The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 117
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German Settlers and the Indians in Texas, 1844-1860 117
Adelsverein Prince Solms touched on the subject with the follow-
Before I close my report, I must urge on the committee to send
me weapons so that I shall be able to make an impression on the
Indians, with whom I hope to get on good terms, and on maraud-
ers and other vagabonds. I propose, therefore, that those members
of the Society who have in their arsenals many arms no longer
serviceable for Europe may donate them to their emigrating sub-
jects. Since every man here must be mounted, the most service-
able arms would be a rifle of medium length and a sword. The
leather accoutrements of the soldier, as well as cartridges, or at
least powder from which to make them, are also necessary. If in
addition to the two cannon, which I donated to the Society, a small
howitzer were sent along, it would be a very desirable supplement.4
It is very significant, as well as prophetic, that Prince Solms
used the words, "with whom I hope to get on good terms," for the
relations between the Adelsverein and the Indians were very cor-
dial. In his second report Prince Solms pointed out that the
proposed German settlements of from fifty to a hundred families
each need not fear any Indian attacks, but that the fields and
herds of the settlers would not be safe and that the good, un-
located lands situated on the rivers and streams in the mountainous
region could be colonized only after the intervening country had
been occupied.5 In commenting on the Fisher and Miller grant
in his third report, Prince Solms states that most of the grant
German emigration to Texas. In the spring of 1844 it appointed Prince
Carl of Sohns-Braunfels, one of its members, as commissioner-general
and sent him to Texas to make the necessary preparations for receiving
the settlers whom it would send over in the fall of that year.
'Solms-Braunfels, Carl, Prince of, "Berichte des Prinzen Karl zu Solms-
Braunfels an den Mainzer Adelsverein," Kalender der Neu Braunfelser
Zeitung fuer 1916, pp. 18-19. Hereafter the reference will be "Berichte
an den Adelsverein," in Kalender. The original file copy of these reports
is in the office of the City Secretary of New Braunfels, Texas. A photo-
stat copy of the original was made 'by the University of Texas. Refer-
ences to this photostat copy will be given briefly as Photostat Original
Berichie. The complete title of the original copy is Original Berichte
des Prinzen Carl xu Solms-Brawnfels, des General Bevollmaechkigien des
Mainzer Adelsvereins, vomn 25ten October, 1841, bis zum 30ten April,
1845, bezueglich der Gruendung von New Braunfels, Texas. The quota-
tion is in translation.
"Solms, "Berichte an den Adelsverein," in Kalender, 21; Photostat
Original Berichte, 34-35.
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