Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 145 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
ments. The importance of making due improvement
of those privileges is beginning to be appreciated; and,
when put into practical operation, will greatly conduce
to the interests of the town and country.
A great improvement has been made in the appearance
of Washington during the last year by the erection
of several handsome buildings, among which is a
large and commodious house for the worship of God.
The liberality manifested in behalf of this Church
edifice, speaks much in favor of the spirit of the citizens.
This enterprise constitutes the brightest ornament
of the town, adding greatly to its character in all
its relations, morally, socially and religiously.
Though reared by the Methodist Church, it is not
designed to be exclusively local and sectional.
As a house for the worship of God, it will be common
property, and under the peculiar economy of the
Church which is to control it, its doors will be open to
all, and its " seats free." It is farther designed to
enliven and perpetuate the life and character of Dr.
Ruter, an eminent Christian, a worthy minister of the
cross, whose life was sacrificed for the promulgation of
the gospel in Texas; he died and was buried at Washington
in the year 1837.
A very laudable emulation has been manifested to
contribute to the rearing of an enduring monument to
his memory, a church of durable material which is to
bear his name and perpetuate his many virtues.
This enterprise is truly praise-worthy, and it would
be well for others to take example of this noble senti
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/145/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .