Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 102 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
upon the decline. It has a church building which is
the only one in the town at present.
There are a few Episcopalians, who have a building
under way, which will probably be completed the
There are quite a number of Presbyterians in the
town and vicinity, of the Cumberland and old school
Church, who have in contemplation a building for
public worship. No regular preaching is enjoyed by
either denomination; and a great destitution of the
stated ordinances of the Gospel is felt by those who
appreciate its blessings.
The religious denominations are all comparatively
weak as yet, and need an able and efficient Ministry to
fix them upon a firm foundation and build them up.
Within the vicinity of San Augustine are some highly
respectable Churches of the Methodists and Cumberland
Pres. which have lately erected buildings, and are
proceeding harmoniously, in advancing the cause of
Many locations of usefulness are to be found in country
settlements, where they are so densely populated
as to present opportunities for securing good congregations,
Sabbath and week day schools.
An evil should be sought out and exposed which has
existed as long as such a pernicious one should be
permitted, that of incompetent teachers seeking such
locations in which to exert their " worse than no influence;"
and the people, from the want of better means,
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/102/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .