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T I E
TEXAS ALMANAC FOR 1861.
P i I E F A C E .
TH E TExAS ALMANAC is now so generally read, and appreciated, that we need say
but little in the way of preface to our present issue, as the objects of the Publishers
have been already fully set forth in former editions. Among the numerous contri-
butions that have been sent to us from all parts of the State, we have experienced
the same difficulty as heretofore in selecting those best adapted to the wants of our
readers; and this has entailed upon us the necessity of postponing, till another year,
mnane valuable articles which either reached us too late, or for which we were unable
to make room, on account of the space we have found it necessary to allot ti (it'.
terent subjects under their appropriate headings. In our Compend. of Texas Ilis-
tory, we have been compelled to omit some important official tluements; but they
will n t be out of place in our next year's edition. We have also to acknowledge our
indebtedness to many friends who have contributed valuable a tiles which we have
iound it impossible to give in our present issue; but we shall carefully lpr'r' ce'
them for another year, and trust this explanation will be satisfactory to tiose who,
have placed us under such weighty obligations.
We may also here remark we have been disappointed in receiving two biogi aphnie-
promiised to us by a prominent citizen of our State, which would have added ,iuii
to the interest of that portion of our work, devoted to the lives of distinguished
Texians, and for which we waited till the last moment, when it was too late to obltiini
other biographies we might have substituted; hence this part of our book is nto e
meagre than it would have been.
Ou(r present work embraces a much larger amount, as well as a greater variety of
reading matter than any former issue; an it has been our study to nimake such sic::-
tions, from the mass of materials in our hands, as we think best calculated to give tlhe
fullest information of our past history,rapid growth and onward progress. Ami, ong th
SIevolutionarv Incidents" will be found some most interesting remCiniscenees, wxhii
hiave been kindly furnished to us by old Texians, some of whom bore aconspiciuou pii
in the Texas Campaign of 1S36, and who in contributing these relics of the past, aRie
furnishing valuable materials for the page of the future historian. Where we have
omitted names, it has been by request of the writers, who did not wish to figure con-
spicuously before the public, but in all such cases w ae are authorized to give thi,
whenever called upon to do so. We have bestowed especial pains in condlensin all
the Laws of the last Legislature into the smallest possible space, which will he iuind
very convenient for reference, as they embrace all the general and special laws, to-
gelier with the joint resolutions, under separate and distinct headings. Our scientilic
articles will be readily recognized as furnished by gentlemen of undoubted scientific
attainments; and the valuable articles which have been prepared for us on Sheep
IHusbandry by Col. Randall and G. W. Kendall, Esq., besides others on Stock-laising,
Agriculture, etc., form a most important feature in our work.
In our description of counties last year, we were compelled to postpone inany,
which were sent to us too late, but which will be found in our present issue. The de-
scriptions of many counties, which we give this year, especially those in remote and
thinly-settled portions of our State, will be found to apply very generally to the sur-
rounding counties, and may be safely taken as such, until we can furnish sep, 'ate
descriptions of all, which we expect to do in the course of another year. Our Rail-
road reports are not as full as we expected, but embrace nearly all the roads now in
operation, and give conclusive evidence of the success of our Railroad Enterprise.
The statistics for all the counties are still incomplete, and also some of the returns of the county
elections, so that our tables for county officers are partially deficient. leaving waited till the last
moment for the Census Reports, we are compellled to go to press with the balance of our lirst issue,
to which we have made solne few additions of articles that had not reached us before. So soon as
the Census returns are complete, we will issue an extra sheet containing them, as a supplement.
ICIIARDSON & CO,
G.tvEsTos, November 1st. 1 6O.
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