The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 100
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
What was said and what was done, at Washington on the Brazos
on the 2nd of March, 1836, need no defense. The pledge made, on
that day, was redeemed fifty-one days later, on the field of San
Jacinto. And when I look over this imperial State, and see the won-
ders, that have been wrought, in the ninety-one years that have
followed; when I see an earnest citizenship of nearly six million
intelligent and patriotic men and women, striving to 'make the
wilderness blossom as the rose'; when I look upon the fields and
see the laughing grain and cotton, greater than the whole earth can
consume; when I see great systems of transportation; thousands of
miles of free public highways; the smoke of vast industries; and
great marts of trade, filled with busy throngs; when I see populous
cities, richer and more numerous than the fabled seven golden cities
that tempted the daring Coronado across the plains of Texas and
far into the sands of Arizona; when I see splendid universities;
scientific institutions; and benevolent foundations, endowed by pub-
lic grants and by universal private gifts; when I see the thousands
of free schools on every hilltop and in every valley; when I see the
smiling faces of more than a million happy children; I can explain,
as did the prophet of old, verily the children of the fathers and
mothers of thirty-six have answered the challenge, they have kept
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962, periodical, 1962; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/m1/124/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.