Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

TEXAS IN 1850.

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corrupt public sentiment. By the proper efforts on the
part of the friends of morality in circulating the cheap
evangelical publications of the various benevolent
societies, that flood of demoralizing reading which
is deluging many portions of our country, might be
driven back. The reading taste in Texas is forming,
and susceptible of a favorable stamp; if the literature
which is circulated at the present crisis be sanctified in
its character, its sentiment will become a principle of
moral and intellectual dignity
an element of fire,
purifying and subliming the mass in which it
glows.
A taste for reading is far less natural than acquired,
and hence it becomes necessary to nourish it with suitable
aliment.
The circulating libraries of the American S. S.
Union, and religious books, scattered over the country
by colporteurs, are proving powerful elements in imparting
moral elevation in the community of Texas, and
afford ample encouragement to extend such operations,
by the various benevolent societies.
Booksellers might do extensive business in all the important
towns of Texas, and if of the right kind, would
do much good in promoting a moral sentiment among
the people. An improvement in the way of text-books
for schools is evidently demanded. Among the many
causes which should operate in Texas for increasing the
well-being of society, that of enlarging the usefulness
and operations of schools, by a judicious assortment of
books, presents a claim upon the consideration of
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