The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 180
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
country. The Texas colony thus received only a few additional
emigrants that year.21
The energy and enthusiasm of Reiersen were shown in another
way. Before he left Norway in 1845 he had established a small
monthly magazine "to serve as a medium for his own and other re-
ports from America and for discussion of social and economic condi-
tions among Norwegian farmers and laborers."22 Quite appropri-
ately it was called "Norge og Amerika" (Norway and America).
The first issue appeared in July, 1845. Though Reiersen was in
America part of the time, he served as editor the first year. He
believed that it was absolutely necessary for a portion of the
surplus laborers in Norway to emigrate to America, which, in
his opinion, "was the home of liberty and the defender of human
rights." With the Classical Economist he believed wage rates for
the workers in Norway would increase if the supply of laborers
could be decreased through emigration to America. In his
"Sketches from Western America" and other "America letters,"
Reiersen contrasted conditions in Norway with those in America,
giving a favorable margin to the new land.23
In 1846 a large group of immigrants from Norway arrived in
New Orleans. Some of these ascended the Mississippi, but about
fifty of them, including some Danes, made their way to Texas.24
Unfortunately, the death of Gragaard, whose leadership in the
colony had been of importance in winning emigrant friends and
associates in Norway, caused the "emigration fever" for Texas to
cool perceptibly; and the year 1847 witnessed but few additions
to the colony. Among these were the cultured and conspicuous
Mr. and Mrs. Warenskjold (who were married in Texas). The
wife was a pioneer school teacher in Norway from 1834 to 1839;
and she was instrumental in publishing the second volume of
Reiersen's magazine )1846-1847). The letters of Mr. and Mrs.
Waerenskjold, in addition to Reiersen's, gave Texas a prominence
in Norway entirely out of proportion to the really small number
of immigrants to the Republic of Texas.25
Sickness broke out in their colony at Brownsboro and some of
21Anderson, op. cit., p. 378, and Blegen, op. cit., p. 183.
22Blegen, op. cit., p. 183.
23Blegen, op. cit., pp. 183-184.
24Among these were some Danes, says Anderson, op. cit., p. 378.
25Blegen, op. cit.
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