Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 194 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
rivers, bringing rich freights of merchandize to the
wharves, and returning deeply laden with the staple of
the country, bound to distant markets. The lands have
increased in value, and the influx of population has
opened a market for articles of home consumption.
Great as has been the increase, there are thousand3
of acres of good land, well watered, and well timbered,
to which we would invite the attention of emigrants,
well assured, that in comparing the advantages which
Texas presents to the planter, the merchant and the
mechanic, with those of other States, in any point of
view which she can be taken, she will suffer no disparagement
from the comparison. Is it health which is
sought for ? The uplands, with their never-failing streams
of pure water and pleasant groves, enjoy a salubrity of
climate surpassed by no climate on the face of the
globe. Is fertility of soil the desideratum? The alluvial
lands of the various river bottoms have no superior
in the United States. If beauty of scenery is
required, the high rolling prairies, redolent in verdure,
now gradually rising into hills, now gently sinking into
valleys, combining richness of soil with the loveliness of
nature, present a sgenery, at once calculated to rivet
the attention and call forth the admiration of the beholder.
An inviting field for interest and usefulness is presented,
and an elaborate plea may with propriety be
made in behalf of a country combining such important
advantages. The prospective importance of Texas
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/194/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .