Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

TEXAS IN 1850.

83

tion of San Antonio. Gonzales. Seguin. Of the Country situated
on the Gaudaloupe River. Influence of the Temperance Cause.
School Houses and Churches taking the place of Grog-Shops.
Description of New Braunfels. Comal Town. Valley of the Co.
mal River. Castroville. Beauty of the Natural Scenery. Indianola
Goliad. Towns on the Rio Grande. Edinborough. New St.
Louis. Brownsville. Roma. Rio Grande. Laredo. El Paso.
Necessity of re-enforcing the latter towns with strong Protestant
Influences, on account of their prospective influence over Mexico.
Retrospect of Texas. Her Early History. The Noble Sentiments
of Freedom evinced by the Early Settlers of Texas. The
Achievement of their Independence. Foundation for the Prosperity
which has succeeded. The Immense Improvements. Motives
for Emigration. A Field for Interest and Usefulness. A Great
Work yet demanded. A Contest waged. Texians called upon,
to gird on their Spiritual Armor. An Appeal for Christian Volunteers
to aid in this Holy Warfare.
WHAT is Texas in Territory ? Were we to attempt
to define the limits of Texas, we should come in collision
with the claims of the General Government, which
admit of less territory than Texas understood former
stipulations guaranteed to her.
According to the boundary which Texas claims, the
State extends from the Gulf of Mexico, three leagues
from land, to the mouth of the Rio Grande, thence up
the principle stream of said river to its source, thence
due North to the 42d degree of latitude.
This boundary was defined by an act of the first Texian
Congress, and continued to be regarded as such to
the period of annexation, at which time, it was understood
that the Government of the United States recognized
it, and, by the resolutions of annexation, provided
that "the territory properly included within, and be

Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed December 27, 2014.