The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 52
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52 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
when reciting the incident, "A small voice whispered in my ear,
'My grace is sufficient.' " The journey to New Orleans was made
by private conveyance, and from there he took a steamer for Gal-
veston, landing in that seaport January 5th, 1848. He proceeded
to Houston and assumed his new charge in that month. His
preaching was so acceptable, and his administration of this pasto-
rate so wise, that the State soon became filled with his fame and
praise. While serving this church as pastor, his determination to
consecrate his life to Texas was subjected to a severe test in a great
variety of ways. He was prostrated with yellow fever in 1848, fell
helpless and insensible on the streets a victim of cholera in 1849,
was offered the pastorate of a wealthy church at Huntsville, Ala-
bama, was elected corresponding secretary of the Southern Baptist
Publication Society, and later on was offered the presidency of
Union University, Tennessee, as well as the presidency of Shreve-
port University, Louisiana. All these scourges, misfortunes, and
tempting honors would have been enough to move an ordinary man
to forget his vow and turn his back on the people with whom he
had resolved to rise or fall. Not so with him.
In 1848 the scattered churches in Texas decided to hold a gen-
eral conference for the purpose of discussing the advisability of
forming a State convention. Pastor Burleson was elected a dele-
gate to the conference from the Houston church, and took his seat
in that body September 8th, 1848. He had been in the State
at this time only eight months. His participation in the organiza-
tion of the Baptist General Convention on that occasion in Ander-
son marks Dr. Burleson's entrance into public life in Texas. From
that time on to his death in Waco a few weeks ago no history of
Texas can be written, and especially no history of the Baptist
church, without mention of the great service he rendered the State.
At the close of the second session of the Union Association held
at Clear Creek in 1841, the formation of a Baptist education
society had been recommended. In 1842 the business of this asso-
ciation had been so disturbed by the Mexican invasion that noth-
ing had been done in the way of carrying the resolution adopted
the previous year into effect.
In 1 843 the society had been formed, and R. E. B. Baylor elected
president, and Dr. Winm. M. Tryon secretary. In 1844 the society
had resolved to found a Baptist State university. The charter
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