The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 13
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Prince Solms's Trip to Texas, 1844-1845
part so that it could be used for another settlement and another
station on the way to the interior; third, purchase the land in the
Uvalde canyon, which, if bought soon enough, might be bought
at five cents an acre.
To follow up this advice Prince Solms planned to ask the Texas
Congress for a grant of land which would include the fertile un-
located lands on the Medina and extend out toward the south-
west. Such a grant would lie nearer the Rio Grande and might
secure some of the overland trade with Chihuahua. He said that
he would try to get a reduction in the duties on all goods brought
into Texas by the ships of the Society. If he should succeed in
all of this program, Prince Solms said that the Society would
find its whole position changed and, if the Bourgeois-Ducos grant
were not renewed, Bourgeois's membership in the Society would
To assist him in his work in Texas, Prince Solms had asked
for several capable older men, preferably officers, to be sent to
Texas to serve as commandants in the different settlements and
for several young men to act as messengers. He recommended
also the organization of a mounted company of twenty to fifty
men for outpost and patrol duty. He requested that he be
allowed to return to Germany the following spring, since he could
explain better verbally than in writing the changed position of
the Society, the prospects of the colony and of German trade, as
well as the advantages which Germany in general and the Society
in particular would derive from trade with Mexico. He felt, too,
that his personal presence in Germany would enable the Society
to induce the various governments in Germany to join the Society,
thus assuring the colonization work of becoming a national move-
A few days after making his second report, Prince Solms re-
ceived word from Germany that the Society had entered into an
agreement with Henry Francis Fisher to assume the obligations
of the Fisher and Miller colonization contract and from New
Orleans that Bourgeois d'Orvanne had lost his colonization con-
tract and that it was very doubtful that the contract would be
renewed. He spoke to Bourgeois d'Orvanne about the reports
"in the most quiet manner, as one gentleman speaks to another
2 S-B A., XL, 10-28; Kalender fiir 1916, pp. 19-27.
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