Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

TEXAS IN 1850.

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ored and worshiped; and though the Invisible One is
not confined to temples made with hands, yet his sanctuary
is a place in which he has ever been pleased to
manifest his power and glory, and in which he has set
his name for adoration and worship. The broad expanse
of territory pertaining to Texas, will, probably, in the
course of a few years, become populated; and can the
hope be indulged that over the beautiful prairies will be
scattered, here and there, houses in which to worship
God ?
The importance of church edifices must be taken into
consideration at an early period, and consecrations made
for the object. Desires will create resources, and efforts
for the accomplishment of objects will always correspond
with the manner in which they are appreciated. Wealth
is not the motive power alone, which puts this machinery
of public good in motion; it may be advanced with
comparatively small means, as is proven by New England
example. When will Southern people imitate this
pre-eminent. praise-worthy example, and make their
Superior means of wealth subserve its most important
end, that of contributing to the honor of God and the
happiness of man!
To whom are we to look for engraving this sentiment
upon the public mind ? To the Church and her ministers
evidently belong the responsibilities of diffusing
Gospel principles, of which this bears a prominent part.
With the exception of those found in the cities and
large towns, there are very few church edifices whose
appearance manifests that taste and neatness which is
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed September 19, 2014.