The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 4
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
know what sacrifices I am making. Give everyone my best wishes,
especially your wife, Leiningen, Zalewsky, and others. God be
with you and with us! From Boston you will receive my next
From Halifax, after a ten-day voyage across the Atlantic, an
unusually short trip for that time, Prince Solms wrote a brief
note. A storm on Whitsunday drove the ship through icebergs,
some of which projected over fifty feet out of the water. About
the storm and other matters, Prince Solms wrote:
We were quite resigned, especially I, for I was convinced we
would be safe. I was sick and suffering, but I kept up my cour-
age. D'Orvanne still has as many wrinkles on his face as ein
alter Dachs; I, well, a mussel shell is smooth in comparison with
my face. . . From Boston, as soon as I shall have assur-
ance of the rejection of the Texas annexation treaty, I shall write
From Boston Prince Solms sent only a very brief note. He
stated that an enclosed report by d'Orvanne was correct, that he
(Solms) would write more fully from New York, and requested
Count Castell to dispatch an enclosed letter to Princess Sophia
of Salm-Salm, his lady love."
In his letter of June 4 from New York Prince Solms wrote
more extendedly as follows:
I arrived here safely Sunday morning with my companion and,
after a two-days' stay, I shall continue my trip by rail via Phila-
delphia and Baltimore to Cumberland, without interruption, I
hope. Then I shall have to use the stage for twenty-four hours
to reach either Pittsburg or Wheeling. From thence I shall go
by boat on the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans. The trip
will require from eight to ten days.
Farther on in the letter in discussing annexation, he wrote:
Annexation holds only disadvantages for Texas. The Texans
are d'argent court [short of money], therefore they will do what
one asks. There is a great future for us if we know how to
use our opportunity. Land will rise in value as soon as condi-
tions are normal and the government has executive power. The
moment annexation is rejected a great commercial and political
4S-B A., XLIX, 112-114.
5S-B A., XLIX, 115-116.
Ibid., XLIX, 117.
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