The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 49
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Forerunners of Baylor
Independence. He left a manuscript sketch of his life, as well
as sketches of a number of contemporaries. It is hoped that the
institution that bears his name will see that his writings are
published. An insight into the character of this man is revealed
by the concluding paragraph of his will written in his own hand-
writing: "And now, having disposed of my worldly effects,
would that I could will to my relatives a personal interest in the
atoning blood of my blessed Redeemer, without which there
is no happiness beyond the cold and silent grave to which I am
so rapidly hastening."
The charter was merely the building permit of the edifice
ultimately to be erected. The first meeting of the Trustees at
Independence, May 7, 1845, adjourned for lack of a quorum to
meet at Brenham, May 15, 1845. At this board meeting, Bay-
lor was made chairman. Later meetings were called to decide
on a location. At a meeting at Mt. Gilead on October 13, after
public notice had been given that the location would be deter-
mined at that time, the board took under advisement the bids
that had been submitted. Money was scarce at the time, much
business was still transacted by barter, and subscriptions were
accepted for goods and commodities as well as cash. One town
included the following in its bid:
One section of land,
One yoke of oxen,
Five head of cattle,
One cow and calf,
One bay mare,
One bale of cotton,
Twenty days hauling, and
Two Hundred Dollars cash.
In determining the value of bids, all lands, except town lots,
were valued at seventy-five cents per acre; town lots were
valued at the current market price. The bids submitted were
as follows: Travis, in Austin County south of Brenham, $3,-
586.25; Huntsville, then in Montgomery, now in Walker, County,
$5,417.75; Shannan's Prairie, Montgomery County, east of Nava-
sota, $4,725.00; Independence in Washington County, $7,925.00.
On the first ballot, out of eleven members voting, Independence
received ten votes and Huntsville one. This voting, however,
does not reflect how near Huntsville came to winning, for at
the last moment the community made a donation consisting of
five acres with a one-story brick academy. To offset this Hunts-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946, periodical, 1946; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146056/m1/58/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.