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TEXAS IN 1850.
intellectual faculties, by which they become disciplined
for proper investigation and exercise in the various
duties and departments of life. This high attainment,
however, consists not entirely in the cultivation of the
mental faculties, but requires a harmonious culture of
the benevolent affections and moral feelings. Contracted
and insufficient is that system of education which
does not cultivate the heart, bringing into due regulation
the passions, emotions and desires, and a full recognizance
of the supreme authority of conscience over the
whole intellectual and moral system.
That education be upon an important and elevated
plan, it appeals for more efficient and systematic measures
than those hitherto employed in Texas. To
obtain this object, successfully, a regular and systematic
course should be pursued, and the want of an institution
whose system of arrangements embraces these
important considerations, is sadly exhibited by the superficial
character of the acquirements of females who
have emerged into society under the guise of educated
and accomplished ladies.
That female education answer the design, three years
added to the usual course alloted in Texas would not
more than secure the object. An institution, mainly
intended for instruction in the higher departments of
education, would require a preparatory course for admission,
after which the transforming and moulding influence
of three years' discipline and instruction might
justly entitle young ladies to the appellation of accomplished
scholars. The happy results of such an institution,
must manifest itself to every reflecting mind.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/115/: accessed April 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .