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1844, but Fisher, claiming he had been empowered by the Society's
executive committee to appoint agents, wanted to have the firm of
E. Kauffman & Co. act as agent in Galveston. Prince Solms re-
fused to dismiss D. H. Klaener, but did consent to have the
firm of E. Kauffman & Co. appointed as agent at Carlshafen. He
asked the Society for directions for dealing with Fisher and ad-
vised the Society never to give Fisher the actual management of
its affairs in Texas, saying that its interests would not be pro-
moted by the appointment of Fisher to the position of commis-
Little else was contained in the sixth report which was made
from Port Lavaca on December 23, 1844. On that day Rev. L. C.
Ervendberg, who had been in Texas since 1839 and whom Prince
Solms secured to serve the settlers as a Protestant minister, con-
ducted services in the camp at Port Lavaca. He conducted Christ-
mas Eve services the next day, using as a Christmas tree a large
oak tree decorated with many lights and hung with many presents
for the children. The prince had furnished both the tree and the
presents. Ervendberg celebrated the sacrament of the Lord's
Supper on Christmas Day.85 The Rev. Father Alexander of Bal-
timore had not as yet sent a Catholic priest to Texas for the
Society, as Prince Solms had requested, but Lanfear, the Society's
banking agent in New Orleans, had written the prince that he
had sent one hundred dollars to Baltimore for the priest's travel-
To the sixth report Prince Solms added a brief statement on
Nassau Farm. He pointed out that no inventory of the property
had been made, although he had requested it in July, the inspec-
tor's excuse being that it was not customary in America. Many
articles were missing and some live stock had strayed away.
Prince Solms discharged the inspector and placed F. W. von
Wrede, Sr., in charge by orders of the directorate. He also dis-
charged the overseer and appointed a man recommended by Fisher.
He opposed the further purchase of slaves and favored the sale
of Nassau Farm. He regarded the ownership of slaves by the
3"4-B A., XL, 55-75; Kalender fir 1916, pp. 40-58. This reference in-
cludes three reports, the sixth to the eighth, but the eighth is not found in
"'S-B A., XL, 64; Kalender filr 1916, p. 45; Neu Braunfelser Zeitung,
July 22, 1926.
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