The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 24
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
virtue and knowledge, then might their parents and whole nation
be reached by the gospel and the glorious results eternity above can
The constant pleas of Houston and Byars to the Baptist State
Convention for its assistance in uplifting the state of the red
brethren were noted until the closing of the reservations.
Baptists talked but failed to act. Byars showed great anxiety as
he presented his report on Indian Missions at the Baptist State
Convention in September, 1858, saying:
Your Committee on Indian Missions have had the same under
consideration and beg leave to report that, owing to the fact that
there have been reports on that subject for two years and no dis-
position manifested on the part of our Board, as yet, to do any-
thing, neither has there been anything done by the General Gov-
ernment or the Southern Board, your committee, as a matter of
course, can have nothing new to report. But we would call your
serious and prayerful attention again to the fact that there are
from six to eight hundred children there now who are susceptible
of being taught-who in a little time will pass beyond ... the
reasonable hope of their ever being reached by the Gospel. What
mighty responsibilities then, brethren, rest upon us. If all this host
of little immortals pass into perdition through our neglect, how
shall we meet their reproaches at the judgment bar of God.7
With all the convention resolutions and the organization of the
women, Texas Baptists failed to establish effective missionary and
educational activity among the Indians. Byars, who had labored
diligently through his church to alleviate the Indians' condition,
must have had a heavy heart when he made his report to the state
convention in October, 1859. It contained notes of deep feeling
and disappointment. His disappointment could have been two-
fold in nature. First, his own Baptist group had failed the red
men; and second, he had been unable to secure the post as gov-
ernment missionary to the Indians on the reservations." In his
report he noted:
That they had the same under consideration and can only make
the sad and humiliating report that, so far as the opportunity
OProceedings of the Baptist State Convention (Anderson, 1857), 13.
'Minutes of the Texas Baptist State Convention (Anderson, 1858), 17.
'T. R. Havins, The Missionary Efforts of Noah T. Byars (Ph.D. dissertation,
University of Texas, 1941), 91.
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