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it great and durable, can never fail, when its youth have
been properly trained and educated.
An immediate action of the legislature in the appropriation
of means which it possesses, for establishing and
supporting free schools, might settle a point upon
'which are suspended interests of deep and lasting importance
to Texas. A delay is rendering the matter
still more impracticable, and the future prospects will
become darker and darker. Unless this subject receive
attention in the early condition of a country, it rarely
ever acquires that estimation and permanency, which
it does by growing up in the practice and blessing of it.
Obstacles present themselves in every important undertaking,
and require an effort in surmounting, and in
this, the object might, with much propriety, demand an
extra effort. It must be an object of legislative provision.
Reliance cannot be had on the resources of
However much the popular mind may be impressed
with the importance of such an institution, a limit is
placed, which can only be removed by those who are
called to legislate. Other subjects of importance claim
the attention of the legislature, and it seems that the
neglect of action upon this subject is an undue estimate
upon objects according to their comparative importance.
It may be thought a degree of arrogance and presumption
to carry the suggestion on this subject any
farther; but waiving an extreme sensibility and reserve,
we shall farther suggest the propriety of inserting an
extract from the governor's message, 'which will give an
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed February 10, 2016.