling the meeting that the other party, (majority) should know of the meeting. Accordingly no member of the majority was present. At this meeting certain persons were elected and inducted. At the regular meeting, March 19th, 1859, these persons, (six in number, I think) appeared. The majority objected that certain persons, not members, were present; which, according to a by-law, blocked up the meeting by those present. Accordingly nothing further was done except to adjourn. The Society continued blocked to the end of the term. Finally they agreed to what the Faculty recommended last term when the matter was brought before them by the majority, viz; to refer the whole matter to referees, whose decision should be final. They accordingly, by mutual consent, who decided as follows. (Wheeler and Van Deusen appeared for the majority, and Pringle and Gibson for the minority. The Committee met first on the 3rd of May and heard statements and arguments, and again on the 4th, and had their final meeting May 10th).


Report of Committee of Arbitration. Hermean Society.

Hobart College, May 10th, 1859.

The Committee of arbitration, considering of the four senior members of the Faculty, viz; Drs. Jackson, Wilson, Metcalf and Towler, to which was refereed the controversy between different parties in the Hermean Society, after due deliberation on the points at issue, decides as follows, viz; That the persons whose membership is in dispute are not members of the Society, because the Society being competent to decide on the legality of the meeting of March 17, at which certain persons were alleged to have been elected and initiated, and having decided that the meeting was illegal, their decision is final.

Three members of the Committee decide that the meeting of March 17th was illegal in itself for want of due and proper notice.

One member of the Committee deems it inexpedient for him to pronounce on the legality of that meeting without further investigation, but he considers it wrong and improper on moral grounds.

On behalf of the Committee,

A. Jackson,



June 26, 1859

December 11, 2006

Bishop DeLancey confirmed at Trinity Church three students from the College, — J.F. Potter, R.A. King and H.A. Howland, and addressed them. Afterwards Bishop Smith of Kentucky, preached before the College: His text was, “Barnabas was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.” At the close he strongly and aptly exhorted the senior class.

June 2, 1859

December 11, 2006

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

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.

May 1, 1859

December 7, 2006

All went to the Parish Church for the communion.

April 15, 1859

December 7, 2006

Present in the morning in Trinity Church.

April 10, 1859

December 7, 2006

Dr. Metcalf read service in the morning in chapel and Dr. Wilson preached. In the afternoon all went to the Parish Church.

March 27, 1859

December 5, 2006

Dr. Metcalf preached in Chapel – a very good sermon. I was at Trinity during the afternoon. My mind during the service always intent, without anxiety, on the College and the students. May the Father all-powerful give me true penitence and loving pity. Nothing was done in the Hermean Society Saturday night with regard to the wrong explanation made between the two parties; but I find the opposing side stood firm to choose witnesses according to the advice of the Faculty.

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.