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TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO. 87
receive the reward of a Christian life spent in the service:: of his
Master and his fellowman.
There was another preacher, the Methodist circuit rider, Parson
Wright, who preached in the village church during his monthly
round. The writer heard him preach first in December, 1851, in
a little log school house, with puncheon floor and split log benches,
located in the woods, about five miles from Centreville. His congregation
consisted of a dozen or more, and the surroundings were
of the most primitive character, but these things had no effect on
the man. The expression on his face, his tone, and his manner
impressed his hearers with the absolute conviction that soul and
body he was a soldier of King Emanuel, whose hope and aim was.
to uphold the banner of righteousness.
The work of this good man, in that early day, was not one of
ease or profit. His circuit comprised some half dozen counties.
His appointments were so scattered and so far apart, that to preach
at each once a month, necessitated constant travel. Ile traveled
horseback, with Bible, hymn book, blanket and saddle-bags, and
change of linen, when he was so fortunate as to have a change. He
was exposed to all the vicissitudes of the seasons, and he had often
to swim swollen streams, at the risk of his life, in order to meet
his congregations. He cheerfully submitted to all this toil and discomfort,
never uttering a word of complaint. He was a God-fearing,
pious and exemplary Christian man. He, too, has been dead
for many years. He never had an enemy, and his death was sincerely
mourned by all who knew him.
The men here mentioned are but examples of the many and
faithful ministers that labored in early Texas. While many of
them were neither college-bred nor graduates of any theological
seminary, they were honest, pious and God-fearing men, who by
their sincerity and zeal set an example before their fellow man
worthy of all acceptance, which exercised an irresistible influence
Such were the preachers in Texas in the early fifties, who in the
face of danger and appalling hardships laid the foundation on
which have been built the virtue, morality and religious sentiment
that characterize the great mass of the people of Texas at this day.
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