Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

CHAPTER VII.
Comparison of the moral interests of Texas with the erection of a
building. Necessity of the correspondence of the parts. The
minutest causes to be regarded. Population to be made up in part.
Dangers of a heterogeneous class of citizens. Difficulties attending
the formation of society. Proper means for obviating those
difficulties. Necessity of high moral principles. Importance of a
concentration of purpose. A model forimitation. Extract, exhibiting
the example of the first settlers of New England. Similar
decision and fixed purpose requisite. Indications of Providence in
behalf of Texas, encouraging to future efforts. United labors of
Christians demanded.
IN the creation of a fabric, much care is requisite
to proportion its parts in such a manner as to give symmetry,
beauty, and elegance to its appearance. A
slight deviation might mar the whole appearance
the
defect would seem so much of a contrast, as to render
the edifice an object of disgust, rather than admiration.
In building up the interest of a new country, the
greatest skill and pains are requisite to make all things
correspond in the way of improvements. The minutest
causes work for good or for evil, and the tendency of
every measure should be properly weighed, before it be
allowed to exert.an influence. The causes of public
corruption and national depravity, at first, are slow and
work unseen ;
they begin to work by insensible degrees,
and are always perceived least by that commu

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