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TEXAS IN 1850.

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Christian benevolence are more consistent for people
who have become proverbial for liberal and elevated
sentiment. It may reasonably be expected that the
time is not far distant when an enthusiasm becoming
our holy religion, shall be kindled upon the altar of
every heart, and the ordinances of God's worship be
duly appreciated and honored, and efficient measures
used to support them throughout the length and
breadth of this beautiful State.
When this subject has acquired that interest which
its importance demands, more aid from abroad will be
elicited, and the now barren wastes supplied with able
ministers of the New Testament. The supply, at present,
is far inadequate to the wants of the population.
Many more devoted men-men qualified to gather
congregations and plant churches where no foundation
has been laid, are needed in Texas.
The best men should be sent to a new country.
There cannot be a greater mistake, than that ministers
of inferior qualifications will do for Texas. The material
which has to be operated on, requires the ablest
skill to mould. Intel igence among the people enables
them at once to take the measure of a man's talents;
and to secure that influence which a preacher of the
Gospel should possess to be useful to the people, requires
that he should have a th )rough intellectual education.
It seems peculiarly necessary in Texas, that the
standard of scriptural pi4ty in the ministry and the
members of the Church, should assume a higher elevation.
In order to carry those enterprises into successful

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/34/ocr/: accessed December 4, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .