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TEXAS IN 1850.


semination of religious books is creating a taste for
reading, and affording means of moral and intellectual
culture for the ignorant and uncared for. Much of
the ground of Texas has not yet been explored, from
the fact that the field is too extensive for the operations
of one agent. Sabbath schools might be organized in
every settlement could the proper means be used.
Many important points might be made highly interesting
and promising, were the merits of the U. S. S. properly
understood. It would advance the moral interests
of Texas greatly, if the American Sunday School
Union would send a reinforcement of one, or more,
agents to aid the present one in establishing S. S. in
destitute portions of the State. This mighty engine
for good, has been started, and by its continuing to be
propelled, would change the wilderness of moral darkness
into the garden of the Lord.
Every individual who desires the preservation of our
civil and religious rights, the dissemination of intelligence,
the spread of Bible light, and the banishment of
ignorance, crime and every species of evil, will heartily
and cordially contribute his influence and co-operation
in sustaining Sunday schools in Texas.
The great desire which is manifested for intellectual
and moral culture affords a promising indication, and
were the means of improvement adequate to the demands,
a high state of intelligence and piety might be
guarantied to the future generation.
This fact affords encouragement for those to labor
who are already on the field, yet the heart often faints

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