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TEXAS IN 1850.

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is destined to be, ere many years, a State, which, in
importance, will be second to none other in the Union.
Possessing a climate as mild as far-famed Italy, and a
soil favorable to the production of every thing earth
can yield, and having a decided advantage over all thd
other Southern States, in point of health, it cannot
fail of attracting to it an immense emigration. As
has been hitherto, it is to be hoped that the intelligent
and moral only, will find their way to Texas. A good
influence is particularly demanded as this juncture is
an important era in the establishment of those principles
which are to tell on future generations.
As a country grows in prosperity, moral and intellectual
improvements must keep pace, and as tliese, at
present, are of the onward march in Texas, no emigration
is desired which has only for its object speculations
of worldly interest to the exclusion of every other
consideration. To those who have the philanthropy
and public spirit to get good and do good, Texas presents
an important and interesting field. An opportunity
is presented for the development and exercise of
all the noble faculties of the soul. To aid in advancing
a country as favorable to improvement as Texas, is
an object which merits the co-operation of the most worthy
and energetic.
A moral grandeur is attached to enterprises, in which
national interest predominates over selfish ends; and
should a truly prosperous individual be looked after, he
will be found with a heart too expansive in its operations
to be satisfied within the narrow circle of private
interests.

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/12/ocr/: accessed July 25, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .