The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 22
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breakfast, for they were hardly seated when the whiskey was
passed around, not in sufficient quantity, however, to have an
effect upon these whiskey-accustomed throats.
Von Wrede included in this letter a few references to Prince
Solms which gave at once a description and an estimate of the
prince. He said:
From that time on [August 23, 1844, when he arrived in San
Antonio] I had the honor to accompany His Highness on all of
his trips and do not know what to admire more, his iron will
power to fear no inconveniences, privations, and hardships, or the
good health of the prince. I know no Texan nor anyone who is
acclimatized and acquainted with the Texan mode of living who
could have borne all the hardships which the prince did without
getting sick. . . . It is real good luck that the choice of a
commissioner-general fell upon His Highness, for it would be
difficult to find another man who could have accomplished what
His Highness has done for the cause. The whole demeanor wins
him the love of the settlers; they obey him gladly, for their obedi-
ence is based on love and respect. I believe there is not a one
among us Germans who wouldn't pick a fight with the devil him-
self for the prince. Rain or shine, heat or cold, it's all the same
Prince Solms finally did not go to Washington on this trip, as
he had planned. On the morning of January 25, Henry Francis
Fisher arrived at the farm three miles from Washington where
the prince and his party had spent the night before and strongly
urged him not to proceed to Washington. A bill was at that time
before the Texas Senate providing for the maximum concessions
for the Society which Fisher could secure, and, although the re-
port does not say so, it must have been thought best not to try
for more concessions. The prince, therefore, went on to Hous-
ton and Galveston, where he wrote his eighth report on Febru-
ary 8, 1845. He had much to say about Fisher, as has been
pointed out above, and once more discussed annexation, saying
that the Texan Congress had adjourned without approving an-
nexation, although many members were favorable to it. This
would allow a year's time, barring a special session, during which
to combat annexation. If the time were used properly and many
immigrants were brought in, the fight would be won; otherwise
"SSolms-Braunfels Archiv, L, 35-41.
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