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TEXAS IN 1850.

that " he is a stranger in a strange land." No one who
has the desire of benefiting Texas, need be deterred
from the undertaking from apprehensions of not meeting
a cordial reception. People who are using their
utmost power to advance the best interests of their
state, will gladly welcome those who come to do them
good. Indeed, every facility and encouragement is
offered which is in their power to extend.
Privations may be experienced, but these the liberalhearted
individual must reasonably expect, and make
all due allowance. He that is actuated by the superior
motive of doing good, will find all his sacrifices more
than compensated by the satisfaction arising from acts
of disinterested benevolence.
" There is no man who hath left" home and country
"for the kingdom of God's sake, who shall not receive
manifold more in this present life, and in the world to
come life everlasting." Our Saviour, in his dispensations
of grace to man, made worldly sacrifice an indispensable
condition, and the more fully this condition is
complied with, the more ample is the reward. Hence,
to surrender earthly good for the inestimable blessings
of the gospel, should be esteemed an exalted privilege
by every real Christian.
No one has brighter hopes, richer joys, or surer
promises than he who labors for the Lord. The follower
of Christ must follow where his Master leads,
and though the command implies the sundering of the
dearest ties of nature, those tender chords will yield
their hold under the influence of motives in which the

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