Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 157 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
tages for literary institutions of the first order. The
defect is probably owing to the want of suitable teachers
to carry the object into successful operation. The citizens
have been, and are at the present, under the necessity
of sending their children to other places for school
The religious privileges of Brazoria are also limited,
and the future prospects are alarming on account of the
selection of this place, by the Roman Catholics, for the
erection of a spacious church, which object is about to
be carried into execution.
The influence which Romanism might gain upon a
people not strongly fortified by religious principle, renders
the Protestant interests of this interesting section
(f country exceedingly precarious, and appeals loudly
for counteract ng efforts to be immediately brought
into operation. This object, deferred until a future time,
may, perhaps, give the strong-armed foe so much the
advance that no measures hereafter will be able to
counteract. An important opening is presented for
evangelical laborers, and may Brazoria be taken into
the consideration of those individuals who are desirous
of promoting true Bible religion in Texas.
Columbia and Richmond, situated also on the Brasos,
are interesting growing towns. North, on the same
river, is San Felipe, a town claiming some distinction on
account of its early origin. It was founded by Gen.
Austin in 1824, and constituted the capital of Austin's
colony. It was the capital designated for Texas before
its separation from Coahuila, and was the place where
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/157/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .