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TEXAS IN 1860.

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The evident need of such improvements in the Eastern,
as well as other portions of the State, appeals
loudly for attention to this department of enterprise.
The cultivation of the soil has absorbed the attention of
the citizens mostly, and hence this object has been neglected.
Could some of the manufacturing enterprise
and ingenuity of New England be extended into Texas,
it would, greatly, conduce to the interests of the State,
as well as afford a profitable speculation for those whose
enterprise might lead them to undertake it.
The tide of emigration is fast filling up this section of
country, which is generally of an excellent class of
people, and who seem disposed to settle permanently,
and are turning their attention to the improvement of
farms
to the erection of comfortable and handsome
dwellings
planting out orchards
cultivating gardens,
shrubbery, and in fine to all the necessary objects
connected with refinement and comfort.
A great variety of fruit is found to succeed in Eastern
Texas, comprising most of those found in the torrid
and temperate zones. The most prominent are figs,
peaches, plums, cherries, grapes, apples, lemons and
oranges. The productions are various and abundant.
Cotton, Indian corn, tobacco, rice, wheat and sugar,
are the staple commodities.
Being a fine grazing country, it is well adapted to
stock raising, and which is pursued to great advantage.
Herds of cattle of the finest kind, several hundreds
together, and thousands in some places, are not an uncommon
sight. From the little care and expense which

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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/88/ocr/: accessed September 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .