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before the students got into the new dormitory, and a year later before
they were using the chapel and the new Society halls.32
32 Brooks under date of Monday, August 22, 1836. Evening. "Had quite a
disagreeable job this evening cleaning out our room in the college building. The
dust almost stifled us. The new rooms look very inviting, especially to a student
who has been crowded in a room with five or six, and some of them a very worst
kind of boys. Expect to move in a few days; hardly can express my satisfaction on
the occasion. Wednesday 24. Today very interesting. Preparing to move into the
college building. Had quite a tiresome evening's work, preparing our beds, etc.
Moved enough of our furniture so as to quit our old room which has become very
tiresome. Slept in the new building. Had a very sweet night's rest indeed. Rose in
the morning with fresh vigor. Thursday 25. Passed the day with considerable
satisfaction in anticipation of the pleasant situation. We are now situated where we
are not eternally annoyed by small boys, vexed and perplexed half to death-I say
we, meaning Josiah H. Brooks and myself." Brooks has also the following notes on
the first services in the new chapel: "Sabbath, July 2, 1837. Attended worship in the
new chapel. August 28: Met for worship this morning in new chapel."
It was early in 1837 that the halls of the fourth floor of the college building were
turned over to the two Societies. The Euzelians seem to have taken their hall
without alteration, but the Philomathesians contracted with Captain Berry to have a
rostrum erected at the end of their hall and to have the walls and ceiling finished
with hard plaster, a cornice and a centre-piece. On August 12, 1837, they
"Resolved, That the society is well pleased with the neat and workmanlike manner
in which the work has been executed by the skillful and highly esteemed architect,
Capt. John Berry," and called for their bill. In his reply Captain Berry was equally
as courteous, giving the young gentlemen a Roland for their Oliver, and in addition
a donation of ten dollars on the bill which amounted to $115. Records of Phi.
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