The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 14
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in matters of business." Then a correspondence ensued between
the two, Prince Solms advising Bourgeois d'Orvanne that he had
lost his position as colonial director but offering to retain him
in the employ of the Society. Bourgeois d'Orvanne did not accept
the terms, namely, a salary of five per cent of the net proceeds
of the Society or a salary of five per cent of the net proceeds to
be derived from land sales in the Fisher and Miller grant.26
On August 26, 1844, Prince Solms made his third report. He
wrote from San Antonio that Bourgeois was very much dis-
gruntled over his dismissal as colonial director. He reported that
the land along the Colorado in the Fisher and Miller grant was
all located but that there was still a large amount of desirable
unlocated land in the grant. He regretted, however, that the
grant was not in the direct line of trade from San Antonio to
Mexico, a fact which might prevent accomplishing one of the
three objects of the Society-the enlarging of German trade.
From Col. Jack Hays he heard that Henry Francis Fisher be-
lieved that it was impossible to make the first settlement on the
grant itself, since it was too far from the coast, an opinion for
which Solms gave Fisher great credit. For the first settlement
Fisher had acquired, as Hays reported, a compact tract of
eleven leagues of land on the Guadalupe beginning twenty miles
above Seguin. Solms described the tract as running thirty-three
miles along the Guadalupe to its source, a matter in which he
was clearly in error. He pointed out that the northwestern part
of the grant consisted of the hunting grounds of the Comanches,
whom he proposed to force into a treaty or else administer such
a crushing defeat to them that they would not molest him for a
long time. Twenty or more of Castro's colonists, who had been
in San Antonio since May, offered to serve under Prince Solms
against the Indians. He would not, however, estrange them from
Castro, not wishing to give Castro a pretext for complaint
against the Society. He requested that as many emigrants as
possible be sent to Texas by the end of March, 1845, since the
probability of success would be greater with a larger number of
Foreshadowing his next report he wrote that he would go to
Nassau Farm in Fayette County, as he had been requested to do,
28S-B A., XLIX, 171-179; XL, 38-42.
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