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64 TEXAS ALMANAC.
Among those most conspicuous for their patriotism, were Dr. Geo. M. Patrick,
James Lindsey, Winm. B. Scates, Win. Hardin, R. Morris, W. Griffin, with others
heretofore mentioned, and some not now recollected. But I can not omit to men-
tion one, to whom not only Liberty county, but the whole country owes a debt of
gratitude; I mean, DAVID G. BURNET, whose participation in our troubles dated
from their very commencement. For a considerable time his influence was exerted
to moderate the impetuous and apparently premature spirit of resistance. When
action was called for, he was found ever ready, and by his cool intrepidity and pre-
sence of mind, he more than once succeeded in allaying disputes, and arresting a
resort to arms, that might have been seriously injurious to our cause, until finally
the leaven of revolution not only spread through Liberty and Brazoria, but extended
throughout the country, and when the time for united action came, he was among
the most active and the most decided. As an acquaintance of Judge Burnet for
over twenty-six years, I can say that the citizens of Liberty owe him a debt of gra-
titude. The fair fame of that county is in no small measure owing to his counsels,
his firmness, zeal, and moderation, which gave tone and dignity to the due ad-
ministration of justice. His valuable assistance in the organization of that juris-
diction into the Third Municipality, can not well be forgotten, and I dare say, the
records of that county, if preserved as they should be, will long attest his services
in giving unpaid instruction to the many new judges. Hle has labored long and
faithfully for the public, at his own expense, while others have let no opportunity
pass to make private gain even at the public expense. Judge Burnet is now liv-
ing in retirement, having little or nothing to show for the labors of a long and well-
spent life, chiefly devoted to the public service, without remuneration.
A CONCLUDING SUGGESTION.
Certain it is, that those who participated in the privations and sufferings of our
revolution, have never been, and, indeed, can not be, adequately rewarded. But
there is one act of justice, which can be, and should be performed, and the neglect
of which is by no means creditable to our people. Is it not due to the honor-and
reputation of our State, that some suitable monument should be erected on the
ground that drank the blood of our martyred citizens, commemorative of the event
that secured the liberties of Texas, and inscribed with the names of those who par-
ticipated in it ? Many of them have already paid the last tribute to nature, and
their number is rapidly diminishing from year to year. Should not Texas, with a
large surplus in her treasury, and not owing a dollar of debt, do something for the
memory of the past ?
THE WHEAT REGION AND WHEAT CULTURE IN TEXAS.
BY J. W. LATIMER.
WTEAT, within a very few years, has become one of the staple products of Texas,
and its culture has grown into an importance to the agricultural interests of the State
little dreamed of ten years ago. To show the rapid increase in its production, it is
only necessary to state, that in 1850, according to the census of that year, only
41,729 bushels were grown in the State, while it is safely estimated that in that
portion of Northern Texas comprising the 16th Judicial District alone, namely,
Collin, Grayson, Cook, Denton, Wise, Parker, Johnson, Ellis, Tarrant, and Dallas,
there has been grown the past season more than 2,000,000 bushels, and that, too,
with an almost minimum yield per acre. Ten years ago, wheat was cultivated in
inconsiderable quantities, more as an experiment than otherwise, and at most, to
furnish breadstuffs to those districts of country inaccessible to market. It has thus
been grown in quantities nearly sufficient for home consumption in some of the Red
River counties for twenty years past. Indeed, its culture for this purpose was in-
troduced into the prairies of Red River county by the first settlers, as early- as 1833.
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