Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 139 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Evil should never be done that good may come, but
the Almighty is pleased to overrule misdeeds for the
accomplishment of important purposes, and, may be,
the darkness of the past is a prelude of future light.
The Baptist church of Huntsville is evidently " coming
up out of the wilderness," and it is hoped, leaning
upon Christ, purified and prepared to shed a light
whose influence shall be felt for great good. An able
and pious minister of that denomination is soon to locate
there, by whose influence the church may be built up
in its most holy faith and purity.
The other denominations are increasing in their
numbers, and are exerting a good influence. The
Cumberland and Old School Presbyterians have each
organized churches within the last two years; the former
of which has a house of worship under contract for
building, and is supplied with a regular ministry. The
latter has lately secured the services of a minister of
the 0. S. Church, who has recently come to the State.
The educational interests of Huntsville have not
been regarded as a secondary object. The early attention
of the citizens to the erection of suitable buildings
for schools, and a judicious discrimination in the selection
of teachers, have advanced the youth of Huntsville
to a higher point of literary acquirements than is usually
found in Texas.
Its future prospects are highly promising, on account
of the recent location of a college, under the auspices
of the Presbyterian church. A charter was granted
during the last session of the legislature, under the
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/139/: accessed June 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .