Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 127 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
concerning the general intelligence of whose citizens we
are wont to boast so much, and this is the State which
aspires to become the empire State of the South West.
Verily, it is time we were doing something more than
making constitutional enactments and legislative appropriations
in behalf of education."
Many parts of middle Texas, however, art manifesting
very laudable exertions for the extension of education,
but as a general thing, not adequate to the wants
of the population. ' Several important institutions of
learning, are located in the different towns, conducted
in a muanner calculated to exert a salutary influence
upon the rising generation. Much remains to be done,
however, in order that this portion of Texas may extend
the means of education to every youth within its borders.
Present and prospective resources would justify an
enlarged and comprehensive system of education, and
duty most imperiously enjoins strenuous efforts for the
advancement of knowledge in equal ratio with other
departments of improvement. Those great highways
of intellectual and moral culture, high and common
schools, must be opened in town and country, in order
to secure that honor and prosperity which should characterize
an enlightened and christian people.
The impression should be cherished, as indeed it is
by judicious people, that a strong conservative principle
must be put forth at this eventful crisis
which, perhaps, a pure religious element can alone
Whether the future career of this interesting por
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/127/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .