Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 103 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
have often been obliged to employ such pernicious impostors.
It is often remarked in country settlements, that
expense had been bestowed, sufficient to have given
children and youth good educations, who scarcely
had attained the first elements of the common branches,
with any degree of accuracy.
Here suggests one of the advantages which would
occur from the public school system of education, in
which the necessary qualifications of school teachers
is so much a matter of consideration, that no individual
is permitted to assume the important responsibility of
instructing the youthful mind, without having passed a
careful and judicious examination.
The next town on the same route, thirty-five miles
from San Augustine, is Nacogdoches, a town of consid-'
erable importance. This was of early origin, and was
settled almost entirely by the Spanish, and not until
within a few years has its appearance indicated it to be
otherwise than a Spanish town. The population came
by degrees intermixed with Americans, with which the
customs have become so much assimilated, that the
town, at present, retains but little of its former character.
Some indications, however, might present themselves
to the eye of the traveller. The only church
edifice by its "' sign" denotes that the protestant religion
has not assumed that position which it should.
Catholicism formerly bore undisputed sway, but has
yielded in its customs to the more consistent principles
of Christianity. Some of the worthy and influential
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/103/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .