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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tion"; and had refused to submit their differences to arbitra-
The trustees voted to "sustain" some of the charges of each
complainant. In four cases they disapproved of Dr. Burleson's
actions, including his "remarks about the female department"
and his refusal to submit the issues to arbitration. They dis-
approved of Clark's interference with the men's school, but
ruled that his address to the young women was without
"prejudicial effect against the Male Department."45 After vot-
ing on the charges of Burleson and Clark, the trustees adopted
a set of resolutions regarding the controversy. None of the
charges were of such magnitude, they declared, "as to involve
the character or reputation" of Dr. Burleson or Mr. Clark. But
nothing was "more dangerous and alarming . . . than the
introduction of the difficulties" among the students. The
trustees warned the president, principal, and faculty "that our
patience with their petty difficulties is exhausted"; in the future
the board would "promptly apply the remedy even if it should
sever the ties that connect us together, from President to the
last professor if they shall merit it by their conduct," for Baylor
must have "co-operation and peace." Then the trustees called
in Dr. Burleson, Mr. Clark, and the four teachers in the male
department, had the resolutions read to them, and called upon
each to give "his full assent and 'approval to the settlement."46
The conflict appeared to be settled, and Baylor faced an era
of tranquility. The trustees, however, yielding to rumors and
to outside pressure, reopened the matter in March, 1861. They
began by appointing a committee "to inquire into the difficulties
between brethren R. C. Burleson and H. Clark, if there be any."
Burleson and Clark assured this committee that they had
nothing against each other, that they were willing to abide by
the previous action of the board, and that they had not violated
that settlement. Still the trustees were not satisfied. They
appointed another committee to obtain the signatures of Burle-
son, Clark, and "all of the Professors in either department"
to a statement "having for its object," the trustees declared,
"the restoration and promotion of harmony and peace." This
strange document declared that all reports concerning unfriendly
44Ibid., June 30, 1860; Burleson's charges against Clark are found also in
the Burleson Papers. This document, dated June 29, 1860, was signed by
Dr. Burleson and by the teachers in the male department.
45Minutes of the Board of Trustees, June 30, July 1, 1860.
4Ibid., July 1, 1860.
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