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.


March 14th, 1867

March 11, 2008


The Bishop talked with me for an hour and a half very earnestly about Hartford and Trinity College, dissuading me from going.

I said, and have said, and felt all through, that I only wished to know what was my duty in the matter, not my pleasure.

March 13th, 1867

March 11, 2008


Walked and talked with Bishop Coxe. Much talk about the Trinity College movement. He had just come from Hartford, and he said the thing was really serious – that they were determined to secure me at Trinity, as President, if the thing were possible. He had determined not to interfere if I thought I could do better, or ought to go, but there was no one in the Diocese whom he could so ill spare – whose place would be so difficult to fill.

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 6th, 1867

March 7, 2008

Go to Lockport to attend the funeral of Washington Hunt.

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.

September 17th, 1866

February 27, 2008

Go to Buffalo to see Bishop Coxe and Dr. Shelton about our endowment movement. We went to Bishop Coxe’s and talked over matters, particularly the endowment effort. Bishop Coxe agreed to preach a sermon in the Churches of Buffalo about New Years, and then we should go to work in earnest. We talked about Mr. Douglas and the Chaplaincy. Bishop Coxe thought it important to soothe Mr. Douglas, and keep matters quiet till after we have secured our hundred thousand dollars by the proposed effort. I said I was willing to let matters go on as they had gone – as if nothing had happened, or to have the Board agree what part I should take in Chapel service, or to leave it to the Bishop to determine. Beyond that I would not go.

July 31st, 1866

February 22, 2008

Sharon Springs.

Met Rev. Mr. Walker, Bishop Coxe’s Assistant at Calvary.

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 9th, 1866

February 15, 2008

Go to Syracuse to attend Rev. Dr. Gregory’s funeral. He was the first student ever graduated at our College –  in 1826, and has led a most pure, beautiful and useful life. The Bishop and about twenty clergy were present. The Bishop made a brief address extempore, and Dr. Clarke gave a written address, giving an account of his life and labors – very admirable for simplicity and good taste.

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.

January 3rd, 1866

January 25, 2008


Call on Mr. and Mrs. Williams, the father and mother of our Chaplain. They seemed delighted to see me. I thought I could promote the interests of Mr. Williams by speaking a good word for him, as I have heard that his father (a Unitarian) had rather cut him off because he became a Churchman, and though quite rich, did not at all help him. I trust what I said in his praise may have a good effect.

December 30th, 1864

January 24, 2008

Spend two hours directing catalogues to the clergy of the Diocese. Arrange for going to Buffalo to-morrow. I thought I would go there for a little change, besides I thought it would be of service to the College to keep up my acquaintance with the Buffalo people.

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.

April 29th, 1864

December 12, 2007

 New York.

I went after breakfast to see Dr. Dix, to find what had been done in reference to Mr. Neely, on whose behalf I had written to him for second assistancy of Trinity Chapel. Dr. Dix informed me that he had nominated him to the Vestry. On learning that he was in Orange, New Jersey, he expressed a desire to have him come and pass a Sunday in New York to satisfy the Vestry about his preaching powers. So I agreed to ask him to do so. Mr. Neely came with Mr. Bush at four o’clock to see me. It was awkward about Mr. Bush, whose plan of spending the summer in Geneva had been knocked in the head by Mr. Douglas. But I took Neely into the back room and explained it to him.

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.

January 12th, 1864

November 29, 2007


Called on Dr. Hickock and had a satisfactory talk with him about College matters.  Propose to him joint action in raising the standard for admission to College.  He agreed to it.

I talked with Judge Paige about our lawsuit for the Ayrault legacy.  He thinks our cause not so hopeless.

November 4th, 1863

November 27, 2007

Go to Syracuse and see Prof. White and the other executors about the Prize Fund. Saw Professor and Hamilton White. Visit entirely satisfactory.

September 5th, 1863

November 20, 2007

Go to Bay Ridge to see Mr. Tracy and judge of his fitness for our vacant Chair of Rhetoric.

August 5th, 1863

November 16, 2007

All day at the Convention; spoke twice; dine at Mr. Pruyn’s with Governor Seymour and Mr. G.C. Ver Planck and Judge Clinton. Heard Barnard’s address this morning and Judge Clinton’s this afternoon.

August 4th, 1863

November 16, 2007

Go to Albany for a meeting of Colleges and Academics. Stay at Mr. Pruyn’s. Attend meeting in the afternoon.

March 5th, 1863

November 8, 2007

In Albany to present our memorial to the Legislature. Appear before a committee of the Senate for the College. Dr. Brown spoke for the People’s College; Governor King and Mr. Kelly for the Agricultural College.

August 19th, 1862

October 23, 2007

Attend the Convention of the Diocese in Buffalo. Met Judge Smith there. Asked him whether the decision of a Supreme Court fully protected the executors of Mr. Ayrault against the residuary legatees, and he said it did fully, and a decision from the Court of Appeals could not be more effectual.

July 31st, 1862

October 5, 2007

Attend the Commencement of Yale College.

May 7th, 1862

October 3, 2007

In New York. Went to the meeting of the Trustees of the General Theological Seminary. No business of importance. The chief topic of debate was a motion of Dr. Vinton’s to have a committee of five to investigate the investment of the Kohne legacy. It was strongly resisted and finally defeated. I voted for it. I wished the Seminary to be relieved from odium if unjust, if just, to be made more vigilant in the future. I stayed over to attend this meeting at Bishop DeLancey’s particular request, as he could not be present; otherwise, I ought to have gone home to-day to be present at the opening of our term to-morrow.

January 23rd, 1862

September 24, 2007

In New York. Talk over matters with Mr. Swift in a very satisfactory way. I propose to return to Geneva to-morrow. I have done little; but I have ascertained that I can do no more, and that is something.

October 30th, 1861

August 2, 2007

Go to Canandaigua to see Mr. Smith and Mr. Ayrault.  Both absent.

October 21st, 1861

July 31, 2007

    I had proposed to Mr. Douglas to go with me to Syracuse, which he did.  We met Hamilton White and Prof. White and his brother.  I made out statement and exhibit.  Mr. Douglas threw in suggestions.  Prof. White said it had been his father’s idea that the estate should pay off indebtedness by its income.  Mr. Douglas explained that as they were to pay the income of the $15,000 quarterly to the College there would be no advantage in retaining their security, and some risk which by surrendering they would avoid.  They wanted time to consider and we agreed to meet them at noon.

When we met the executors again Prof. White said they had agreed to our proposition.  He said that though the will did not require it he supposed the wishes of the family might be regarded in the appointment.  Said his father’s idea was to have some person of high character appointed, &c.  He (Prof. White) had been afraid we might appoint some young graduate.  I said we should not appoint without consulting him, and that our idea would be to appoint a capable man.

October 2nd, 1861

July 29, 2007

Confer with Hamilton White in Syracuse about his brother’s bequest to the College.  We went to see Mr. Davis, the lawyer who drew the will and he said that he thought the executors of Mr. White would now, that we half raised the $60,000, be fully justified in paying over the $15,000 left in their discretion to the Chair of Rhetoric.

May 27, 1861

July 12, 2007


Mr. Wicks gave his note for $100, and Mr. A.C. Powell for $200. Hamilton White advised my going to see General Granger. I did and he promised $500, though he had repeatedly refused before. Mr. Chedell wrote me on Saturday that General Granger began to feel as if he had not done right. I start for New York to do up some odds and ends, and see Mr. Swift and have a full understanding with him about his subscription.