Minutes of the Leon River Baptist Association, 1871 Page: 6
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it to say the Macedonian cry comes up from almost every part of the
Association, " Come over and help us," and as a missionary body, we
need no arguments to induce us to do our duty. The "field is already ripe
for the harvest," as you will be able to learn from Brother Wright's
report, who has labored as our missionary. Let all the delegates and
pastors urge on the churches to do more, during the next associational
year, to send the glorious Gospel of the Son of Go l to the destitute in
our bounds, and not stop until there shall be a Baptist church estab-
lished in every neighborhood and village that will be self-sustaining.
Report on Education was read and adopted, as follows:
REPORT ON EDUCATION
Your committee beg leave to say that we consider this one of the most
important subjects that will come before this Association. And while it
is a matter of serious regret that so little has been done to provide the
means of either academic or thorough collegiate education, we have
cause for thankfulness that a better prospect now lies before us. In the
last twelve months, much has been said, and a deep interest has been
awakened. We are especially gratified with the view of the case that
proposes good academies or high schools for all our Associations, and
one institution for the whole State that will be thorough in all its parts
and afford the means of a complete education at the least possible cost,
so that our young men, and young ministers especially, who have but
little money to spend, will be able to have equal advantages with the
Associations are more immediately concerned with the academy or
high school. This is all they are able to have or need to build up. Some
of our Associations, as the Waco and Alvarado, have schools of this
class. Others, as the San Antonio and Colorado, have such a school,
tacitly recognized as their own to patronize. The State Convention has
also good schools of this grade, both male and female, under its direction.
Your Body should be looking to this important work. Catholics and
Protestants are looking to the control of this land through this instru-
mentality. They are providing the means to educate your children and
expect to win them to their systems of error. Their past success should
be a solemn warning to us. The North is also seeking to control the
South in the same way. As Baptists of the South we must provide
means to educate our sons and daughters, or see them fall victims to the
purposes of Northern fanaticism and Roman idolatry. Shall we lie idle
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Leon River Baptist Association (Tex.). Minutes of the Leon River Baptist Association, 1871, pamphlet, 1871; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253215/m1/8/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.