Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 176 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
Texas. The soil is of the most fertile character. The
Island is a delightful place of residence. It is supposed
now to contain a population of about eight thousand
souls, a large majority of whom are natives of Mexico
-the remainder, emigrants from the older States of
the Union, several from the Southern and Eastern
part of Texas." This officer stated "that, in his intercourse
with the Mexicans, on both sides of the river,
he found them kind and affable in their deportmenta
simple, inoffensive race -disposed to welcome the
accession of the citizens of the United States to their
Almost every grown man can read in Spanish. He
thinks the character of the country, out of which the
new counties before mentioned are to be organized, is
such as to render them susceptible of a very dense population.
He visited several of the Catholic priests, and
was kindly received, though he does not speak very
favorably of their morals. He visited among the Mexican
families, and circulated among them Spanish Bibles,
which were kindly received. Protestant ministers
of the gospel, and school teachers are much needed in
the upper part of the Rio Grande valley. There is
not one of either of these classes of individuals higher
up than Brownsville, about one thousand miles below El
Who will volunteer in the benevolent enterprise of
furnishing the Rio Grande valley with laborers ? Will
not New England, with her extensive means, lend a helping
hand ? Talent, piety, and enterprise are demanded,
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/176/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .