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from the grant, Prince Solms wanted to go to Washington to be
present at the meeting of the Texan Congress in December, where-
upon he was going to Indianola to make his headquarters there.
He did not, however, go to Washington, but Henry Francis Fisher,
who was to have accompanied the prince, went to request the aid
of the Texan Congress for the Society's enterprise.29
Concerning the Fisher and Miller grant, Prince Solms advised:
We must by all means secure an extension of the grant south-
ward and then take a new outlet on Corpus Christi Bay, and to
this end we must start negotiations with McGloin about the land
which he owns there. Only then will trade with the Rio Grande
be assured, which at this very time is threatened by the English
colony on Mr. Kennedy's grant, located as it is on the Nueces
and the Frio. McGloin's land is located better and is nearer
the sea than that of the English company, and since we would
sell goods cheaper to the Mexicans than the English would, we
need not fear their competition. I am on the best of terms with
the English. If we execute the suggested ideas we shall own a
splendid, fertile stretch of land from the Colorado to the Frio,
suited to every type of cultivation, to cattle raising, rich in min-
erals of all sorts.0
Reverting to the subject of the annexation of Texas to the
United States Prince Solms predicted that very few voices would
ever be raised again in Texas in behalf of annexation, unless the
land-grabbing policy (landgierige Politic) of the United States
should force Texas into approving annexation. "Once Texas is
annexed," he said, "will the Rio Grande ever be a boundary for
the Yankees, the great 'go ahead' nation ?" and continued
Then the United States will control the trade of the whole Gulf
of Mexico-and what will become of European trade there? Will
England and France and the more directly affected Mexico toler-
ate that? Then war will again be the watchword, and Texas
will be overrun with adventurers and bad characters from the
United States. The first step in the complete ruin of all Euro-
pean trade [with Texas] is the annexation of Texas.
290Solms to Jones, Houston, November 2, 1844, in Anson Jones, Memo-
randa and Official Correspondence, 391. The aid desired was granted in
the form of a resolution passed on January 29, 1845, and allowed the
grantees of the Fisher and Miller colonization contract until March 1,
1846, to introduce the first third of the six thousand families called for in
that contract. H. P. N. Gammel, The Laws of Texas, 1821-1897, II, 1091-
3"S-B A., XL, 50-51; Kalender fiir 1916, p. 38.
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