Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

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TEXAS IN 1850.

tions of the "American Sunday School Union" have
been progressing with wonderful success, for the last
three years; and there is, evidently, no greater
indication, in the present attitude of moral and religious
affairs, for permanent good, than the favor which is
shown to the present effort of that benevolent society to
plant a Sunday school where there is population,
throughout the State.
Ministers and private members of all denominations
are generally agreed, in regard to the importance and
utility of such a system of religious instruction.
Schools have been organized in various places, and
thousands of children have been gathered into them and
instructed in things pertaining to their duty to God and
their fellow beings, and made familiar with the scriptures
which are able to make wise unto salvation.
Next to the Gospel ministry, the Sabbath school may
be regarded as the most efficient instrument in the promotion
of intelligent piety and instruction. In many
instances it goes where the minister cannot be sent, (or
if sent, supported,) and plants the seed which germinates,
and, not unfrequently, matures into a church.
Some young churches of good promise, are known to
have had their origin in Sabbath' schools, organized
within the last three years. The great hope of the
church in Texas is in securing the young, and as children
constitute an extraordinary part of the population,
the Sabbath school, as the nursery of the Church, cannot
be too highly appreciated. It affords a means of
grace when no other can be obtained, and by the dis

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