Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 140 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
appellation of" Austin College," and the buildings are
to be erected as soon as practicable. This institution
originated, mainly, through the influence of Rpv. Daniel
Baker, D. D. whose beneficent labors for the good
of Texas, are, in a very important degree, felt and
appreciated. Under the energetic influence of a denomination
whose polity is happily adapted to southern
mind, that salutary and desirable type will be given its
character necessary-for securing public confidence and
co-operation. The citizens of Huntsville and vicinity,
fully persuaded of the necessity and feasibility of such
an institution, have contributed ten thousand dollars to
its aid. In order to carry out the design upon as extensive
a system as is desirable, aid beyond the limits
of Texas will be requisite; consequently public feeling
abroad will be operated upon, for manifesting how great
a degree of sympathy is felt for the promotion of the
intelligence, moral elevation and general good of Texas.
It is hoped that a cordial co-operation may be extended
in behalf of an object of such vast importance.
It is a cause of general interest to Texas, and should
elicit a general co-operation. The present population
will not justify institutions to be purely and exclusively
of a denominational character. The cause should be
regarded as sacred, involving the general interests of
community, both moral and intellectual, and ought not
be marred by the least appearance of sectional feeling
or prejudice. May this institution go into operation
under those influences which shall reflect permanent
good upon the youthful population of Texas-proving
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