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out more, many more, of their numbers, to occupy the wide
and destitute fields of the south west. New-England has
done much to spread the gospel in other sections of country;
but she owes to Christ, to the church of God, a great
deal more, in strengthening the hands and encouraging the
hearts of Christians, who are occupying the destitute fields in
Texas. She might, without impoverishing herself, send
scores of her young ministers to scatter the good seed, in fields
which would amply compensate the labor; and it is evidently
her privilege and duty to do so.
Knowing as I do the extensive means in her power, I am
bold in presenting the claims of Texas.
Having identified myself with the interest of this highly
interesting State, its wants I justly feel, and in advocating
its cause, I am fully aware that the importance of the object
justifies me in the performance of the duty.
The growing importance of Texas is a matter of serious consideration.
It embraces a territory much larger in extent than
New England, and with its fertile soil and genial climate it may
naturally be inferred that in the course of a few years it will
be filled up with a dense population. Whether the blessings of
the gospel will accompany all the changes which will evidently
take place, is a question of infinite importance. Now is the
time for action, the future nay be too late. We must all
work, and work all together, if we expect moral enterprises
will increase and spread, with t'ie increasing and spreading
population of the State.
Cincinnati, Texas, 1850.

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