Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 146 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
ment of the people of Washington. Those individuals
who hazarded their lives for sustaining the Gospel under
the difficulties attending the early times of Texas, truly
deserve a monument to preserve their memory; and
would, that there might be churches of the living God
erected over the dust of all the faithful pioneers who
have fallen in this field of Gospel conflict.
The various branches of the church have regular
organizations in Washington; the Methodists are probably
the most numerous. The Baptists are making
a strenuous effort for building a church, and will probably
succeed during the present year. The Old School
Presbyterian church has recently secured the services
of a minister of that denomination, who came to Texas
during last year, having been sent by the Missionary
Good schools have been in operation some years in
Washington, and the present indications for education
are very promising.
Some twelve miles from Washington, in the same
county, is the town of Independence, whose chief celebrity
consists in being the location of the " Baylor University,"
a seminary of learning under the control of
the Baptist Church. This institution was founded in
1845, principally through the influence of the individual
whose name it bears. The prosperity with which
it has been attended affords an evident manifestation of
Divine favor in its behalf. The circumstances under
which it commenced were not of an auspicious character.
In a building the cost of which did not exceed
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/146/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .