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TEXAS IN 1850.
vicinity might present a subject for interesting speculations.
Varieties occur only at short intervals. Frequently,
the red, black and white soil are found so contiguous,
that their colors become blended into one.
Douglass, situated fifteen miles west of Nacogdoches,
is a town which claims a passing notice. It exhibits an
appearance which is peculiar to many other towns in
Texas, not however in the way of improvement, but
The population consists of a very worthy class of citizens,
though not possessed of that enterprise which makes
very rapid strides towards eminence and distinction.
The town can scarcely be said to be stationary; its
advancement, however, is very gradual; and perhaps
a future day will exhibit that its slow progress was a
prelude to a permanent and increasing prosperity.
The religious interests of the town are duly regarded,
and the necessary means for their advancement are in
operation. The Temperance and Sabbath School cause
are exerting their happy influence over the morals of
The Cumberland Presbyterians constitute the principal
denomination of the place. The church is in a
prosperous condition, and embraces many of the citizens
of town and vicinity.
A very good degree of attention is paid to education;
though there is no regularly endowed institution,
yet schools are usually sustained, and have been, hitherto,
conducted by very efficient teachers. A very
consistent order of things is observed, and the people of
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/106/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .