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TEXAS IN 1850.

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ultimately be successful. Many who have come to
Texas to repair broken fortunes, though they did not
meet with an immediate flow of wealth, have, by indefatigable
and persevering exertion, realized their expectations.
A competency may be easily acquired; and affluence
is at the command of those who aspire to it. He who
keeps his speculations within a laudable compass, cannot
fail, ultimately, of rising to independence and
wealth.
Nature has done much for Texas, but for her advancement
in wealth and commercial importance, great improvements
are requisite. These, however, will probably
receive attention as soon as the circumstances of the
State will admit. With the enterprise of the Texians
much may be predicted. No obstacles have ever yet
defeated the skill and enterprise of man, in that they
are determined to carry into execution. For the truth
of this, reference need only be made to the gigantic
improvements spread over the United States. What
was considered by the timid and irresolute, as impracticable,
has, nevertheless, been accomplished. An immediate
improvement in the navigation of the rivers
would facilitate greatly the prosperity of the State; and
it would not, unquestionably, be an unwise arrangement
for the general Government to make some appropriations
to aid such an important object. As public expenditures
have been made in behalf of other portions
of the United States, it might reasonably be expected
that the wants of Texas should be taken into considera

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/20/ocr/: accessed December 6, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .