Document 13B: Emily Pillsbury Burke to Board of Trustees of Oberlin College,1850, File of Emily P. Burke, in Records of the Office of the Treasurer, Record Group 7, and in Robert Fletcher Papers, Record Group 30, Oberlin College Archives; (Typescript by Robert S. Fletcher, or student designate, original in possession of Mrs. Azariel Smith in Whittier, CA.)

To the honorable Board of Trust of the O.C. Ins.[A]

        I beg leave to present to your honorable Board the unpleasant situation in which I have been placed by a removal from your institution, saying that I feel I have been treated unjustly and in an unchristian manner. In the first place, I wish you to distinctly understand that I am not grieved by a removal in the act itself, but by the manner which has created suspicions unfavorable to my character as a christian lady. In view of these things I would now beseech you to call for the charges against me and give me an opportunity to defend my reputation, according to the injunction, "Judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."[B]

E. P. Burke

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A. Oberlin College Institute.
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B. Isaiah 1:17. God spoke to the sinners to them what they must do before God would listen to their prayers.
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