The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 28
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knowledge of new countries generally, I would have great confi-
dence in your judgement; in what part of the country would you
advise me to pitch my tent? I wish to combine the advantages
of health good land etc etc? Well . . . Sir, you must recol-
lect you are now in Texas, and it is large, and a d-d fine coun-
try. ask such a man, pointing to him, and he will tell you that
such a point combines more advantages than any other, because he
made his own selection, and lives there. ask such another one,
and he will tell you that some other point is the most desirable,
for the very same reasons, and so of all the rest. but, continued
he, throwing aside all jesting and joking, partialities and preju-
dices, I'1 . . . d-d if a certain section of country, nam-
ing it, does not only combine more advantages than any other por-
tion of Texas, but . . . sir, it is the cream of the world. In
what section of the country have you located yourself Captain?
Wy ! right there as a matter of course . . . sir, where else would
you suppose ha ha. I soon found on pushing my enquiries, that
the Captains replies, though laconick, were in the main correct,
that every man deem'd his own judgment in selection preferable to
that of his neighbour, and all seemed mutually pleased, as every
man in the country seemed to be satisfied in his own mind
that his particular choice was preferable to all others.
Such was the happy state of feeling in the country at that time,
which is certainly not common to be met with in new countries.
Unfortunately however, this state of things did not continue to ex-
ist very long. For so soon as the hardy and adventurous pioneers
had by dint of industry and indefatigable perseverance pruned the
wilderness of some of its asperities, and by many a hard fought
skirmish dispersed the cannibal, and other savage bands, that in-
fested the country, and rendered its settlement hazardous, things
by degrees began to wear a new aspect. It was ascertained by
degrees that emmigrants to Texas, were not immediately eat up
by cannibals nor torn to pieces by wild beasts-that the sword of
civil war was sheathed, and that their bodies were not entirely
ematiated by famine-that they possessed a fine champaign coun-
try, with a mild and salubrious climate, soil inexhaustible in its
fertility, and that a kind and munificent Providence sent them
rain in due seasons-and isolated neglected, and despised, as Texas
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