Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 173 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
shades of superstition and error, and that they may become
constrained by its superior efficacy to yield to its
happy influence, thus finding in this free land a disenthralment
from mental as well as physical servitude.
There are many exceedingly interesting towns in
Western Texas, some of remote origin, and some which
have come into existence but recently; springing up,
as it were, by magic. Notwithstanding Indian hostilities,
emigration is flowing in, and all the departments of
business and enterprise are in operation. When the
disturbances become suppressed, and the navigation of
the rivers become improved, a more delightful region
of country cannot be found, perhaps, on the face of the
globe. The contiguity of Mexico will require a strong
counteracting influence, and it is very evident that the
most efficient measures are requisite for elevating the
population of the valley of the Rio Grande to a high
point of moral power. The time has come for efforts
to be put forth for this object. A tardiness at this particular
conjuncture may be fatal; other influences may
be permitted to operate so that no means may be able
hereafter to compete and counteract.
It is truly gratifying that there is an awakening to
this subject in Christendom, and that the evangelization of
Mexico is taken into consideration in connection with that
of Texas. A vast field for missionary labor is presented
with urgent claims upon Christians of the United States
for efficient measures to be immediately brought into
operation. The Mexicans are ready and waiting, apparently
to receive the gospel. The door is open and
the field is wide, and " white unto the harvest."
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