Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 161 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
acquired the name of town, as yet, may start up and
rival others which are of mature standing. To mark
these changes, their causes and consequences, will be a
subject of interesting observation.
There are many interesting growing settlements not
included in our present sketch, which, after the lapse of
a year, might bear a prominent place in a description of
Texas. In some portions which have been omitted, the
population is sparse and widely scattered; nevertheless,
they are exceedingly important, as presenting interesting
fields, which need to be penetrated with moral influences,
and urgent appeal should be made in their behalf.
Members of churches are found scattered, here and
there, like " sheep without a shepherd." Great destitution
prevails among all the denominations of Protestant
Christians. " The harvest truly is great, but the
laborers are few; pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest,
that he would send forth laborers into his harvest."
Perhaps in no denomination have there existed greater
deficiencies than in the Old Presbyterian church. There
are many Presbyterians in Texas, both of the Old and
New School Church, who have been hitherto, in some
parts of the State, so widely scattered from each other,
as to render it impracticable to be gathered into
churches. By emigration, the numbers have become so
much increased, that organizations might be formed in
almost every town. Ministers are essentially needed
to gather these scattered sheep into a fold, and those who
can feel it their duty to submit to the sacrifices and
privations of building up churches under present disad
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/161/: accessed May 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .