Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

TEXAS IN 1850.

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A good degree of feeling upon this subject is already
manifested in Texas, yet a deeper conviction is necessary
to produce that impulse and enthusiasm in the
leading minds of the State, which shall operate so
powerfully as to pervade the universal mind, and stimulate
to such extensive operations as the greatness of
the object demands.
The importance of elevating Texas to a high point
of moral power and efficiency, is evident from her
present and prospective influence over Mexico. The
openings in this new State for missionary efforts, must
be more justly appreciated, and means used corresponding
to their importance. An interest is beginning
to be felt, which is truly gratifying.
Already this subject is before the many benevolent
societies of the day, and co-operation, to some extent,
extended, but not as its comparative importance demands.
The benevolent spirit of many portions of the
United States is evidently stirred, and much may yet
be expected. Nothing is wanting but sufficient information
of the situation and wants of Texas, to draw
forth a host of volunteers, whose moral influence shall
make " the solitary place glad, and the desert rejoice
and blossom as the rose."
Individuals whose sympathies may become enlisted
in behalf of Texas, will hazard nothing in embarking
on a missionary enterprise, upon their own responsibility.
Nowhere is the worthy stranger made more
welcome than in Texas. The warm bosom expands,
and the friendly hand is extended, making him forget
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