The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 7
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Prince Solms's Trip to Texas, 1844-1845
dent of Texas and to get our program under way. A great
future lies before the Society, believe me. Remain at the helm
so that we may work together. . . . You may depend on it
that I won't leave Texas until our colonization program is work-
ing smoothly. . . . This morning [June 19] a Mr. Wilson
of Houston approached me and asked if I were Prince Solms.
Upon my affirmative answer he assured me that the people of
Texas were looking forward to my coming and would receive me
with open arms. . . . After he had praised the Society, he
pointed out the advantages of colonization for Texas and spoke
favorably of the German colonists whom we were bringing. . .
I stressed the fact that philanthropy is the guiding principle of
our work and pointed out the advantages which would accrue to
Texas and to our Society from our colonization program.
Get everything ready for the first expedition and see to it that
the duke of Nassau sends the silver table service; it would be a
pity if he didn't keep his promise. See that it is sent along with
the first emigrants."
If ever a man was disappointed about staying too long in one
place, especially when he was anxious to go to another, it was
Prince Solms. Instead of getting away on the 20th, or at the
latest the 22d, he had to stay in New Orleans until the 29th of
June. It gave him the opportunity to write three more letters
from there, each of which shows his great restlessness. On the
20th he wrote that he had spoken with Armand Ducos, Bourgeois
d'Orvanne's partner, who had told him that without doubt the
Texas Congress would pass every bill demanded by the Society.
Mr. Vogel of the Prussian consulate in New Orleans asked Prince
Solms why the colonization project had not been planned in 1818.
Supported by the German Customs Union, what progress could
this German colony have made in a period of twenty-six years 112
On Sunday, June 23, Prince Solms spent the day hunting alli-
gators on the sugar plantation of Mr. Nogehart, a young French
creole, and proved his prowess as a marksman by killing three
alligators at distances of one hundred to one hundred and thirty
paces. Bourgeois got two shots, but missed.
Although Prince Solms speaks of d'Orvanne as an agreeable
traveling companion, he criticizes him for his carelessness and
indifference in the purchase of supplies needed by the prince and
the advance expedition to get everything in readiness for the set-
uS-B A., XLIX, 127-131.
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