Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

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TEXAS IN 1850.

difficulties with which Texas was then involved, spoke
much in favor of what might have been done under
more favorable circumstances.
The rigid school of discipline in which the early
settlers of Texas were trained, was favorable in nurturing
a firm and persevering spirit, by which they were
enabled to encounter and overcome obstacles, which,
at this period, were not of an inferior character; and
probably would have discouraged any but those who
claimed the privilege of styling themselves Texians.
Analogous to the mountain oak, whose roots become
firmly fixed by being often exposed to the raging blasts,
Texians, by the difficulties they had to encounter, became
more firmly established in elevated and virtuous
principle.
After struggling several years under difficulties,
resulting from the limited means of a republic of such
small extent, it was thought expedient for its future
interest and prosperity to become annexed to the
United States. Accordingly, after the necessary preliminary
arrangements, Texas was admitted into the
Union, and to all the privileges consequent to that
alliance.
After five years' successful operation, the country's
rapid progress has stamped her future prosperity beyond
a matter of uncertainty. An influx of intelligent
and enterprising citizens has given such an additional
strength that the car of improvement is fast advancing;
and should it continue to be propelled with the accelerated
velocity which may reasonably be expected, Texas

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