The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 63
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Bcaylor University, 1851-1861
In February, 1860, the board moved further in the direction
of a closer control of the university in two of its actions. In the
first place, it adopted a resolution requiring the president and
the principal to submit the catalogue manuscripts to a committee
of the trustees for approval before publication. Also, a com-
mittee of trustees was appointed to visit both departments of
the university to examine the "course of instruction" in the
By June, 1860, the trustees were convinced that the an-
tagonism between Dr. Burleson and Principal Clark was "operat-
ing injuriously" to the welfare of Baylor. They, therefore,
requested "these brethren" to adjust their controversy and to
give the board proof of a satisfactory agreement. In the event
that they could not arrive at an amicable settlement, they were
"expected to lay before" the board their grievances against each
other for adjustment by the trustees; and "if either of them
fail or neglect to comply with above request, we request his
or their resignations, as this injurious state of things must
cease."43 When the two adversaries appeared before the board
and reported that they had failed to reach an agreement, the
trustees directed them to furnish the board with a written
statement of their "aggrievances one toward the other." In
compliance with this action, Dr. Burleson and Mr. Clark again
appeared before the trustees, read their charges against each
other, and made speeches to sustain them. Each made six
accusations. Today, these charges do not appear serious; in
fact, they seem almost childish. Perhaps the most serious
charge was Dr. Burleson's complaint that Mr. Clark had inter-
fered with the management of the male department. Burleson
also accused Clark of treating "me and my wife with disrespect
in not allowing the daughters of my friends and brethren to
meet a few select friends at my house" and of using his "official
position" in a speech to the women students "during school
hours to prejudice young and unsuspecting minds against me."
Clark charged that Burleson had compelled him "to arise in a
religious assembly to reply to what I and others conceived a
personal attack upon me"; had permitted the male students
to make "a disrespectful demonstration" toward him (Clark);
had publicly "made disparaging remarks of the Female institu-
42Ibid., February 9, 1860.
43Ibid., June 28, 1860.
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