Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 132 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Texas will bear a favorable comparison with any other
part of the United States.
The rapid improvement which is in progress in society
throughout the entire State, gives encouragement for
looking forward to the time when the moral sky of this
interesting country shall be cleared of its dark clouds,
and a clear unclouded day dawn to bless the present
and future generations.
For better illustrating the real condition of middle
Texas, some of the most important towns will be described,
and though some dark shades may blend in the
representation, it must be kept in mind that those contrasts
are decreasing, and that ere long the moral aspect
of the many growing towns of this, as well as of other
portions of the State, will assume a condition which will
bear inspection, according to rules and principles the
most strict and precise.
In our observations upon Middle Texas, we will assume
our position at Cincinnati, a town situated upon
the west bank of the Trinity river, on the stage route
from the Sabine river to Houston. Cincinnati will
scarcely compare, as yet, with its namesake, the
" Queen of the West," but from its favorable situation
in regard to commerce, is destined at some future day
to become a town whose importance may bear a comparison
with any other. Its settlement was commenced
at an early period, and from its peculiar local advantages,
it might have been expected to have arrived at a
greater degree of popularity, than it has, as yet, acquired.
Causes have operated for retarding its prosperity,
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/132/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .