The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 281
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VOL. XLIII JANUARY, 1940 No. 3
The publication committee and the editors disclaim responsibility for views expressed
by contributors to THE QUARTERLY
THE UNIVERSITY CROSSES THE BAR'
By ROBERT E. VINSON,
Former President of the University of Texas
When the suggestion was first made that I should prepare a
paper to be presented at this annual meeting of the Texas Philo-
sophical Society, its proponents expressed the opinion that the
years 1916-1923 were of some significance in the life of the
University of Texas and that some of the more intimate and
personal details of those years, which have escaped other records,
might not be without interest to the members and should be pre-
served in the archives of the Society. I have yielded to this impor-
tunity partly because of my many personal obligations to this group
of friends for their support and confidence and partly, too, because
of the feeling that the intimacy of the Society itself might make
it proper to speak of matters, which in different circumstances
could not be so fully disclosed. In the nature of the case, too,
many things were said and done, during those years, which are
known only to myself and as age advances I find myself im-
pressed, increasingly, with the feeling that if I do not make some
record of them they will not be recorded. Perhaps they are not
worth recording, but still, such as they are, they did play their
part in the decisions that were made and, therefore, those deci-
sions cannot be appraised with complete accuracy unless and
until some of these intimate details are revealed. I have held
myself ready, through all the intervening years, to answer any
'An address delivered at the annual meeting of the Philosophical Society
of Texas, held in the Hall of State, Dallas, December 5, 1939.
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