Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 110 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
Henderson. An institution established at such a
healthy and eligible point, patronized and supported by
the Conference and the Church, will be an important
acquisition to the community, adding greatly to the
prosperity of the town. It is to go into operation as
soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.
A pleasing contrast is often presented, when in our
travels over Texas we meet with a village where peace,
order and prosperity prevail. Though rivalry and competition
in many instances are met with, yet, as a general
thing, an unbiased observer cannot but be pleased
with the improving appearance which the towns, from
the mere resemblance to the populous city, so universally
present. It is this progressive order of things
which inspires hope and confidence when present indications
are not so favorable. The infirmities and transitions
incident to the farming stages of society in new
countries, gradually disappear. The blasts of adversity
in Texas are somewhat like " Northers." Often the
portentous cloud and raging winds seem for awhile to
threaten entire destruction, yet, after spending their
violence a calm succeeds, and a more agreeable prospect
than ever opens,
proving the truth of the adage,
"the brightest sky always succeeds a storm."
Sometimes in our observations, incongruities may appear.
While we see much to admire in Texas, there
is, nevertheless, much to deplore. Were we to dwell
entirely upon the bright side of the picture, no motives
for improvement would present themselves. In no instance
is there to be found such an elevated order of
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/110/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .