Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 183 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
from the United States, the proper elements are possessed
for its future advancement and prosperity. The
Gaudaloupe river is susceptible of being navigated as
far as this point, which advantage, combined with rich
and fertile lands, cannot fail of rendering Gonzales an
Seguin, shire town of Gaudaloupe county, deserves
a passing notice. It is a small, though growing town,
and has lately made an acquisition to its reputation by
the erection of a neat chapel for public worship, being
the first church edifice ever dedicated to the worship
of God in Gaudaloupe county.
The portion of country on the left bank of the Gaudaloupe,
from the coast as high up as Comal county, is
in a highly prosperous condition. A traveller recently
passing over that section of country, thus writes: " In
travelling upon the west side of the river, as far as Seguin,
and along the whole journey, a constant succession
of new plantations was presented, and the appearance
of the whole country is greatly improved within the past
year. The inhabitants are in good spirits, and prosecuting
their agricultural improvements with vigor.
Farms and plantations are being enlarged, and buildings
in much better style than formerly, both as it
regards comfort and appearance, are being erected.
" Every where are to be met the Sons of Temperance,
whose benign influence is abundantly manifest all over
the country. Nowhere is this influence more manifest
than in Gonzales and Seguin. Schoolhouses
and churches are every where taking the place of
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/183/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .