Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 154 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Galveston is superior to many other places whose pretensions
have been greater than a Texan city has been
permitted to 4claim. That baleful nuisance to public
has not been permitted to be
reared as yet, and long may the counteracting influence
of religion and the good sentiment of Galveston
keep this bane from intruding its demoralizing effects
upon the youthful population of that community. However
Texas may be represented in other respects, she
can boast this exemption, at present, over other southern
States; and may her cities continue to grow up
under those influences which shall find a substitute for
those amusements, which are, in their tendency, directly
calculated to deprave the heart and depress the
standard of virtue and morality.
The situation of Galveston, being surrounded by
water, is peculiarly delightful. The Island is thirty
miles in length, and varying from one half mile, to one
and a half in breadth. It is destitute of trees, excepting
those which have been transplanted, and in this
artificial improvement, the people of Galveston have
not been deficient. Shrubbery of every variety is cultivated
with a great degree of taste. Flowers of every
description may be seen at all seasons of the year.
Oranges and lemons grow well, and various other
The appearance of Galveston is imposing, and cannot
fail of striking the stranger with a favorable impression.
The breezes from the Gulf are very refreshing,
and serve to purify the atmosphere and render it health14
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/154/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .