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TEXAS IN 1850.

For a people who wish to perpetuate and consolidate
their Union, a fraternal fellowship in all matters
pertaining to their institutions, must be manifested.
Motives sufficiently powerful to excite the philanthropic
feelings of all those who regard the best interest of
their fellow being, are presented, for them to use the
means within their power for the promotion of objects
which must necessarily reflect the influence imparted
them for the good of the country and world at large.
For education to be upon an improved and elevated
plan, it appeals, loudly, to be extended to all
classes, and embrace the general instruction of the
youth of the land.
Throughout every part of the United States, such a
school system should be adopted and established, as
will lay a broad and respectable foundation for the
instruction of the great body of the ieople. Such a
measure would rescue the poor from ignorance, and
would ultimately free the country from those consequences
which every enlightened repu)lican ought most
to dread and deplore. The establishment of schools by
law over Texas, would greatly conduce to promote the
happiness and perpetuate the liberties of the people.
The happy effect of such schools, has been demonstrated
by experience, in various parts of the United
States, and their adaptation to this rising State, every
person, w-ho consults its best interests, must admit.
Education will be limited, as is proven in all countries
where the free school system is excluded, to only
the favored part of community, which are blessed with

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