Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 168 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
occupied. Its immense extent of territory, its heterogeneous
population, gathered from every country, the
conflicting elements which meet in its social state, the
obstacles to be met and overcome in evangelizing it,
and the means requisite for bringing the land under
the influence of evangelical religion, are subjects which
give this division a greater degree of interest than any
Although some parts claim a very early settlement,
it is much more sparsely settled than Eastern or Middle
Texas. The relation of the Indians has been greatly
embarrasing. Until recently, quite a proportion of
Western Texas has been the abode of tribes of hostile
Indians, and even now along the whole extent of the
Rio Grande, the names of " Camanche " is a sound of
dread alarm. The protection of the frontier from the
incursions of the Indians is a subject of deep importance
to the interests of this interesting portion of the State.
The depredations which have been committed during
the last year, plainly manifest the unprotected condition
of a portion of the United States which has an
unquestionable claim that its citizens should be guarded
against such ruthless outrages. It is a lamentable fact,
that numbers of lives have been sacrificed, property
wrested from lawful owners; inflicted, too, upon persons
who depended upon the assertions of the nation's executive,
having migrated to the frontiers of Texas, there
to meet death upon the spot, where the nation had promised
them safety. This state of things ought not to be
permitted to exist; and it becomes the General Govern
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/168/: accessed March 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .