The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 23
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Prince Solms's Trip. to Texas, 1844-1845 23
all would be irreparably lost. It was worth sacrificing and work-
ing for the great and glorious things which would come to Ger-
many from the failure of annexation, the prince believed.39
It was not until February 23 that Prince Solms left Galveston,
arriving at Victoria on the evening of the 27th. Before going on
to the new camp on McCoy's Creek, forty-two miles up the Guada-
lupe from Victoria, he had a conference with Henry Francis
Fisher and Nicolaus Zink, the Society's engineer, which led to
nothing. At a meeting of the colonial council on March 6th Fisher
offended Prince Solms by refusing to recognize the powers of the
commissioner-general and by saying that the commissioner-general
should occupy a position subordinate to the copnial council. The
council recommended the acceptance of Fisher's proposal to recog-
nize the commissioner-general's authority upon the granting of
ample security or the payment of a sum in full of all demands.
Prince Solms praised the work of Nicolaus Zink in having moved
the immigrants to the new camp on McCoy's Creek, and the valua-
ble service of Jean J. von Coll for having kept up the spirits of
the immigrants and preserved obedience in the military company
through his correct and tactful conduct.40
Prince Solms left the camp on McCoy's Creek after an inspec-
tion of the mounted company of twenty men and reached San
Antonio on March 10th. From the eleventh to the fourteenth he
carried on negotiations with Juan A. Veramendi and Rafael C.
Garza for a tract of land containing two leagues and lying west
of the Guadalupe along the Comal River and Comal Creek. The
southern boundary of this tract, known as the Comal Tract, was
the San Antonio-Nacogdoches road, or camino real. On the fif-
teenth Prince Solms, Rafael C. Garza, and his wife, Maria
Antonio Veramendi Garza, signed the deed, the consideration be-
ing one thousand one hundred and eleven dollars. What Prince
Solms thought of the tract of land which he had purchased is best
seen in his own description of it, in which he said:
Here [at the Guadalupe] the land which I purchased for the So-
ciety begins. On the right bank of the Comal Creek, which flows
through it, lies a fertile prairie which reaches south to a ridge of
hills. On its left bank there is richly-wooded bottom land stretch-
89Kalender fiur 1916, pp. 51, 57.
'S-B A., XL, 82-86, 104-108; Kalender fir 1916, pp. 58-60.
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