The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 394
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
his plan into effect, for he was not 'released until the very eve
of the Texan Revolution.
But neither Mexican prisons nor the dark clouds of an
approaching war could quell his life-long interest in education.
When Austin wrote to his friends in Texas during the spring
and summer of 1835, despite his many worries, he constantly
reiterated - "Keep the children at school."25
It is extremely difficult to assess the results of Austin's ef-
forts. Probably the most tangible fruit of his labors was the
fact that San Felipe, the capital of his colony, had the distinction
of having not only the first American school in Texas26 but
also the best schools in the entire province. At a time when
other American settlements considered themselves fortunate
if they had one school, San Felipe had three and for a time (1831)
four schools in operation.27
25Austin to J. F. Perry, March 10, 1835. Austin Papers, III, 48; Austin
to J. F. Perry, July 13, 1835. Ibid., III, 91.
26Isaac M. Pennington opened a school at San Felipe during the winter
of 1823-1824. R. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans, 1857,"
Quarterly of Texas State Historical Association, VII, 52-53.
27School Statistics for San Felipe de Austin are listed in the Census
Reports, originals of which are in the Nacogdoches Papers.
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