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reached as far west as Wheeling. Much earlier than this, around the
turn of the century, the Maryland society had reached beyond the
state to send a missionary to Kentucky. This was exceptional, though
not the only instance. The difficulty experienced by this church was
even more acute than that of the Presbyterians. Not only was it felt
essential by both churches that the clergy should be educated well, but
there also had to be a structure of organization to relate the local
congregations to the greater church in a meaningful way. The Presby-
terians discovered a way to exercise authority across state lines long
before the Episcopalians did.
Texans will fault the book for its rather summary treatment of
developments within its boundaries; no doubt this is inevitable in a
survey covering so much territory and such a great period of time.
But the summary should be accurate. The account of Roman Catholic
work in Texas under Mexican rule is not. Posey asserts (p. 253) : "Aus-
tin tried in vain to have Catholic priests sent to Texas, especially to of-
ficiate at weddings and funerals. ... at the time of Texas independence
there were only two settled priests in the new republic. Both were
in San Antonio and both had led scandalous lives." Austin did plead
in vain for some time for a bi-lingual curate for his colony; in 1831
Fr. Michael Muldoon was appointed vicar, and did reside in San
Felipe de Austin for a year. He was not in the colony after that be-
cause he felt called upon to go to Mexico City to argue the cause of
the colonists for statehood, and there befriended Austin in prison,
probably aiding in effecting his release. Fr. Muro, much beloved by
the people, ministered until 1833 at Goliad. Fr. Diaz de Leon, who
had ministered well at La Bahia, moved to Nacogdoches and served
acceptably during all the unrest of the Fredonian rebellion and its
aftermath; he was not there at the time of the Texas revolution because
he had been murdered in 1834. Certainly there were never priests
enough and sufficient discipline was lacking, but other parts of
Mexico were suffering the same hardships.
There are some other inaccuracies. The date for the adoption of the
constitution of the Episcopal Church appears to be indicated as 1792,
though the sentence is obscure (p. 46); the date was actually 1789.
There are a few typographical errors that should be corrected in a
future reprinting. On page g92 a sentence seems to have been lost
from the beginning of the last paragraph, and on page 285 "Branham"
should be "Brenham."
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