Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 175 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
when they get a copy, they consider it a great prize.
0, how much good could a missionary do amongst this
people in the valley of the Rio Grande ! But, he must
be acquainted with the Spanish language, and must be
willing to go from ranche to ranche, and fare hard.
Will not some of the young men from our Seminaries,
go to this region, and try to bring these poor benighted
ones under the Protestant and heavenly influences ?
While in Brownsville, Dr. Baker saw a colporteur,
who had just come down from Roma to Brownsville on
the Mexican side. On his trip, he had sold forty dollars
worth of books and tracts.
An officer connected with the U. S. army, who is an
intelligent New Englande1r, and a member of the Congregational
Church, recently communicated to the agent
of the American Sunday School Union, for Texas, the
following valuable information in relation to the country
of the upper Rio Grande, and its inhabitants.
"This is rapidly becoming quite an important part
of the State of Texas. Its salubrious climate, fertile
soil, and superior advantages as a pasturable and graingrowing
country, are rapidly attracting to it a numerous
and valuable population. The civil authorities of Texas
are now actively engaged in extending its jurisdiction
over that interesting part of the State. Measures are
now in progress for the complete organization of the
counties of Worth, El Paso, and Presidio. Immediately
opposite El Paso is an Island about twenty-five miles
long, and five miles wide, formed by a recent cut-off in
the Rio Grande. This Island is within the limits of
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