Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 174 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Dr. Baker, who has recently returned from a missionary
tour in the valley of the Rio Grande, gives an
interesting report of this important section. HIe thus
writes, " In many respects this valley is both important
and interesting. Besides the Americans, there are, by
estimation, some twenty thousand Mexicans scattered
over the valley of the Rio Grande. These Mexicans
are nominally Roman Catholic, but appear, just at this
time, ripe for the gospel. Many, I am told, have come
over upon our side of the river, to get rid of the
domination and oppressive exactions of their priests.
Moreover, they are better pleased with our laws and
government-and, on account of the superiority of
the Americans during the late war, have a profound
respect for every American. Indeed, they have such
a sense of our superiority in the arts, both of war and
peace, that they are willing, as children, to sit at our
feet and be taught; and that especially, as their priests
are generally openly immoral, and seem to have no care
for their souls, but only for their money. Paul could
say, "I seek not yours, but you." Where is the
Mexican priest who can say this ? Echo answers where.
A young man who wishes to labor amongst the
heathen, would not, could not, wish a better field than
that presented in the valley of the Rio Grande -for,
Romanism, amongst the Mexicans, is only another form
of paganism, and very many of these poor deluded
creatures greatly desire to learn our language and our
religion too! They receive Protestant tracts with great
eagerness; will pay for them; and as for the Bible,
Here’s what’s next.
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