The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 72
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very language seems almost to forbid the cultivation of this most
beautiful of the Graces-unmarried girls are very vigilantly kept
from all intercourse whatever with the other sex unless one of the
parents be present-soon as married they are scarcely the same
creatures-giving the freest indulgence to their naturally gay and
enthusiastic dispositions, as if liberated from all moral restraint-
The complexion of the native mexican is a shade brighter than
that of the aborigines of the country-the men are not generally
well formed in feature or person-are extremely ignorant in all
the advanced arts of civilization-the majority not being able to
read-they are astonishingly expert in the management of horses-
not surpassed perhaps by any other people on the Globe. They
are completely the slaves of Popish Superstition and despotism--
distinguished for their knavery and breach of faith The softer
sex are generally handsome in person and regular in feature and
of rather a brighter hue than the men eyes black, sparkling, hold-
ing most intelligent converse when disposed in the still language
of the affections-wear long black hair handsomely adjusted into
curls and puffs on public occasions-they are remarkably addicted
to dress and Jewelry and on festal occasions appear as richly ar-
rayed as any females I have ever seen-exhibiting no small degree
of taste and are certainly among the vainest of their sex. But
all this show lasts no longer than till they reach their homes, where
they instantly appear as if they might soon be numbered on the
Charity list. The Gochapines' or European Spaniards that dwell
among them are exceptions to these remarks. These are mostly
intelligent and wealthy-became acquainted with a daughter of
one of them. And often have I regretted my ignorance of their
bewitching language. She was of the middle size her person of
the finest symmetry-moving through the mazes of the fandango
with all the graces that distinguish superiority of person of mind
and of soul-her face was perhaps not sufficiently oval to be of
that form most admired as the model of beauty-her features were
beautiful forming in their combination an expression that fixed
the eye of the observer as with a spell-her complexion was of
the loveliest-the snowy brightness of her well turned forehead
beautifully contrasting with the carnation tints of her cheeks-a
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910, periodical, 1910; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101051/m1/80/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.