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82 TEXAS IN 1850.
Improvements which might be made to the Commercial Interests
of Middle Texas. Adaptation of the Soil to the Cultivation of
Sugar Cane. Facilities for Manufacturing Establishments. Increase
of Population, and Growing Importance. Deficiency in
the Means of Education. An Enlarged System of Education demanded.
An Increase of High Moral Principle, commensurate
with the Increase of Population. The Standard of Piety of Church
Members should become more Elevated. The Harmony and cooperation
of the Different Branches of Christ's Church required.
Houses for the Worship of God. Observance of the Sabbath.
Improvements made in Society during the last three years.
Prospects of Continued Improvements. Destitution of Cincinnati.
Huntsville. Montgomery. Danville. Anderson. Washington.
Independence. Rutersville. La Grange. Bastrop. Austin.
Galveston. Houston. Brazaria. San Felipe. Matagorda.
Old Caney. Changes which have hitherto taken place in Relation
to Towns. More permanency at the present. Sparsely settled
portions of Country. Important Missionary Fields. Need of
Ministers to collect scattered Church Members and organize
Churches. Destitutions in the Old Presbyterian Church. Accession
of Ministers during the last year. Appeal to Churches in
favored portions of Countries to aid the feeble Churches of Texas.
Duty of portions of Churches to Colonize. Necessity of a better
Church and more Action and energetic Piety among the Members.
Western Texas. Counties, Shire Towns. Extensive Territory
yet to be occupied. Variety of Population. Relation of the Indians.
Hostile incursions of Indians during the last year. Immediate
Measures required for Suppressing Depredations. Impotance
of Western Texas. Navigation of the Rio Grande. Other
Rivers susceptible of being rendered Navigable. Fertility of the
Prairie Regions. Manufacturing Facilities. Mineral Resources.
Natural Curiosities. Cross Timbers. Origin of the Old Missions.
Necessity of Protestant Emigration. 'Prevalence of the Roman
Catholic Religion. Immediate Efforts demanded for the Evangelization
of Mexicans on the Rio Grande. Dr. Baker's Report of
the Condition and Wants of that interesting portion of Country.
The Readiness of the Mexicans to receive the Gospel. Eagerness
for Bibles and Tracts. Description of the Upper Rio Grande.
Destitution of Ministers and Teachers. Fertility of the Country
and Inducements for settlers. Recent Organization of Counties.
Appeal for Laborers in behalf of the Rio Grande Valley. Descrip
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