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TEXAS IN 1850.

anew their armor in the prosecution of a work, the
accomplishment of which would excite the joy of angels
in heaven and the gratitude of saints on earth. To elevate
the moral condition of a country, containing a population
of millions of souls under the influence of a religion
which in point of absurdity might compare with
paganism, within the limits of our own continent, presents
an object sufficiently important to enlist an immediate
and energetic action of Christians throughout the
United States. While the heathen abroad are sharing
in their benevolent and philanthropic efforts, let not the
heathen at home be forgotten.
Are there not those to whom the importance of the
object addresses itself with sufficieut force to induce
them to volunteer their services for the cause of truth
in Texas and Mexico ? Let each ask himself the question,
what is my duty as an American Christian ?
Mexico is now open for the dissemination of the Word
of life. Its conquest to national power, inspired the
martial spirit of American freemen, and shall not the
sons of peace and righteousness follow up the victory
with those weapons which are mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds ? The work must be done.
The honor of American Christianity demands it, and
who will lead in advance ?
Texas may be regarded as the outposts of the enemy's
camp, and every means should be used to secure
such an important fortification. Here the instruments
are to be prepared to operate upon Mexico. Missionaries
are to be manufactured, which are to scatter the

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