The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 9
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Prince Solms's Trip, to Texas, 1844-1845
to this matter three times, once while still in New Orleans, again
while writing from Houston on July 4, and finally in a letter
dated at Nassau Farm on July 15.18
In a postscript to his long letter of June 25 from New Orleans
Prince Solms again assured Count Castell that they would get
land for a colony and asked that no contract be made with Henry
Francis Fisher, who was then in Germany trying to associate him-
self and his partner, Burchard Miller, with the German noblemen."
On the evening of June 29 Prince Solms finally sailed for Gal-
veston, where he arrived on July 1. He did not tarry there long,
and wrote from Houston on July 4:
The people here are very enthusiastic over our arrival. Royal
salutes are being fired; city officials and others are calling on me
and placing themselves at my service. In short, everybody acts
like possessed. This evening I am leaving for Washington [on
the Brazos]. . . . I shall write you again from Nassau
Farm. . . . Do not forget to send an organ with the
first emigrants. After they have not heard music for a long time,
the settlers will be greatly impressed with an organ, no matter
how small it may be. It is absolutely necessary that every set-
tler is equipped with a gun, a hunting knife, a powder horn, and
a game bag. Cannons are of great service in making an impres-
Before leaving Houston on July 5 Prince Solms wrote that he
then had the definite assurance that the Society would receive
land in the very healthful region of the Medina River west of
San Antonio. By November 1 he hoped to have houses in readi-
ness for some fifty families and to have made the necessary prep-
arations for the debarkation of the emigrants.l9
From Nassau Farm Prince Solms advised in his letter of July
15 that this plantation ought to be divided into eight parts and
each part sold to the younger son of some nobleman.20 Nassau
lelbid., XLIX, 144, 148, 150, 154.
17S-B A., XLIX, 147. The Society took over the Fisher and Miller coloni-
zation contract on June 26, 1844, and placed Fisher on its Council for
I Ibid., XLIX, 149-151. Nassau Farm, as pointed out earlier in this
article, was the W. H. Jack league on Cummins Creek in the eastern part
of Fayette County which Count Boos-Waldeck bought for the Society from
younger sons of the members of the Society.
2nS-B A., XLIX, 152.
20Prince Solms used the term cadet de famille. Presumably he meant the
Robert Mills of Brazoria County on January 9, 1843.
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