Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 131 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
evils and the judgments which follow in the train of
Sabbath desecration, if christian people of this interesting
State would secure to themselves and posterity the
enlightening and purifying influences of the Christian
religion, the Sabbath must be observed in accordance
with the Divine command, " Remember the Sabbath
day to keep it holy."
There must be on the part of ministers, prompt, kind,
united and persevering efforts to bring this all-important
truth in contact with the popular mind for the prevention
of this immoral practice. The influence and example
of church members, by assuming a decided stand
in favor of the proper observance of the Sabbath, would
gradually wear away the pernicious custom. A general
and timely attention to this subject should be
regarded as one of the means of the moral renovation
of society. In proportion as society becomes elevated,
in the same proportion is the observance of the Sabbath
considered indispensable to its well--eing.
Some parts of middle Texas have lost the appearance
of new settlements, having, by moral improvements,
assumed the marks of refined and social life. Those
infirmities incident to the forming stages of society in
new countries, gradually disappear under proper influences.
From the changes which have been wrought
within three years past, the stranger could scarcely
admit that such an elevated condition of society could
comport with the character -which Texas is so erroneously
supposed to possess abroad. For refinement,
intelligence and morality, quite a proportion of middle
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/131/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .