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TEXAS IN 1860.

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of Eastern Texas. A false show of truth is more to be
feared than error itself; unmasked, people can judge of
its true character, but when it comes under the cloak
of truth, fatal are the consequences to those who have
not the discernment and prudence to look behind the
curtain.
The unadulterated principles of the Gospel will only
secure a firm foundation, upon which to erect the temple
of truth. Hence the necessity that those who assist
in forming the religious principles of a country, be men
of correct sentiment,
cautious in assuming a position
and firm in maintaining it. True Bible wisdom is requisite
for those who officiate in public capacities to meet
and counteract the various prejudices and caprices,
which are presented in society as newly formed as in
Texas. The admonition of the Saviour applies with
much propriety to such, "L Be ye, therefore, wise as serpents,
but harmless as doves." Nothing of permanency
is, as yet, acquired, that is found in old or settled
communities -change, to a very great extent, is the
order of the day. Enterprises, promising much good,
may be in successful operation with every appearance
of permanency, and, by some sudden and unaccountable
freak of opinion, may be suspended entirely, or transferred
to some other point. Public sentiment is changable,
and cannot be relied on with that degree of certainty
which is necessary to that permanency which is
desirable. Hence the revolutions which are so constantly
occurring. These difficulties, to be counteracted,
require the transforming influence of skilful practition9

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/94/ocr/: accessed August 31, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .