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356 TEXAS. [BOOK II.
live by plunder, are wanting to themselves, are
injurious to all their neighbours, and deserve to be
extirpated like wild beasts. There are others who,
to avoid labour, choose to live by hunting, and their
flocks. This might doubtless be allowed in the first
ages of the world, when the earth, without cultivation,
produced more than was sufficient to feed
its small number of inhabitants. But, at present,
when the human race is so greatly multiplied, it
could not subsist if all nations were disposed to live
in that manner."
That portion of the monied aristocracy of Europe,
who in sumptuous drawing-rooms and spacious
halls indulge in the luxury of ostentatious sympathy
for all races but their own, do not appreciate the
character and situation of the Anglo-American, who
has made his home in solitudes unbroken by any
human sound, save the whoop of an invisible foe.
Accustomed to hear him denounced as a man-slayer,
and a land-robber, they take no thought of the
spirit which has impelled him onward, the qualities
he is constrained to display, and the social ameliorations
of which he is the pioneer. He loves the
wilderness for the independence it confers-for the
sovereignty which it enables him to wield by dint of '
his personal energies. The forest is sulbject to his
axe-its inhabitants to his rifle. Had the same
man drawn his first breath in the land of his forefathers,
he might have been a stunted and starving
hand-loom weaver, or, at the best, a labourer,
faring sumptuously, with a wife and six children,
on an uncertain weekly stipend of eight British
shillings. In the grand old woods where rises the
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/410/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .