A COMPLETE and correct delineation of Texas is an undertaking
of no small magnitude, and in assuming such a responsible
task, I am aware that much depends upon its successful
prosecution. Motives sufficiently powerful, however, induce
me to make the attempt, and embark my enterprise upon the
uncertain sea of public opinion.
Having spent several months during last year in the older
States, the evidence was constantly presented, that a history,
illustrating the present condition of Texas would be an important
service in enlightening the public mind abroad, relative
to her true character and condition. It is a fact that Texas
is not sufficiently known to give her that importance abroad
which her merits demand, and the object of this work is to
lift the veil of ignorance which now obscures one of the most
interesting and important portions of the United States.
Not having any interest in Texas but the desire of benefitting
it, my representations will, I trust, be impartial, such as
will exhibit its merits and demerits, its wants, and the proper
adaptation of means to supply those wants, and, if possible,
to enlist Christian sympathy and co-operation in aid of evangelizing
a country which is destined, evidently, to exert an
important influence over other contiguous countries.
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed August 31, 2015.