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which may not be raised there. Maize, rye, barley,
and oats; peaches, melons, figs, and in the warmer
sections olives, dates, pine-apples, oranges and lemons;
the sugar-cane, tobacco, and short stapled
cotton, are all mentioned among successful crops in
this midland region.
It is not wild nor Utopian to hope that, by a systematic
and united effort, free emigration, and free
labor, and free institutions, may attain a predominance
in this territory. As we have said, it is as
yet thinly settled. The inland parts of Texas, and
more especially those directly west of Louisiana,
and south and west of our Indian territory,* do not
now contain an individual to the square mile. In
those parts, if northern settlers will turn thither, if
northern capitalists will assist them, if northern associations
will unite them, if Christian principles
will rule them,-in those parts may be planted freedom
in Texas. Those parts of the country may one
day be its wealthiest, its strongest, and its most
populous parts. Those parts may at no distant day
supply by their looms and their workshops, the manufactures
which their slave-holding neighbors need.
Those free States shall hem in, shall discountenance,
shall work the end of the domestic institution.
Their institutions of learning, their schools and colleges,
and libraries, shall enlighten Texas. And it
is not impossible that this result may come soon. It
is not extravagant to hope for it.
* The territory to which the Indians have been removed by the U. S. government,
comprises the districts west of Arkansas and Missouri. It has been ceded to the removed
tribes for ever.
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Hale, Edward Everett, Sr., 1822-1909. How to Conquer Texas, Before Texas Conquers Us, pamphlet, January 1, 1845; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2357/m1/8/: accessed June 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .