The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 62
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time the board declared that it was responsible to the patrons
"for the good government of the school" and asserted its right
to "scrutinize and judge of every law and regulation" of the
two departments and to correct whatever it considered detri-
mental to the university. While they had granted to the presi-
dent, principal, and faculties "much discretionary power," they
reserved to themselves "the right to supervise and control the
entire Institution in both departments.""3
This reserved right "to supervise and control" was im-
mediately invoked. Principal Clark of the girls' school and the
pastor of the Baptist church in Independence had become in-
volved in a controversy over the question of the attendance of
women students at revival meetings in the church. The trustees
took the matter under consideration and voted that it was
"imprudent and wrong" to prevent students from attending
revival services. Then the board proceeded to lay down the
law "that both the Pres of B. U. and the Prin. of the Female
Depart. shall as ministers co-operate in a cordial, christian [sic]
and prudent manner with the pastor of the Independence
Baptist church in all Revival Meetings he may hold, and en-
courage the attendance of all the pupils, unless it shall be
against the known will of their parents or the express desire
of the pupils."40
Six months later the board of trustees again took a hand
in the internal affairs of the institution by declaring that "the
recent conduct" of some of the male students was subject to
discipline and by voting to "require the faculty of the Male
Department to enforce the By-laws."41 This was in June, 1858.
It is quite clear from the minutes of the meetings of the trustees
that relations between the board and Dr. Burleson were not
entirely harmonious during the remainder of this year. The
minutes of December 4 show that there was a "free and full
interchange of opinion" between Dr. Burleson and the board
in regard to differences between them. It was agreed that "all
differences of opinion heretofore held by each party" should
be "passed and forgotten." Finally pledges of co-operation were
made and "the right hand of fellowship was extended."
39Minutes of the Board of Trustees, December 16, 17, 1857.
4olhdf., December 17. 1857.
4llbid., June 16, 1858.
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