The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 3
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Prince Solms's Trip to Texas, 1844-1845
picion among the American settlers in Texas against the Society's
program, the appointment of an agent in Galveston and Houston,
the keeping of accounts against the credit of 25,000 florins
($10,000.00) placed at his disposal, and the founding of the first
Prince Solms left Germany about the middle of May, crossing
the English Channel to Dover on May 16 aboard the Princess Alice.
He met Alexander Bourgeois d'Orvanne in London that same
evening and traveled with him until he dismissed him in San An-
tonio in August, 1844. From the time he left London, May 18,
1844, until he left New Braunfels, May 15, 1845, Prince Solms
wrote fourteen letters to Count Castell, the Society's business di-
rector, and sent eleven reports to the Society's directorate at Mainz.
It is from these letters and reports that this article has been
From London Prince Solms wrote on May 18:
I received all the credits and the letters and have been here
since the evening of the 16th. . .. The first person whom
I met in London when I alighted from the omnibus was d'Orvanne.
He had an audience yesterday with Prince Albert, who received
him very graciously. The latest ship [from America] has brought
the news that a treaty to annex Texas to the United States has
been signed by the representatives of the two countries; never-
theless, here as well as in the United States, annexation is con-
sidered impossible. All articles in English and American news-
papers which I have read about the matter express the same opin-
ion. The Senate of the United States will reject annexation,
since it would result in a declaration of war by Mexico . . .
and by England, France, and Russia. The United States govern-
ment, whose finances are unsettled and cannot stand the strain
of war, will not be so foolish. This is, as I have said, the opin-
ion of newspapers and of those persons with whom I have spoken,
especially stock-brokers. . .. This evening at half past eight
I am leaving for Liverpool on the Royal Mail train and to-morrow
at half past eight I am sailing for the United States on the
Caledonia. Everyone for himself and God for us all. In spite
of the deep pain of parting, my courage and confidence are at
high pitch. [Our colonization plan] will and must succeed. You
'Solms-Braunfels Archiv. XLIX, 106-111. The reference here used is to
a collection of transcripts made under the writer's supervision from pho-
tostats in the Library of Congress. Subsequent references to this collection
will be given in the abbreviated form of S-B A.
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