Texas Presbyterian. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 39, Ed. 1, Saturday, December 11, 1847 Page: 2 of 4
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Kentucky should not license oung
preachers without good litem? qualifi-
cations unless under a pledge to go
where preachers are more needed than
hm. Urgency only should be the er-
1 have led you a sort of isomeric tour
through a part of Kentucky you per-
ceive; but your little faith in the prac-
tice of that art will lead you to suppose
very justly that you have not seen all
that can excite an interest in a Texian
mind. The composed arrangements of
a farm in this State w ith its snug barn
wheat stacks stone fences and fruitful
orchard lends a charm .is you pass that
(beats the memory for the time of the
rich scenes of a Western prairie. Had
you been in fact with me you would
ha vc said to yourself as ou pasted
these are fat hogs those are gentle
cows fine mules. -indeed did Athens
ever have a grove like this or did the
Vale of Tcmpe ever have a spring
bust forth like that old farmer s ? But
you may have seen five times more of
t .is State than I and file hundred of
your subscribers too and may be smi-
ling at my expense all the time you
read (if the time is afforded;) so I will
turn to what may be less observable to
those who travel.
One thine; I notice isthat the religous
denominations use great diligence to
gather sinners from the world's waste
wilderness.not so much to their Master's" '
kingdom as to their own church. There !
is consequently a blight coming over I
the once fair foliage of the Christian '
church. The .leaves here arc looking
sere; the showers from Heavenare few
and light and the traveller often sor-
rows to see the sisns of a coming desc-
l.ilion. And I must tell you u hat is
worse they striw; for victor-over each
..dial .. M trwitl .i.t-1. o lxi .- .....
uimi.uui ... wwi -.iiv- ... ..iifi.-
ring those who are ea-Ily led by every O
wind of doctrine. I have spoken to them
tibout doing thus with the authority of
one coming from the wilderness beyond
Jordan. They confess the fact:; I state
above and say the divine word doesr.ot
justify the course and some have even
resolved (video they get ready.!) to use'
their combattivn energies against the
privations of a frontier .and search for
tie wandering sinner there. Another
is a fact of religious iti'eHigenee that
the Missionary Baptist churches in this
part of the State have refused at their
.Association to hold fe!lout!iin with any
Associations which retain in their
connexion anti-missionary churches.
The Missionary Baptist preachers "are
l.ihoring with zeal and faithfulness
here and their energies seem to have
rebounded wliea the weisht ofAntino-
.mianism was thrown off. Wc know
that God -will bless all efforts to keep
free from dross the precious truths of
our great and common salvation.
Jt affords pleasure to the-advoeatcslif
a universal education that the cause of
common schools is rapidly progressing.
Uncommon diligence bused by enlight-
ened and patriotic citizens of every re-
ligious anil political creed to prepare
the means and open the way for their
a ablishment. J had .never doubted
the time .would be but now I believe it
will soon be that every child in our
'Union will be educated. The cry I
hear is save your country. The re-
sponse is thousands of dollars are hur-
ried from the East to the "West follow-
ing the ignorant immigrants who arrive
from Europe to their homes Jo educate
their children and prepare them to un-
derstand and sustain the institutions of
-the country. They leave the wharves
of the Eastern cities together with the
missionary and the teacher.' This you
will agree with me is-as It should be.
But the great mass of our native chil-
" siren should net be forgotten. Every
Legislature should liurry forward the
common school system. The common
fund should be increased in every possi-
ble way; and yet more direct tax
thould be assessed for the erection of
school houses in every inhabited place
and for a school a certain portion of the
j ear. The right and propriety should
r ever be doubted for a moment. Hous-
f4 and Galveston it is well known
have acted nobly in this cause. Will
you enquire into the condition of chil-
dren in New BKJunfeb and report the
condition of edueation'amoiur the Ger-
man children there T Ir they nre not
""Icajadng the language of our country
.itTnone let the fact be known to the
x jfrhole country : they cannot lone b:
neglected. The determination is fixed
and the means at hand to educate the
children that emigrate to the U States.
May not the interests.of those born of
the first inheritors of the land escape
the providence ofour wise Legislators !
I remain lastingly yours' in brotherly
love " ' C. S. II.
RrT. A. J. McGOWX Enrroa.
SVrURDAY DECEMMHEIl 1I.1?47.
Prosperity of Presbytrrianism. In the
above caption we use the word Presby-
terian in itsgeneral sense including the
various sects who claim to he Presbyte-
rian. In this view of the subject we rejoice
to be able to say (and we believe our
Christian brethren of other denomina-
tions willsharc in joy.) tlir. cause of Pres-
bytrrianism was merer so prosperous as
at the p-xscnl time
Since the division of the old and new
schools of ourold side Presbyterian breth-
ren each body has gone on harmonious-
lyeach laboring faithfully to build up
the cause of Christ in the district of
country committed to its charge : and
though the division was nearly equal
in the short space often jenrs each de-
nomination has nearly made up its loss
presenting to the world two distinct
church organizations each nearly a nu-!
merous. and more ellicient than bcfjre
the division and eaeh upon terms of the'
most cordial Christian leehng towards
Our own branch the Cumberland:
Presbyterian rhurdi which separated
from the mother church some 37 years
Miice lias grown constantly and rapid -
ly and never more so than during the
past few vears o.licr existence. She is
it.. ' .ir-JV. -...
t iecun penrning mr urbanizations
i and gradually-settling down into a reg-
ular and systematic mode of operations
i endeavoring to combine as far as prac-
i ticable. the ;idvnntages of the staled
fiastoral elation with the itinerant sys-
tim of extending the gospel into destit ute
regions of country. We are increasing
the number and efficiency ofour institu-
tions of learning organizing a denom-
inational Board of Publication and en-
.Tinom-vtonflfiin!!i- in tlio ifnmt nnft
B- . . . iS
I Rirrf wn Alissinnnrv pn?prnri7i . u-liilf
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we as we have ecr done are cordially
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co-operating with the various benevo-
lent institutions in which several of the
leading denominations ore united.
Amidst all the variedyand multiplied
difficulties incident to incipient efforts
in the establishment ofa ncwdenomina
tion in this age. of religious divisions
and rivalries amongsects wc have with
the blessing ofGod by pursuing the even
"tenorof ourway" and preaching Christ
crucified as the only but the all suJKcii lit
Jj-javiour of all who jwould believe on
itHim. and relv nnnn the merits nf lfi
uiuuiug uiuuu jur.fjaruuu saucuiicaiion
and eternal life gone on "prospering
and to prosper' until we now number
near 100000 communicants and are.
every year rapidly increasing. 'Our
branch of the church has never vet
numbers for a single year. We now
publish four religious newspapers be-
sides several monthly publications. We
are pushing the conquests of the cross
to the wide spread prairies or Wiscon-
sin'and Iowa? We have unfurled our
banner upon jhe plains or Oregon and
are now preaching the. Gospel' in the
Republic of Mexico and if we have not
alreatly done so expect soon to proclaim
the glad tidings of sal vat ion in the an
cient capital of that ill-fa'ed Republic.
The first voice that ever cried 'pre
pare ye the" way of the Lord." on this
side of the Sabine and amid the vallies
of the Brazos Colorado and Guadalupe
rivers was 'Uttered by a Cumberland
Presbyterian Evangelist Rev. S. Bn-
con whose body found a resting place
upon the banks of the Polyglotchy. J
In more recent times from the Red
River and Sabine on the North and
on the West the Gospel has been pro-
claimed through Cum. Presbyterian in-
strumentality. Nor have other branch-
es of the Presbyterian church been back-
ward 'in the 'evangelization of Texas.
Before the battle of San Jacinto an
bumble missionary of that efficient in-
stitution the Am. Home Misuonarv So-
eicty ItevT Mri Southmayd was found
among us calling sinners to repentance;
nor was his labor remitted until his
body mingled with Texian soiL
As early as 1834-5 several missiona
ry excursions were made 'through por-
tions of this country by the indefatiga-
ble Bishop Benjamin Chase of the Pres-
byterian church near Natchez.) Thr
Chaplain to the first Congress which
assembled in Texas was the Itcv.. W.
W. Hall a Presbyterian Minister from
Kentucky. Our branch of the Presby-
terian church in this State number?
near 3000 communicants. We arc no
informed in regard to the strength o
our old and new school brethren but
know that they have many flourishing
churches in different parts of the State
and our prayer is that their numlier ait"
efficiency may be speedily increased.
Our remarks have bad reference main-
ly to the United States and more espe-
cially to Texas hut we could easily ex-
tend them (and we design doing so at
a future time.) and show that not onlv
in Texns and others of the U. States
but that throughout the Protestant Chris-
tian icorhi the cniwe of Presbyterianisn.
is in the ascendancy offering 4o it;
friends every ground of hope and conti-
dence.and supplying them with strength
to put forth renewed efforts to extend
the influence of "the truth as it is in Je-
sus" in cennection wh the. Scriptural
(as we think) form of church govern-
ment doctrines and usages of genisiiv
A Minister at Neie Braunfrls. We
rejoice to hearthat ourbeloved brother
j Bishop Rcnick has taken tip his abode
the above interesting and importati'
PInt- Ma-vJ lhp J"1 cau!e "" m''or;
torc abundantly blessed in his nev.-
nltmld Tint ha lui n'nnhtjut tn rrit'rt riim.
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self wholly to thj Ministry.
We take the liberty of publishing an
extract from a private.leltrr from a de-
vo'cd Christian ludy resident at San An-
toniogiving .an account of what the
Lordis(ennabling his servants to do for
the promotion of his cause in that in
teresting part of our' State ye-feel
certain that" our friend will forgive the
liberty we have taken in giving publi-
city to the followingcxfracts which we
are aware were not intended for pub-
May the Lord vouchsafe an abundant
blessing upon the faithful labors ofour
Christian sister and her worthy coadju
tors at San Antonio !
We San Antonians afe getting along
pretty much as we were" when you vis- j
ited us in May last nbt'retrograding 1
think but rather advancing which yon i
will say is encouraging. Our Sunday
School is gradually increasing. Oli
how delightful to mecF on'Sabbatl
mornine (he smilinsr faces of our chil
dren. assembled to receive instruction
for their souls eternal wclfijre. ''Hoi v f Yea. it is even now being settled very
good is my Heavenly Father to cast m j fast with enterprizing and very rcect-
lot in a land of such blessed privilege s abl; citizens in the main. Our towns
How precious the Sabbath with all il s" and villages also arc growing hand
advantages. What must an etermU
Sabbath be ! How unspeakable tfc e
mercy that has inclined my heart to love
the Lord's Day. -Bless the Lord O m y
soul and all that is within me bless
His holy iitune." The children attend
well and are interested. Some "of our
very dull ones are arousing and seem to
tie greatly interested in the study of the
Bible lessons. Last Saturdav evening
I had quite a company assembled to
look over the questions. The library
for the school is very good now. M-
De Vilbiss received adon.i'ion ofa bout
one hundred and fify volumes while he
was travelling last summer. Mr. "Me
luuougn personally conrrioutes .one
hundred and both combined constiti i'e
a very decent collection of reading m af
ter. We think it best still to. open a.-e
in unison. Our Presboterian churcliis
not yet finished. A few mora willfng
hearts are needed to come forward -nnd
help in the matter. May God in wfa ose
hands the hearts of all are influence in
dividuals to give a part of what they
have received from Him that a place
may be prepared in which His name
may be recorded and His goodness and
glory manifested in the power of His
There. is considerable interest mani
fested in religions matters. It reallv
seems that the Spirit of God is beginning
to move upon the face of the waters of
souls here 'A petition has been pass-
ed about by aget.tleatanitoiat WlaSa fence plow and sow Tor lue in.er-
cioseu on iuc mjoxu b uay. a?cku4iiwb i
was' made ; three were clpsriPon'
Sabbath. How my heart was rejoiced.
We will not despise the dayof small
things; -wcwill be thankful and hope
in the goodness and mercy of Cod. With
Him all things are possible. 1 feel as if
San Antonio will soon stretch' out her
hands unto God. Oh for the inllucuces
of His Holy Spirit! Happy is that peo
ple whose Cod is the Lord !
We have all been blessed with good
health. From the God of Providence
and Grace we receive daily temporal
and spiritual blessings. We have pence
and harmony in our domestic circle for
which we have great cause ofthankful
ness. Our God is a God of love. Oh
that the whole earth could taste of the
preciousness of that love ; that all could
be brought under its influence. May
tlie hearts of the people of God be so
touched that they shall wrestle with
Him and not let Him go until lie bless
the world with salvation. How dread-
ful the thought that souls are perishing
souls so precious that nothing can be
given in exchange for them; sopr-cious
that the Son of God came down from
Heaven assumed our nature suffered
and died for thein. that they mi-xht he
saved from eternal woe. Can we ever
feel indifference in this matter ' God
forbid C. W. S.
Tar !! Trxa P.-r-lij TrriMi.
Paris Tesa". .n . TitT.
Bro MeGou t
P.'e'ise p Hint metoer.nuii "e (
th? church. nnJ patrons of ynuriutt rc.-t-ing
paper the success o.' our last fall's
meetings in collection with the wants
and presint prospects of the churches
0. ins to affliction hat two of our
Mui.itt.rs v."en able to attend (general
ly) liie meetings appointed": one an
oniaiticd Mi:iiatrr Bro. Proline and
Bro. Traielsted a Licentiate iho.ih
bOiniofuiirEpiiioial Met'jodWt breth
ren labored i faithfully and successfully
with us. forfwhich we feel icry grate-
ful believing that God was .well pleas-
ed to sec it.
Out of six" camp meetings held by us
some 100 persons professed to"fim! the
pearl of great price. At the camp
meeting at which our Presbytery held
its session some 45 professed faith in
Christ. Aside from our camp meetings.
in the Western part of the Presbytery
where Bro. Provine was riding the last
summer season we have had some very
good times and several conversions.
Nothing of an exciting nature came lic-
foro the house during the sitting of the
Presbytery. Some three" candidates
wen: received and one licensed to
preach the Gospel of Christ.
Our Presbytery (Red River) covers a
Plarge extent of country embracing 8 or
10 counties the most of which is good
land destined to.be densely populated.
somely and from their industrv in busi
ness and the interest manifested in the
cultivation of the minds and morals of
their youths bid fair to wield a happy
influence over those who otherwise
might feel disposed to yield to the base
desires of their corrupt na'ures.
There urn calls coming from almost
every neighborhood for ministerhl aid.
but t'lom.thc "-carcity of Ministers ma-
ny important points must re-es-ar ly h.
negleet-d. And where is ih'it faithful
man o Go-I who.c hetT' i!i e- nut yearn
over the destitution ef Zion '
Out ofscrt'c fifteen organized church-
es we h:;e only five oidai:id Minis
tere two of whom are ab-cut or expect
fo be this year and may be. they may
never return to their former fields of la-
bor. We have five others. Licentiates
one of whom has been absent eighteen
months. Some of those who ore Jrving
to labor are enjoying bad health oth
ers poor and encumbered with large
Will not brethren from a distance
feel for us ? Surely God will impress
self-sacrificing. Ministers who arc not
afraid to die to come and answer the
calls of dying souls. Not that the peo-
ple are. not willing lo support Ministers
so far as they are able for the irreli-
gious ns well as the religious are often
found contributing liberally. But the
field is new and partly to be opened.
Wc want Ministers then who can clear
their laborers for years to come
Fulfilling the Scriptures "One man
sowelhand another reapeth."
I'crave indulgence while I would
speak the feelings of my own heart and
doubtless the feelings of others binding
us to love the people of Texas and
prompting us to labor for the cause ot
God amongst them.
First for myself and doubtless for
others they have constrained us whilst
others are no doubt endeared to Texas
and its citizens from the fact that but a
few j cars since it liccame necessary for
each other's safety to combine their
strength together. Again others are
endeared to it because by the assist
ance of their own hands it hath been
redeemed from the power of a priest
ridden people: and again in that re-
demption some of your own kindred
blood has been spilt the tide of which
though after the lapse of years has not
curdled or clotted about your hearts
and their memory is still sweet and
their blood-bought home a gracious
boon to their bereaved friends and fami-
lies. Let us then unitedly raise our
cries to the Lord for help who has de-
clared with an oath that the whole
earth shall be filled with the glory of
S. F. DOXXELL.
y ir U.e Tish Prrtjrte Ua.
Of nil the titles dven to Ministers of
he Gospel I ditli!.e inos- that ot Bishop.
It has hi en so abused in former times.
'tha it brings the idea of a lord over
God's heri'Hge" rather 'ban "an exam-
ple to the flock." "Even Presbyterians
do not consider liithop applicable to
any Minis'er. except tho4c installed
over n church : and wc have but one
u-h in Tevis. T!iC
crdainei nnc tiluui.
ever again use wiy na
:n"t of us wre
If therefore ou
ne in your paper.
p'ease calt me anything else ; but co
not call me Bislmp.
Will you be kind enough to publish
this I Yours very trulv.
. Washington Dec. 8. 1817. """
Fr the Trxa Prebrtrriaa.
The 17ih session of this Institution
will commence on the 20th instant un-
der the most favorable circumstance.
A large addition has been made io the
College buildings affording more am-
ple accommodation to those boarding
at the institution than has been offered
heretofore. A well has also been dug
in the College yard supplying an un-
limited amount of good water.
The following are the terms per ses-
sion of five months :
Elementary Studies-Reading and
Spelling 910 00
Higher English do. IS 00
Mathematics and Languages 20 00
Music on the Piano or Guitar
with use of instruments 2." 00
Drawing Paintintr and Embroi
der" each 10 00
Board in the family of the Prin
cipal per month in advance 10 00
ET'Ench pupil will be expected "to
furnish his own room as is customary
in other Colleges.
N. B. The terms are copied from a
circular previously published.
The Galveston News and other pa
pers frieudly to education. wWl please
INDUSTRY AND INTEGRITY.
There is nothi 14 impossible to man
.which industry and integrity will net
acci niplish. '1 he poor boy o. yrsterda v
o poor that a dollar was a'mcridian
to h:s ison hou-elivt and brendhss
coiiijie lied to wander on foot j'roni vil-
lage to village with his bundle 0:1 his
back in order 'to procure labor and the
mans of. subsi.-tt lice has become the
talented and honorable young man to-
uay oy ine power ot Ms right arm and
the potent influence of his principles
firmly and perpetually maintained.
When poverty and what the world calls
disgrace stared him in the face he
shuddered not but pressed onward'niid
excited high and honorable exert icn in
the midst of accumulating disasters and
calamities. Yet the young may be
cherished for he honors his country and
dignifies his race. High blood if (his '
courses not in his v eins be is a free-born
American and therefore n sovereign and
a prince. Wealth what cares he for
that so long ns his heart is pure and
his walk unricht? He known. ml hi.
country knows and his mmiin .11.
I that the little finger of an honest man is
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