Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

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TEXAS IN 1850.

Some degree of attention to the cultivation of flowj
ers is observable, but nothing in comparison to whal
might be done in a country where so little trouble
demanded to render every garden like another Eden.
The natural and physical resources of the countr
being so great, an inferiority in her moral and intellec
ual, would appear an incongruity which is entirely inco
sistent. These, however, are on the advance in Texa
Moral sentiment is assuming an elevated standard, fro
which may be inferred, that her future character will
on a level with the most moral portion of the Union
The addition to society from the older States within th
last few years, being a refined class of people, has ha
a tendency to polish, greatly, the roughness of chara
ter and manners observable in newly settled countrie
From actual observation, it may be confidently asserte
that in point of intelligence, refinement and gentilit
Texas will bear a favorable comparison with any oth
State, according to its population. There may be so
exceptions,
dark shades of character blend their co
trasts in the society of every country.
The uncouthness of the early settlers of Texas i
greatly modified by their kindness of manner, which
a very prominent characteristic, and cannot fail of stril
ing the stranger with the impression of its being a mof
perfect specimen of politeness, than is often observab
where society claims a high degree of refinement und
the false show of affectation.
One who knows how to set a just appreciation upO.
character, cannot fail of admiring the native simplicij

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