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TEXAS IN 1850.
citizens of the town still adhere to Catholic practices,
though greatly modified from what they formerly were.
There are other religious denominations in the town,
which, from neglect or inability, have no building for
public worship, as yet. The Methodist denomination
is the most numerous, and is in a very prosperous condition.
A very consistent spirit prevails among its members,
who are, in a good degree, promoting piety among
themselves, and exerting a favorable influence abroad.
They have a church building in contemplation; the
necessity of which is seriously felt, and it is hoped the
plan will be carried into execution, with the promptness
its importance demands.
A lack of appreciation of the great advantage accruing
from suitable places of public worship, is the prime
cause of the many deficiencies which so frequently manifest
themselves. Were the importance of this subject
brought before the popular mind, clothed in its true
light, measures would be immediately concerted for the
erection of churches in many places where they are at
The Episcopal church is supplied by a missionary of
that denomination, who divides his time between Nacogdoches
and San Augustine. It consists of but few
members at present, yet a very strenuous effort is being
made for the erection of a house of worship the present
There are Presbyterians in the place; very few, however,
not sufficient to sustain a regular ministry. Occa
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/104/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .