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TEXAS IN 1850.

in view of the expansiveness of the work, and the comparatively
limited means to accomplish it. Though
there is intelligence, piety and energy in Texas, yet
were it all embodied and made active, it would not be
an agent sufficiently powerful to advance the work of
moral and intellectual improvement, as rapidly as is
requisite.
An object is presented to the moral vision of Christendom,
sufficiently important to enlist an immediate
and extensive co-operation. Were the various departments
of Christian enterprise replenished, Texas might
soon gain moral strength adequate to her responsibilities.
As a missionary field it has strong claims upon
the sympathies, the prayers, and the efforts of Christians.
One who looks at its wants and responsibilities, in
the exercise of Christian philanthropy, cannot fail of
being inspired with the most thrilling emotions, and
must necessarily consider Texas, at this time, one of
the most important and promising missionary fields on
the western continent.
A twofold reason presents itself
her own destitution
urges a claim for efforts in her behalf, and her contiguity
to Mexico and consequent influence over that
benighted republic demands that Texas should be, immediately,
raised to a high point of moral power. Providence
is, in a very important manner, pointing out
Texas as an agent to operate upon the Papal power in
Mexico; and shall not the evident indication be observed,
and improved for the overthrow of error, and
the upbuilding of truth in our land and country ?

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