The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 142
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Dresel's stay and experiences in Texas. From August, 1838, to
November, 1840, Dresel was actually in Texas, and during most
of this time he was in Houston. He saw and heard much while
in Houston, and with his observations and experiences during
this time this review deals, in the main. From aboard the ship-
wrecked Ben Milam Dresel wrote to his father from near Velasco
on July 24, 1838, and on August 5 he was on board the Sarah
with Colonel Barnard E. Bee, then Secretary of War of the Re-
public of Texas, bound for Houston. The sight of the battlefield
of San Jacinto drew the following words from Dresel's pen: "The
good principle will always prevail in the end, and thus you,
Napoleon of the West, will bow your neck under the scepter
of freedom, or your St. Helena will soon be assigned to you by
Of the fifteen hundred to two thousand people, mostly men,
then living in Houston, Dresel wrote: "Crimes, the desire for
adventure, unfortunate circumstances of all sorts, love of freedom,
and the fair prospect of gain had formed this quaint gathering.
It was everyone's wish to be somebody in the general company,
and therefore everyone threw the veil of oblivion over past deeds.
Everyone stood on his own merit."
In Houston Dresel became bookkeeper and salesman for the
firm of George Fisher and Company. He became acquainted with
Juan N. Seguin and Lorenzo de Zavala, Jr., and also with Fer-
dinand J. Lindheimer, so well known from Lindheimeriana in
Texan botany and for his founding and twenty-year editorship of
the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung.
A trip by wagon train from Montgomery County to Houston
in November, 1839, gave Dresel the opportunity to reflect: "The
outside of many things does not always reveal the inside condition.
Whoever, therefore, is always accustomed to judge everything and
everybody by the outside will often be deceived. That is how it
is with the description of countries and how it is with America."
He thought that immigrants to America and to Texas should be
warned about conditions and wrote:
... I call it a crime to lure people from their home country to
America by beautiful descriptions that omit the shady sides. But an
equally great wrong is committed by those who warn in a one-sided
fashion without acknowledging the advantages of the country and
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