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TEXAS IN 1850.

regard themselves temperate. The cause has never
succeeded permanently, until the popular mind became
universally enlisted, and it has evidently demanded the
total abstinence of the " moderate drinker" to restrain
the inebriate. Who, that is a friend to humanity, can
withhold his influence in co-operating in a work so
fraught with good as this ? Neglect this important subject,
and an evil is percolating through the basis of
moral institutions, which shall turn them, however firm
they may now appear, into quicksand, which shall waste
away the country's dearest hopes, and bury in deep
and eternal ruin the souls of the people. As Texians
love their country, the dearest interests of their posterity,
the salvation of their fellow men and the honor
of God, let them ever stand forth as firm champions of
the cause of temperance.
May they go forth and gather in the morally blind,
for whom the institution is mainly intended. May they
cease not their efforts, until every inebriate throughout
the State, from the Sabine to the Rio Grande, from the
Snowy Mountain to the Southern Gulf, be made to
share in freedom, happiness and immortality.

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