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Horatio Collins King
Sophmore Year, 2d Session
Commencing January 17, 1856
Edited by David Aaron Kates
Saw also several students in W[ashington] Wrote two letters to Mattie [Porter]
and received one.(2)
Wrote also to Ellen Humes as well as to Chum and several others. Attended
the Presidents levee; also Congress two or three times. Dr. [Charles] Collins(3)
was in W[ashington] on New Years week and took Cis home. Joe. Culver(4)
passed a day with me. Made the acquaintance of Sidney Bradley, Florence
Washington and many other girls; also of Charles Hammet, Leslie Lears,
Ben Hodges, and others; and in time did a little of everything, too numerous
to mention. Well I am again at College: my arrival was made sweet by nice
kisses from all the Porter family. Elegant. Passed a very agreeable evening
No recitations to day. Will commence to morrow, with the exception of Prof. Tiffany(5) who has assigned no recitation. The scheme for the present remains unchanged. Our band are not as yet all united. Jim Purvis(6) is not here. Expect him in a few days. Not near all the students are here. After visiting at Porter's, returned to room, arranged things a little and then retired at 10 on the first night of 2d session.(7) and supposing a recitation had not been assigned, some 9 or 10 of us, (among which myself and Stevenson(8)) failed. However, Captain Perry's(9) luck. Will Awl and Harkness,(10) took some Ale; sat by a hot fire until it made me boozy. Went down to Porter's and, fool like, had a quarrel with Mattie. Told her, I did not like the way she treated me and saw we couldn't get along &c. &c. Believe she knew I was boozy although boys present said they did not perceive it. Left at 10–came to room and retired at 10½ p.m. (11) the Monitor's roll, and caught us. I was playing dominos–not against the laws. Dr. Had Frank up to day. Made him promise not to play cards while he remained here. Frank did not implicate any of the rest of the company. Asked Frank to get the cards they were playing with. Cards (a fine new pack) belonged to Downs.(12) Couldn't give him them. Took an old pack of mine, well thumbed, black and greasy and gave them to the Dr. Feels well satisfied. Dr. sent for me, but not being in at the time, he afterwards concluded that it was not necessary. So I suppose now the matter is settled. Good many students came, from the South to day–Old Students. Wanted to go out sleighing, but couldn't get a sleigh for love or money. Sang considerable this evening after which took two glasses of lager beer and pretzels to match. Came to room and retired respectably at 10 o'clock. (13) Retired at 11.
January 22. Tuesday.Arose at 6. Band (three of us) practiced some new pieces–Vocal–"Then you'll remember me," Thous't gone from my gaze," "De Soto's Grave," "The Watchman" and "She sweetly sleeps." All very pretty. With Cousin Maria and Cis C. went to Mrs. Paynes to see a Miss Daniel's stopping there. Stayed only a few minutes. Came to my room, retired at 9½ (14) She returned and all went away, except she and I, and I had a nice talk, concerning our friendship. She is a very nice girl. She put her arm around my neck (and I followed suit) and kissed me when I left. Very sweet. Studied until 12. Chum not in. Went to Bed. Chum went out visiting at Staymens(15)and perhaps will stay all night (16) of this place. Speeches went off very well. Subscriptions received amounted to about $125.00. I subscribed a dollar. Came to room. Retired at 11. (17) Bard serenaded at Rheems, Minnie Hall's, and Zin's Editor of the American. Expect a puff soon. Nothing more to do, retired at 11½ o'clock. (18) and myself hired a good two horse sleigh and went to "Boiling Spring" about 4 miles from here. Took a fine supper and had a splendid time. Returned about twelve o'clock much gratified with trip.
P.S. Sang about the same Programme as at our last concert: except omitted "Hard Times," "Good News from Home," Kemo Kimo (Instrumental) and "Bobbin Around" and introduced "Uncle True" and solos, "Johny Sands" and "Aunt Jemimas Blister Plaster" by King and "My Mary Ann" by Harkness. Concert succeeded very well.
Company to tea in Dr. Collins to night. After tea, went to Maggie Maury's to choir meeting. Spent two hours borously. Went to Porters at 9. Played and sang considerable. Practised with M— the Duett entitled, "what are the wild waves saying." Beautiful piece. Kissed M— when I left. Came up at 10. Went to bed and read some time in "Rose Clark," Fanny Fern's new novel. A pretty book it is too.
Attended church twice at 2d Presbyterian. Borous. Wrote to Innes telling him all about concert and fuss. Stopped at Mrs. P's on my return from Church. Several boys there. Mr. P. also at Home. Stayed an hour. Nothing further of importance occurring, retired at 9½ o'clock.(19) room in West College. Several flaming speeches made. I was called on. Talked in a cool manner concerning things. Told I had examined the evidence thoroughly, and was firmly convinced the evidence direct was sufficient to convict Lane and McLaughlin and the complicity of the evidence was enough to convict Hepburn and Hulsey. Faculty announced that unless we returned to duties, Hulsey could not have a hearing. Thinking it for Hulsey's benefit, I advocated this principle. Most of our Class seemed to think this was the best way. Have concluded to stay from recitation until tomorrow, in order to hear what Lawyer Miller–a trustee of the college–has to say on the subject.(20) He will meet the students tomorrow at 9 o'clock a.m. in the chapel to discuss the subject, and endeavor to persuade the students to return to their respective duties. Went down to Porter's, and discussed the matter over. Practiced the duett "What are the wild waves saying.["] She almost knows it, and will be able to sing it first-rate. Came to room and retired at 10½ o'clock, after reading considerable in "Rose Clark." (21) He seemed delighted to see us. I felt I was acting honorably and rightly, so I was happy too. Most of the Class were present at 4 o'clock, in Prof. Marshall's recitation, and all were present at evening prayers.(22) So I think the matter is about settled on our part. As for the Faculty, I don't know what they will do. Can tell better next Saturday. The excitement has pretty much died away and I think the fellows feel satisfied that we did perfectly right in settling it in this way. So much for this Rebellion.
One of the greatest pleasures I have experienced for a long time, is the reception of a letter from Father containing a four page letter from Mother to Him. The letter is finely written and shows that Mother is fully recovered. She will return home about the 23d of this month. Next month, I expect to see her on here next month.
On the reception of the above, I sat down and wrote an eight page letter and forwarded it to mother.
One disagreeable circumstance occurred to day. Chum and I were discussing the rebellion question, and unluckily the subject waxed warm when we gave each other the lie and nearly came to blows. However I suppose it will all be smoothed over in a day or two. "Children should never let their angry passions rise" &c.
Read in "Yusef" and retired at 10 o'clock.
Horatio Collins King, 1858
At 6½, went to take Mattie to hear Dr. Collin's lecture on the "Democratic Tendencies of Science[.]" She was very much pleased. The lecture is said by all to have been finely written.
|Returned to Porters. Told Mattie my dream, all except the proposal part. She was quite entertained by the recital. She had the tooth ache this evening. Recommended that she have it immediately drawn, as that is the only thing to alleviate the pain in a decayed tooth. Kissed her and left at 9½. Went to Peter's [Eating Saloon] with Jeff Stoek(23) and eat some Oysters. Came to room. Looked over some speeches. Have to speak for Johnson Saturday Week. [Nathaniel P.] Banks of Mass[achusetts] is at last after 132 ballots elected Speaker of H[ouse] of Rep[resentative]s.(24)|
took Miss G. and I, Maria home. Maria expressed her regrets that she was
out when I called. Both were much disappointed. Maria tried to get her
brother to come after me: but he thought he would be unable to find me.
Wanted to know of her, if she thought Sunday visiting was wrong. She replied
that she did not: At least, if any one should come to see her on Sunday,
she would receive them. "On this hint I spoke." Told her I would call down
sometime in the afternoon. "Would be very happy to see me." Have considerable
to talk with her about. Went to Chapel in the afternoon. Accompanied Maria
from Church. Talked some time on the doorstep. Did not desire to go in.
Engaged her to attend at 2d Presbyterian with me. Snively(26)
took Miss Grafton. Went down at 6¼ p.m. Sat a few minutes. All went
to church, and all sang in the choir: I performed: music went off very
well. Returned to Mrs. Stevensons. Got Maria's ring and am now wearing
it on my
little finger. On leaving, Annie Grafton proffered me her
shawl to wear to College. Thinking her in fun, before starting I began
to remove it, when she remarked, "Keep it on, you can return it tomorrow."
Will do so. Call that a tolerable strong hint. Joe Snively is rather conflummuxed
becaus Maria Stevenson was with me much more than with him. Came away at
8½. Studied Paley's Theology. Then read in Yusef. After which, the
usual preliminaries being gone through with, I retired to my downy (moss
and hard as brickdust) couch at 10 p.m.
Have finished Algebra proper and commenced the Study of Trigonometry, beginning with the Properties of Lograthims. Think this preferable to Algebra. All the Class hate Algebra. Had a visit from Tutor Arbogast. Social chat. High march winds to day. Turning rather cold; in consideration of which, I retired at 11 o'clock.(27) a couple of hours concerning a "Paper" we are about to get out and retired at 12 o'clock. (28) at Bethany. Have not heard from him before for–six months. Took a drawing lesson at Mrs. Myers. Borous again. Had a dance in No 47 - west College, Baldwin's(29) old room. Danced about 1½ hours. Good fun for–variety. At 7½, took a game of whist and several of euchre in W. Griffiths room, 3d floor, 2d section East College. After which went to Dukes['s] Room(30) at Mrs Millers. Stole a couple of pies from Aunt Del and had a nice supper. Returned to No 32, read in "Yusef" and retired at 10. (31) was elected in his stead. Think he can write as pretty a speech as any man in the Sophmore Class. Have selected my subject–"the Glory and Shame of Spain." Subject affords abundants [sic] topics for observation. Will be some what surprised if we do not squash the whole affair entirely.
P.S. Exhibition will be held in Marion Hall. Will have "Vocal Music."
King composed numerous tunes and lyrics, including the verses to the Dickinson College alma mater, Noble DickinsoniaKing Collection, Box 4, Folder 7
Department of Special Collections
Dickinson College Library
|(32) just opposite, Dr. C[ollins] came down and informed me that it was study hours. Received a long letter from Sewell Milbourne. Also a Star from home. Nothing else to do, retired at 10½. (33) Stoek (on account of Porter's) and others are raving. Hardly think they can find us out. Stepped in to see Ginnie Allen this morning and bid her Good Bye, but she was unwell, and could not leave, I came away. Stayed in Library and pasted in a number of labels. Played a few games of Euchre at Rileys room(34) at Mrs. Millers, with W. Griffith. Must have something to pass away time. Chum's National Magazine came to day. Retired at 10.|
February. No!!!(35) 5th Jester, 6 Purvis. Election passed off very pleasantly and very satisfactorily. Donohue was unanimously elected. Society kept in about 1½ hours. Belle Lettre election came off to day also. Had some trouble. Elected a Junior instead of a Senior on exhibition and two of the Seniors elect resigned. Great excitement among them. About 6½ stepped into Porters. Sat beside Mattie on the Sofa–she yielded considerable and allowed me, without any resistance on her part to take both her hands. I enjoyed a few very pleasant words with her. I went down with the intention of staying only a few minutes; but the comic Dr. Valentine, intending to hold forth at Education Hall, by way of variety, I broached the subject, and finding her unengaged for the occasion, of course I had to request her company, which she cheerfully gave. We attended and were very much pleased. His personification of various characters was very amusing. Returned to the house at 9—: by the by, soon after I got to the hall, and we had taken our seats, Mr Long(36) came in and crowding through, posted himself on the seat next to and immediately in the rear of Mattie. She rather cut him, by not looking at him until all was over. He then posted himself round to Porter's and arrived just before we did. I could then have no private conversation with her. I consider that a measly trick and shall tell him of it, if he ever does so again. About 9¼ I arose to leave–M— followed me into the front room. I talked with her a few minutes. Told her she ought to make null and void her resolution. But all my arguments would not induce her to kiss me. Never mind, there is nothing like patience. Told her I loved her and couldn't help it, and I thought if she loved me, she would kiss me. Think it will not be long before her resolution will fall to the ground. I will be much less cordial towards her. Came to room, read 60 lines of Alcestis and retired at 11. (37) got mad, and some trivial thing written by Cush Caldwell and sent to Emory McClintock, and was going to whip Cush. Called C— no gentleman &c., &c. but Cush took no notice of him. Duvall made himself disgusting to all who noticed him. I was sorry to see him make a fool of himself. Accompanied Cis, Mary and Charley Collins to Lecture delivered before Union Fire Company, by Prof. Johnson, Subject "Hiawatha." A criticism and a very able one too. A little too brief, being only about½ hour long. Benjamin Arbogast escorted Cousin Maria. I plague her a great deal about him. It teases her very much. Ha-ha. Returned to room, studied my lessons and retired at 11. (38) Picked up some paper, M— did likewise. She asked me to write something pretty, and she would write me something nice. She wrote the following, which I think to be original
I wrote impromptu—May thy days glide sweetly along,
Love thee? ay my very soul,
[Several pages are cut out of the journal at this point. The next entry is presumably for Thursday, March 13:]Took Cis to the concert given by the juvenile singers, assisted by the directors and the two ladies. Long took Mattie. Concert let out at 9. Stopped a moment at Mr. P's to get my voluntary book. Stayed five minutes. Mattie asked me to stay longer, but I could not well. Received a nice press of her hand when I left. Rather cold in room, and no fire. So Retired at 10½. (39) After Concert, I escorted my company home. Then went after Miss W— to go to see the Porter family. Sent up my card, she came down, and we went over. She took a seat in chair next to Sallie, and laid her head on Sallie's bosom. The rest of us, Fannie, Mattie, Ida, Pede Marshall, Jeff. Stoek, Caldwell and myself formed a semi-circle at her feet, seated on stools–Except Mattie and I. M— took her station on one, and I, on the other side of Miss Susy. Kept her laughing for about 1½ hours. About 10½, the gentleman left. I took her hand in mine, and talked about various matters for some time. She kissed me twice more. And while she feigned sleep, I kissed her three or four times. Some how or other I worked my way into that girls heart very easily, and by way of flirting, vice-versa. But she is a desperate flirt however, but she can't come the gum-game over me. While smoothing Mattie's hair, I asked her, if she was displeased. She replied, "no indeed." I asked if she did not truly believe I loved her. She answered, she did. So all right there. At 11½, she bade a reluctant adieu. I escorted her back to the Hotel, and bade "Good Night" with promise to see her off, in the cars to morrow. Came to room, tried to write a composition, but could think of nothing but Musical Convention and Miss Susy, so retired at 12.
Took Mattie to Choir meeting at 3. She misses her very, very much, as do all the Porter family. Sallie will correspond with her and perhaps I may add postscripts. She is a sweet, good girl–loving & kind; but the life she leads, makes her a little bold. I can overlook that in her.
Good Bye! Good Bye! . . . And now my book is full. I prize it.
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