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TEXAS IN 1850.

cially if the number bears any considerable proportion
to the old inhabitants. Even if that proportion is small,
the effects are injurious, but in the immense accession
to population which Texas has in prospect her danger
is extreme. Society will have to be formed under difficult
circumstances; if the emigration is vicious it will
corrupt, and if it is virtuous it will have to blend and
assimilate; and how are those difficulties to be met and
counteracted ? Nothing but a firm and virtuous principle
diffused throughout society, sufficient to act as a
restraining and transforming influence, will mould such
discordant elements into their proper shape. Public
sentiment must be so infused as to be able to withstand
all opposing currents, and turn everything which comes
within its influence into its proper channel.
Let the atmosphere of those lovely prairies of Texas
become instilled with the spirit of virtuous independence,
so that whoever inhales its balmy fiagrance may
become the subject of its happy influence. Let firm
and exalted principle be the light-house to guide the
stranger to a home in Texas, and here let him buy,
build and plant let him live, spread and flourish, pursuing
interest and happiness in every mode of life which
enterprise can suggest or reason justify, under those
institutions which heaven will bless and prosper.
However dark and discouraging the moral aspect of
affairs often appears in Texas, there are many highminded
souls, who, with an eye of faith, look over the
lowering mountains of present appearances, to the time
when those rough places will be made smooth, and

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/64/ocr/: accessed September 28, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .