TEXAS IN 1850.
ers. Men of profound skill, superior acquirements, an
extensive knowledge of human nature, and above all,
of a scriptural piety, can only be successful in Texas.
No field, perhaps, presents more urgent reasons for
efficient laborers. Yet, the difficulty of the work should
not deter any pioneer of moral reform from putting in
an effort of good, however small. A little, in its proper
place and time, answers an important end. We should
not " despise the day of small means." God is often
pleased to accomplish mighty purposes with comparatively
little means. ( The race is not always to the
swift, nor the battle to the strong." David, with a pebble,
killed a giant, and faith in David's God will enable a
comparatively feeble saint to become mighty in demolishing
error, and in building up truth in its purity. " Not
by thy strength, or by thy power, but by my spirit,
saith the Lord of Hosts." He who depends least upon
himself and most upon God, is the one who has the element
of power for the accomplishment of great good.
Whoever comes to Texas to do good might consider
himself upon missionary ground at his first entrance.
So many posts of usefulness would present themselves
before him, that it might cause some hesitancy to decide
which to occupy. Let his advent be East or
West, flourishing towns present themselves, which are
in want of ministers and teachers.
A very common entrance into Eastern Texas, is from
the Red River, by the way of Nacitoches and Fort
Jessup, La., across the Sabine River to Sabine Toxvn,
which is the first town in Texas on that route.
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed August 27, 2014.