Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 113 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
manifested by the citizens, which, with the superior natural
advantages the town possesses, will render it in the
course of a few years a very important town.
Although but two years old, all the various departments
of business and enterprise are in successful operation.
The population comprises some three or four
hundred inhabitants, who exhibit a' more elevated
standard of morality than is usually found in settlements
so promiscuously formed. Quite a portion of the
citizens of town and vicinity are connected with the
Church, of which all the various branches have regular
A great degree of interest is manifested in the cause
of education, and a very laudable effort was made for
securing the location of the Methodist institution,
recently established at Henderson. The people of
Palestine made a very liberal contribution, but the
town of Henderson, possessing the advantage, was able
to send up a more liberal proposition, and secured its
The many advantages which Palestine possesses,
render it a very suitable situation for a literary
One of the objects to be brought about for the benefit
of Texas, is the planting of a Female Seminary of high
order, at some favorable point of the State. As yet,
there is none upon that elevated place, which secures
to young ladies a complete and thorough course of
education. It becomes highly necessary at this period
of improvements, that vigorous efforts should be put
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/113/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .