TEXAS IN 1850.
Such delinquencies are utterly inexcusable, as Texas
abounds in all the elements of wealth and power to
carry such an object into respectable execution. It is
only necessary that public opinion receive a strong
impulse towards a system of internal improvements,
and the object might be secured: then the passing
stranger as he traverses this beautiful country might not
have his interest destroyed by the impracticability of
the travelling, so that he turn with disgust
Texas, (as has been the case,) a country unfit for
the abode of civilized man. The State should certainly
possess sufficient pride of character to consider this
subject of serious consequence, and if the legislature
would give it some attention it would evidently facilitate
the interests of the State in reputation and convenience,
in a very important degree.
A country rich in natural beauties and privileges,
without the adornment of art, presents a contrast
which is more apparent and observable, than in those
countries where nature has done but little. Hence
Texas is laid under peculiar obligations to carry her
improvements to a high degree of perfection, and with
her incomparable natural advantages, she might rank
with the first States of the Union. Public spirit is the
propelling agency, indispensable to the interests of a
country, and in proportion as it is manifested and
brought into exercise, in the same proportion does a
country rise in influence, wealth and respectability.
In point of natural resources, Eastern Texas is not
second to any other portion, and time, no doubt, will
Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed April 27, 2015.