The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 82
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82 Texas Hlistorical Association Quarterly.
a history based upon material both intimate and widely drawn
remains yet to be written. By securing the personal reminiscences,
diaries, and letters of those who were pioneers in the church, and
by encouraging a search for and preservation of old records, the
Texas Methodist Historical Association and its quarterly publica-
tion are laying the basis for a satisfactory history. This work is
of interest and importance to all students of the state's history,
for that history has other sides than the mere political with which
we have been disproportionally regaled.
The activities of the Methodist church in Texas go back to, the
period of Mexican rule. Its pulpits, press, and schools have vastly
multiplied since then and have been potent forces in the advance-
ment of the state on its unmaterial side. Stevenson, Fowler,
Ruter, MtKenzie, and Alexander were strong personalities and
appealing evangels, and the last three were instrumental in the
establishment of some of the earliest institutions of learning in
the state. There is something heroic about their lives, and the
numbers of the Quarterly constituting Volume I have appropri-
ately devoted considerable space to the biography and autobiogra-
phy of these pioneers. There is also, to be found in these numbers
a good deal of reminiscent matter and old correspondence which
have interesting accounts of things economic and social as well as
ecclesiastical. It is this manysidedness of much of the matter that
lends to it an added interest for the student of general history. A
history of the Northwest Texas Conference down to 1880 is given
in this volume, and it is to be expected that a similarly complete
history of the other conferences will be given, for the statistics of
membership and of finances contained in the minutes are the con-
crete tests of progress.
The Quarterly is a welcome addition to the historical publications
of the state, and it is to be hoped that it will meet with abundant
E. T. M.
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