The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 316
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of this Diocese."5 But the Bishop was loyal to his struggling
flock in Arkansas, and did not feel able to comply with this re-
The General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church
met in Cincinnati, Ohio, the following October. On October 4,
1850, the Diocese of Texas was admitted to union with the Gen-
eral Convention, and the next day the Rev. Messrs. Eaton and
Gillette took their seats as members of the House of Deputies.
On October 7, the Rev. Mr. Young joined them, and Colonel
James Reily of Houston, the first lay Deputy, took his place in
the House.5" No other lay deputy, of those elected by the Dio-
cesan Convention, made the long journey to Cincinnati. But
Peter W. Gray, son of Col. William Fairfax Gray, arrived in Cin-
cinnati a few days after the General Convention had assembled.
Eaton and Gillette constituted a majority of the Standing Com-
mittee of the Diocese, which had the power to fill vacancies in
any Diocesan office; so they held a special meeting on October
14, 1850, and elected Mr. Gray a Lay Deputy. He therefore
took his place in the House of Deputies, and served during the
remainder of the session.58
The report submitted by the Diocese to the General Convention
of 1850 showed that at the end of the first year of its existence
the Diocese had eight clergymen and ten organized parishes. Of
these parishes, six reported 262 communicants; and in three par-
ishes there were 33 Sunday School teachers and 210 pupils. After
reciting other items of statistical information, the report con-
cluded with a prayer "that the Great Head of the Church will
direct the attention of some of our brethren, who may be suited,
to labor amongst a community remarkable for general intelli-
gence."'59 The Diocese of Texas was now a full-fledged member
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of
"'Proceedinga, Ibid., 32.
67Journal of the General Convention of 1850, p. 18, 23, 25, 104.
"Report of the Standing Committees Jourc& of the Diocesan Conven-
tion of 1851, p. 20.
5"Journal of the General Convention of 1850, p. 186.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931, periodical, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101091/m1/338/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.