Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 55
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
RESOLUTIONS BY R. A. JOHN AND OTHERS CONCERNING
REMOVAL OF SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSiTY.
Adopted by Board of Trustees at their annual meeting in June. 1910.
Whereas, It is important today to Southern Methodism, as well as to the
general interest of religion and education in Texas, that the institution of
learning established by the Southern Methodist Church at Georgetown, Texas,
in 1873, be endowed for the purpose of cheapening higher education and by
its other advantages secure general confidence and patronage; and,
Whereas, The compact entered into by the five several Conferences of the
Southern Methodist Church in the year 18G9, that culminated in the estab-
lishment of the Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, which was
finally merged in a charter locating and establishing the University at that
place, is a compact that should not be breached by the contracting parties,
unless grave or extraordinary reasons justify the same; and,
Whereas, Antedating its location and anterior to the securing of its charter,
the citizens of Georgetown, Texas, proposed that if the five Conferences of the
Southern Methodist Church should permanently locate its central educa-
tional institution for the purposes of higher education, at Georgetown. Wil-
liamson County, Texas, that they would give large sums of money, lands,
sites, and other properties; and,
Whereas, The proposition so made at that time by the citizens of George-
town was accepted upon the condition and in consideration of the promise on
the part of said Annual Conferences to so permanently locate said institution
of learning at Georgetown, in Williamson County, Texas, and pledged their
continuing support thereto, without regard to personal or local Ireferences,
that said contract is a valid, binding and subsisting obligation, as vital and
as effective today as it was upon the day upon which it was entered into; and,
Whereas, Continuing since the date of acceptance of said donations by the
citizens of Georgetown, upon the faith of its permanent location at this p'ace
the citizens of Georgetown have, from time to time, contributed additional
sums, amounting approximately to the sum of one hundred thousand dollars;
Whereas, Methodist families, including widows with their children, have,
upon the hypothesis that the University should and would be perpetually
located and maintained at this place, moved into Georgetown, and have pur-
chased homes in which to live and educate their children, and a removal of
said University at this time will inevitably destroy the values of said homes
and precipitate an enormous shrinkage of property values in this town, and
for that reason indirectly infict an injury and damage upon those who have
acted upon the faith of those promises so made as aforesaid; and,
Whereas, the Southwestern University from an humble beginning, has
grown and progressed at the sites so chosen by our fathers, until it has be
come one of the largest and most famous institutions in the Southwest, demon-
strating the wisdom of its original establishment, and such splendid growth
being in the nature of a prophecy of a greater growth in the future, and also
suggesting that its removal to any other place would be at best an experiment
and may cause its collapse and destruction; and,
Whereas, This promising future of the University is seriously jeopardized,
if not destroyed, unless it can have the continued and united support of the
Methodist Conferences which created it, as well as the continued and united
loyalty, fidelity and affection of its alumni and former students that have
been educated at its present location, which united support of both Confer-
ences and alumni can be better conserved at its present location than if re-
moved to any other place; and,
Whereas, The agitation of the question, at this or any future time, of the
removal of Southwestern University, or any part of the same, from its present
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/55/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.