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.


April 23rd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Busy about filling forms for reports of standing, directing envelopes, 7c. Preside at the junior exhibition in the evening. Halsey spoke the most effectively. The burlesque was rather scurrilous. They made Prex figure largely. One of the best speakers was suspended, and did not appear. At Evening Prayers I made a few remarks to the students in dismissing them, and commended them to God’s blessing.

April 22nd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Easter Monday. Read Ante- Communion for the day.

Got into Lockwood’s examination of Freshmen. Preside at Dr. Towler’s examination of sophomores in analytical geometry, Dr. Towler not having yet returned from New York. He sent me the examination papers.

April 21st, 1867

March 12, 2008


Service at half past six in the Chapel. The order was that which Bishop Coxe used at St. John’s, Hartford, and which is indicated in his Notes on the Services. There were calla lilies on the Altar.

I made an address on, “Christ is risen,” and the power of the Resurrection, and Christ the Victor over Hades. At quarter to eleven we had full service, sermon and Holy Communion; text, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” At 7:30 P.M. read and preached in the Chapel a third time, on, “Never man spake like this man,” I also read service for Dr. Bissell at the children’s service at four. I never did so great a day’s speaking and reading; yet I do not feel tired now – at ten o’clock. Went with —- to distribute the calla lilies from the Chapel.

Thus has been filled up a very busy day, with many joys and some drawbacks. The worst feeling is that Lent is over and that I have profited so little by its holy discipline and its extraordinary service. I look back over it with very sincere regret. May God in mercy forgive my shortcomings and strengthen me by His grace to live in future more in accordance with His holy will.

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.

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 18th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Junior examinations almost the whole morning in Logic and Psychology. In the evening I read service for Dr. Bissell, who preached concerning the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

April 17th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Wednesday. Ante-Communion, with sermon instead of morning prayers. I preach concerning the perfidy of Judas Iscariot.

I give the whole day to the senior examination in Moral Philosophy and Political Economy. Go into the junior examination in Greek. From two to three hear excuses for absences, and have the Register open.

I received a letter from the Bishop of Connecticut which informed me that all things pertaining to the office of president of Trinity College had advanced according to the decision; likewise asking that I would come there on my way to New London.

April 16th, 1867

March 12, 2008

After morning prayers seniors in Schlegal. My last recitation of this kind has terminated. At 11:30 I read service (Ante-Communion) and preach a sermon concerning the events and deeds of this day. Examine the seniors in Schlegal. I frequently think of the matter of Trinity College. May God direct me. May His will be done always in me.

College is most quiet since last Friday, — punishment being expected, and now imposed – six having been suspended.

April 15th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Monday in Holy Week. Sophomores in Natural Theology. At 11:30 I read the service, and preached a sermon on the figtree which Christ cursed.

I suspend those who were caught blowing the horn twenty-eight days, — Van Voast, Worden, Hutton, North, Mann and Hall. Write letters to the parents.

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.

April 13th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Make inquiry about the blowing of the horns yesterday when I was absent in Rochester, as every other matter had been looked into. I questioned six students who admitted that they had blown horns.

April 10th, 1867

March 12, 2008

The Hartford matter is known to some besides those who have learned it from our home. D.S. Hall spoke to me to-day of this affair. Yesterday and to-day I have a calm mind. I am contented with my lot. I am less anxious concerning the future. May God direct and bless me.

I go to College and inquire concerning the bonfire two nights ago, and I give a punishment to those who were present looking on. I fine them a dollar each. The punishment was to be divided among all.

Mrs. — said that she had heard about Hartford. It was evident that she did not believe it.

April 9th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Letter from Prof. Huntington of Trinity College informing me of the true state of affairs. Prof. Pynchon says that he wishes for himself the office of president.  Hence his desire for delay. Prof. Brocklesby has performed this duty of president for $500 per annum. He urges me—persuades me to accept the office of president of Trinity College.

Students had bonfires in front of Trinity Hall, and kept them up till the middle of the night. I went out and forbade them, but in vain; for when I had gone away they renewed their fires. Horns were blown. The campus was restored to quiet several times.

April 8th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Somewhat weary in mind. May the greatest God grant me peace. A letter this morning from Bishop Williams, who will not give me up. He affirms that it is necessary for me to accept the office of president of Trinity College, Hartford. To all my questions concerning the affairs of that College he replies in a manner which pleases me. On account of this I was anxious the whole day. God direct me in the way of duty. I would do all things to the glory of God. Nine years to-day are finished from that day in which my office of president of Hobart College began. The greatest thanks to the best God for His tenderness towards me – His servant. Grant to me wisdom in this office in the future. I thrust in Him alone.

April 7th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Nine years are completed to-day from the day on which I came to live in Geneva, because April 7th, 1858 was Wednesday. The exact time seemed to me very long that day on which I traveled from Hartford to Geneva. The greatest thanks to God for His many kindnesses to me through all these years. He has directed my paths in the way of peace. May His name be blessed forever and ever.  May this be my sentiment in the future, “If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Ex. 33:15. The wisest rule that you may give for administering college affairs is: Grant that I may do all things to Thy glory, through Jesus Christ, Amen.

April 5th, 1867

March 12, 2008

Write on my sermon in the morning. It would be easier to write a book than a sermon on such a subject. Meeting of the DeLancey Society. I opened with prayers and, urged, I presided.

April 2nd, 1867

March 12, 2008

Geo. F. Lee came to see me repeatedly to ask whether we would receive his brother again in the number of students. He asked whether we would give him his standing when absent. I reply that he is not able to demand this as a right; but if his class does not refuse, I will not oppose it. By the unanimous consent f his class, they permitted him to return to his former standing. I write this to the brother as I had promised.

March 31st, 1867

March 11, 2008

It repents me of this Hartford business somewhat. Talk with —- concerning Hartford matters frequently, that is, concerning those whom I formerly knew in that city. I return to the best God great thanks for all His great kindness upon this day. May he grant to me and my wife, daughter, mother, friends, –to all, life and eternal happiness of His infinite goodness.

A letter from Prof. Pynchon. He said that nothing would be done at once concerning the election of a president. He thought the trustees would do something in a short time; but that he would be prepared to leave the college if the affair should not be carried on in a manner which satisfied him. It was plain that he urgently desired the honor for himself. Hence his manner of writing to me — otherwise inexplicable.

March 30th, 1867

March 11, 2008

The Hartford matter is still agitated. It is disturbing to me. I am not able to keep it out of my mind. It renders me uncertain what is about to be. I wish it may be wholly determined. Whatever my duty may be, I wish to do it. May God show me what may be my duty in this affair.

March 25th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Feast of the Annunciation. Ante-Communion. I preached concerning the Catholic faith, on The Word made Flesh. The students listened willingly.

Heard a debate at 10:30—Bridge and Neely. I struggle almost in vain to write a sermon concerning the Christian Church – a dissertation which I had agreed to deliver before the Society for the Promotion of Religion and Learning in New York.  Gave an hour after dinner to the official reports of the professors. Prof. Pynchon sent me a message that he would write me in a few days concerning college matters. Hence this Hartford matter will go on. I hoped it might be that this might rest in peace, but the fates decree otherwise. Talked with —- about Hartford and Trinity College matters, and the attempt to draw me there.

March 24th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Read service, preached and administered the Holy Communion alone.

March 22nd, 1867

March 11, 2008

Meeting of the DeLancey Society in the College Chapel in the evening. Brown read a paper showing the causes and reason which lead anyone in the sacred ministry. One of Goulburn’s sermons was read by Van Voast.

March 18th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Still investigating the disorders. Everyone now answers freely.

March 16th, 1867

March 11, 2008

I spoke to the sophomores fully about the combination not to answer, each student for himself. I explained to them the wrongness of their position at length. They listened in respectful silence. I asked them if they had anything to say, at the close. They appeared to have nothing. As they were going out I spoke to Edmund Smith, saying “Edmund you can see how intolerable the position taken, not to answer, is.” His reply was “It is burst up”. So the great combination is at an end. The fellows now all admit that their position was wrong, and untenable, and say that they went into it without thinking of its different bearings.

March 15th, 1867

March 11, 2008

D—– C—- had a long talk with me about his brother’s alleged complicity in the disorders of the night of March 5th… We went over a great deal of ground.

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.

March 7th, 1867

March 11, 2008

Busy investigating disorders in College. I had a letter from Hartford, telling me that Bishop Coxe had expressed strong opposition to my going back to Trinity College and said he would rather lose his right hand than allow me to go.

March 5th, 1867

March 11, 2008

I cannot but think a good deal about Hartford.