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sign of establishing at or near Poughkeepsie a College for the editcation of


men and women of African descent, bnt never organized.

TRACY FEMALE COLLEGE. An academic institution established by Miss Lucille Tracy, at Rochester, was incorporated by the Legislature April 17, 1857, as the “ Tracy Female Institute," and this by another act passed May 21, 1872," was created a College by name, the latter act simply changing the title, without specifying its powers. No reports were ever made as a College.

UNIVERSITY OF BROOKLYN. An institution under this name was incorporated by special act March 26, 1861,' with full powers for the creation of a College Department of Law, of Medicine, and such other Colleges or Departments of Science, as might be thought expedient, or either of them separately as found desirable. Those subscribing $100 at one time, were to be allowed to vote at the annual elections, and were to be entitled to a deduction of five per cent on tuition bills. The University was authorized to confer degrces, and was to be subject to visitation by the Regents. Its Medical Department might send one delegate to the State Medical Society.

The war, just then beginning, diverted attention from this enterprise, and nothing was ever done toward carrying the intention into effect in any of its departments.

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO. This was incorporated with full collegiate powers, May 11, 1846, but only its Medical Department was ever organized. An account of this is given in connection with Medical Colleges.

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN New York (Buffalo). Incorporated by special act April 8, 1836," with the usual powers of a College, and to be located in the city of Buffalo. Income limited to $25,000. Not organized.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE. In January, 1817, printed petitions numerously signed were pre

Chap. 698, Laws of 1857, p. 556. ? Chap. 803, Laws of 1872, p. 1894. 3 Chap. 66, Laws of 1861. 4 Chap. 110, Laws of 1836.

sented to the Regents, for the incorporation of a College in Richmond County. They stated at large the objections that might be bronght against a College in a great city, the condition in the grant of the endowment of the existing College, which, as they claimed, excluded from its first honors all who were not of a partienlar religious profession, and other points which would probably impede future legislative patronage, and forever prevent it from arriving to such distinction as would a College erected in a more retired situation, established upon more liberal principles, and the honors of which would be alike attainable by persons of all religious denominations.

In contrast, they presented the peculiar advantages which Staten Island presented. Retired and free from the temptations of city life it was still near — although separated froin the city by the Bay of New York – so as to prevent the students from having access to city pleasures and dissipation, it could still confer the benefits and conveniences of a city College to the city of New York. If their sons could now be educated at Columbia College and board at home they could then save an equal amount in cheaper tuition fees, as the cost of maintaining a rural College would be very much less, and the various extra payments for fashionable dress and frivolous accomplishments unavoidable in a city would be saved.

The convenience of access and proximity to New Jersey and Connecticut by steamboat were pointed out; it could be reached from the city in forty minutes, and any supplies or aid could be obtained in an hour. The air was pure, the district eminently salubrions, and the water surprisingly pure. The inhabitants were economical, industrious and moral; religious opportunities were convenient, and supplies of all kinds cheap and abundant.

The opportunity of teaching practically the application of Mathemathics and the Science of Engineering in the fortifications were pointed ont, and other attractions in great number and variety were suggested. The sum of $5,000 had been already subscribed for a Library, and a tract of land worth $10,000 had been offered as a gift for the site of the College. The petitioners did not ask for a charter that should be valid until a further sum of $30,000 was secured for an endowment, independent of any public patronage.

l'pon the 27th of January, 1817, the Regents passed a resolution for granting a charter similar in its terms to that of Ilamilton College, and to take effect when the conditions offered by the applicants had been fulfilled. A bond dated February 3, 1817, was executed by Daniel D. Tomp

kins, under a penalty of $25,000, in which he engaged within six months from its date, to convey to the Trustees of Washington College a site of not less than fifty acres, and certified by them to be worth $10,000, conditioned to the fulfilment of the other conditions requisite for the establishment of a College.

A bond dated April 1, 1817, was also executed by Jas. Guyon, Jr., Thomas Lawrence, Peter J. Van Pelt and Daniel D. Tompkins, with a penalty of $50,000, in which they undertook within one year to procure an endowment of $50,000 in money, lands, securities for money or other property for the endowment of the proposed College.

On the 10th of February, 1817, resolutions were adopted by the Board of Regents, recommending the Trustees of Columbia College to consolidate their funds and property with those of Washington College on Staten Island, if the consent of the corporation of Trinity Church could be obtained, and suggesting a negotiation for the relinquishment of the conditions of their former grant to Columbia College, which fixed the location of their College in the city, and required the President to be a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. They were requested to report the result in order that it might be presented to the Legislature at their then present session.

On the 27th of March, the Trustees of Columbia College passed a lengthy resolution in courteous terms declining the proposed consolidation, and this appears to have ended the whole matter.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE. Incorporated by special act, April 17, 1851,' and located at Buffalo. It was empowered to grant the usual degrees and might hold property not exceeding $15,000 in value, annually. It was required to report to the Regents, but the organization was never perfected, if, indeed, any thing was ever done toward carrying the law into effect.




COLLEGE OF CONSTANTINOPLE. These were incorporated under the general act of 1848, for the formation of Benevolent, Charitable, Scientific and Missionary So

1 Chap. 204, Laws of 1851.

cieties, and both of them were authorized by a special act passed May 4, 1864, by their corporate names, to receive by gift, purchase, devise or bequest, any real and personal estate for the purpose of their incorporation, and no other, within the State, the clear annual income of which did not exceed the amount specified in the general act. Both were established, and means for their support are provided, to a great degree, by citizens of this State.


The University of Vermont (incorporated November 3, 1791), having received from the Legislature of that State a grant of 50,000 acres of land, and about the same amount having been granted for the establishment of an Academy in each county in the State, an application was made to the Legislature of New York, through Ira Allen, in a petition dated February 16, 1793, for a grant of a township of land by New York in aid of their University. In bis petition, Mr. Allen represented :

" That on the memorial of Governor Chittenden and others, offering as a donation to a University about £8,000, part to be funded in lands, and part to be appropriated to erect public buildings, the Legislature have established a University on the eastern banks of Lake Champlain, in the town of Burlington. That this University when duly organized will equally benefit the northern part of the State of New York as that of Vermont. Two of the members of the corporation of the University are inhabitants of said State. Should the Legislature be of opinion that giving a full township would be too much, in that case, as a member of the corporation, have to petition that a township be granted for such moderate fees as may be thought reasonable, one-fourth part of the fees payable on or before the 1st of September next, on which payment being made, the charter to be issued on the whole of the lands being mortgaged, or such other security being given as may be satisfactory for paying the remainder of the granting fees in a reasonable time.”

A petition of like import was received from Thomas Chittenden, the President of the University. They were referred to a committee, who while expressing an opinion favorable to learning, found the session so far advanced that no action could be taken, and so deferred further consideration of the subject until another year. It does not appear that further action was had.'

Chap. 579, Laws of 1864.
2 Assembly Papers. Miscellaneous, Vol. IV, pp. 334, 336, 338.

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES. Although none of these have ever been in any degree under the supervision of the Regents, yet in order to render our list of incorporated educational institutions in the State complete, we will present a list of those that have been established, and that are now in exist


BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. Under act of April 15, 1817,' not located in the act, and so far as we are concerned, not organized. The “ Baptist Education Society," incorporated the next year, established the “Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute,” which has been continued in a modified form until the present time as the “ Hamilton Theological Seminary.” Statistics of attendance were given in the reports of Madison University, from 1855 to 1881.

PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (Auburn). Incorporated by act of April 14, 1820. Act amended May 13, 1857."


CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES (New York). Incorporated April 2, 1822. Amended March 20, 1868, and April 10, 1869.


New YORK (Newburgh). Incorporated May 15, 1836.'

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. Incorporated March 27, 1839. Presbyterian. Amended May 1, 1865, April 1, 1870,1° and May 11, 1874.11


Incorporated April 16, 1866.12 Located at Madison, N. J.

1 Chap. 274, Laws of 1817. ? Chap. 215, Laws of 1820. 3 Chap. 101, Laws of 1857. 4 Chap. 150, Laws of 1822. Chap. 41, Laws of 1868. 6 Chap. 152, Laws of 1869.

? Chap. 504, Laws of 1836. 8 Chap. 99, Laws of 1839. 9 Chap. 636, Laws of 1865. 10 Chap. 129, Laws of 1870. 11 Chap. 422, Laws of 1874. 12 Chap. 592, Laws of 1866.


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