Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 114 of 196
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TEXAS 1N 1850.
forth, to rear such an institution at as early a day as is
practicable. It might, perhaps, be proper to invite attention
to Palestine, it being near the centre of the
State, and easy of access from every part, and confident
as we are, that the citizens of that region would
contribute liberally in aid of an object so vastly important.
The location of a regularly endowed institution in
this beautiful and salubrious section of the State, is an
object well worthy the attention of the friends of female
education. The grand design should be, to bring the
means of a thorough intellectual and moral education
within the ability of all classes, the tendency of which
would be, to elevate the standard of female education,
which, from misapprehension of its importance, or from
other causes, has not been made in Texas as prominent
an object as its importance demands. Hitherto, it has
been very much of a superficial character, not so much,
perhaps, in consequence of the means used during the
course of education, as from the limited time which is
usually devoted to its acquirement.
The idea that the intellectual powers of young ladies
become developed, disciplined and educated, during the
short period which is usually employed, is utterly absurd;
and any one acquainted with mind and its operations
would deem it entirely insufficient for securing the
important acquisition of a complete education.
A mere smattering of the sciences does not constitute
an education, nor does crowding the mind with
scientific facts; but an expanding and training of the
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/114/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .