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TEXAS IN 1850.
and she, from her boundless resources, can furnish an
ample supply. Could we be permitted to return to the
land of our nativity, and re-enter those literary halls we
were wont to frequent, no greater pleasure could be
afforded than to appeal to the sympathy of pious individuals
in behalf of the Rio Grande valley. Of itself, it
is immeasurably important, but in casting an eye westward
and looking at the extensive missionary field which
comes up with its claims, it seems to possess attractions
which would inevitably enlist an interest, and inspire
immediate efforts in its behalf.
The field is sufficiently expansive to enlist a host of
volunteers. Mexico must be evangelized, and a concentration
of effort is demanded for the enterprise.
Souls must be disenthralled from darkness and error in
that benighted Republic ! The Saviour demands it
the travail of his soul, his dying agonies, his intercession
demand it; and will Christians linger ? The work
is great--nevertheless, it can be done. An immense
"crevasse," as Dr. Baker observes, is opened; and
shall not floods of light and streams of mercy flow in for
the enlightening and purifying of the nation ? The
influence must be raised -the appointed means of gospel
dissemination must be put in operation ! Ministers,
Bibles, and Sabbath Schools are the agencies; and, let
these be brought to exert their influence, and Mexico
will be seen shining forth in moral beauty and splendor.
The stronghold of Romanism will require a persevering
effort to remove; yet, by the appointed means, the
defying front which it now presents will, by a gradual
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/177/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .