The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 80
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relieved by the ameliorating circumstances which the improved con-
dition of man has imparted to it. Peace would be joyless, because its
train would be unattended by that civilization and refinement which alone
can give zest to social and domestic enjoyments; and how shall we protect
our rights if we do not comprehend them? And can we comprehend them
unless we acquire a knowledge of the past and present condition of things,
and practice the habit of enlightened reflection? Cultivation is necessary
to the supply of rich intellectual and moral fruits, as are the labors
of the husbandman to bring forth the valuable productions of the earth.
But it would be superfluous to offer this honorable congress any ex-
tended argument to enforce the practical importance of this subject. I
feel fully assured that it will, in that liberal spirit of improvement which
pervades the social world, lose not the auspicious opportunity to pro-
vide for literary instructions, with an influence commensurate with our
future destinies. To patronize the general diffusion of knowledge, industry
and charity, has been near to the heart of the good and wise of all
nations, while the ambitious and the ignorant would fain have threatened
a policy so pure and laudable. But the rich domes and spires of edifices
consecrated to these objects, which are continually increasing in numbers,
throwing their scenic splendor over civilization and attesting the patriotism
of their founders, show that this unhallowed purpose has not been ac-
complished. Our young republic has been formed by a Spartan spirit.
Let it progress and ripen into Roman firmness and Athenian gracefulness
and wisdom. Let those names which have been inscribed on the standard
of her national glory be found also on the pages of her history, associated
with that profound and enlightened policy which is to make our country
a bright link in that chain of free states which will some day encircle
and unite in harmony the American continent. Thus, and thus only, will
true glory be perfected; and our nation, which has sprung from the
harsh trump of war, be matured into the refinements and tranquil
happiness of peace.
Let me, therefore, urge upon you, gentlemen, not to postpone the matter
too long. The present is a propitious moment to lay the foundation of
a great moral and intellectual edifice, which will in after ages be hailed
as the chief ornament and blessing of Texas. A suitable appropriation
of lands to the purpose of general education can be made at this time,
without inconvenience to the government or the people; but defer it until
the public domain shall have passed from our hands, and the uneducated
youths of Texas will constitute the living monuments of our neglect
To appraise faithfully the paramount and enduring per-
formances that have eventuated from this chartered course,
outlined for the infant Republic, we must briefly examine
the stormy past of Texas in contrast with the future evolved
in the climate of enlightened freedom so soundly portrayed
and so eloquently and wisely adjured.
Frank Pickrell, Haymon Krupp, Rupert Ricker, Hugh
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