Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 190 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
history of civilized warfare. Although those scenes of
blood and carnage are passed by, no one can look upon
those interesting battle fields without feelings of deepest
emotion; and though time may work its changes,
long will it be ere those sacred places lose their power
to interest. The soil which has been wet with human
blood for the defence of liberty and justice, has become
too deeply hallowed, to be soon regarded with careless
Considerable taste and expenditure are manifested in
the buildings of Brownsville. Some dozen brick houses
are now in progress, all of them large and costly buildings,
one nearly covering a whole square, and another
about half a square. The enterprize of the citizens is not
only manifested in advancing the town in its worldly
interests, but a very good degree of interest is displayed
in the promotion of moral objects. Before Brownsville
was six months old, the citizens applied to the agent of
the American Sunday School Union for Texas, for publications
with which to commence a Union Sunday
School. The request was granted, the books were
promptly forwarded, and a school was organized, in
which was manifested a lively interest. The youth of
Matamoras were invited to participate in the benefits of
the Sunday School, and verily, from that city of Romanism,
many came to be taught in the principles of
the holy Bible. This fact exhibits an example of what
Protestant influence may serve' to effect upon the Mexican
population on the other side of the Rio Grande.
May such " light houses " be erected at every point of
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/190/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .