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TEXAS IN 1850.

under very trying circumstances; and the signal manifestations
of Divine favor in its behalf, affords encouragement
to hope that God has yet great designs to accomplish
in this part of his moral vineyard. Catholicism
has been supplanted, and over its broken altars has
been reared the Protestant faith, which has shown that
an open Bible and a dissemination of its principles has
a power in enlightening and purifying the mind in regard
to all those things pertaining to the well-being of
man, here and hereafter.
The pioneers of the Gospel in Texas had innumerable
dii.culties to encounter, and evidently required a
true missionary zeal to plant the standard of the Cross
in this then destitute land. The seed of truth was
sown at the expense of many a valuable life, and may
an abundant harvest yet be reaped over the dust of
those who have fallen victims to the intense labors attached
to a Texian ministry. But many of those faithful
laborers still survive to witness that their labors
have not been in vain in the Lord. A foundation has
been laid, upon which may be erected a structure
whose beauty may yet attract wonder and admiration.
Much yet remains to be done. The work is but commenced;
the most powerful and efficient means are yet
required to accomplish it. The best indication is the
degree of feeling manifested to have the institutions of
the Gospel extended throughout the State. Yet, a
deeper feeling is necessary, ere we see Texas shining
forth in that moral beauty, which her importance in
the eye of Heaven demands. Her own strength must be

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