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The Intellectual Climate of Houston
Allen, imported a new and powerful achromatic camera that he
set up in his Houston Daguerrean Gallery.44
The earliest settlers brought with them to Houston such
musical instruments as they were able to carry with them: fiddles,
guitars, flutes, and jew's harps." As early as 1838 the piano had
made its appearance in the city.4" Residents like William Fairfax
Gray, on the flute, and George Louis Hammeken, at the piano,
were known to amuse themselves and company by playing duets.'7
Itinerant performers passed through Houston occasionally. Among
these was Madame Thieleman who sang and also performed on
the pianoforte, violin, and guitar.48 The ablest musician to visit
Houston, a German from Vienna, one Emil Heerbrugger, re-
mained for some time, during which he gave a number of concerts
of instrumental music that included compositions by Rossini,
Louis H6rold, and Daniel Auber. Heerbrugger was described not
only as "unquestionably one of the best musicians in this country
or the United States as a practical performer," but also as "a scien-
tific composer" standing "deservedly high in the United States."'"
Children struggled with music lessons under Johannes Hennings,
who taught voice, pianoforte, violin, guitar, flute, and clarinet,50
and also under Frederick Lemsky who had sent the Texan Army
into skirmish on April 2o, 1836, with the strains of "Will You
Come to the Bower" and into the battle of San Jacinto on the fol-
lowing day with "Yankee Doodle.""' In 1839 a Sacred Music So-
44Ibid., June 12, 1845; Telegraph and Texas Register, June 18, 1845. For general
comments on photography in Houston newspapers, see ibid., April 17, 1839; July
26, 1843; Morning Star, September 2, 1841; July 22, 1843.
'4Probate Records of Harris County (MSS., County Clerk's Office, Houston), D,
4, 11, 479, 503; Telegraph and Texas Register, July 13, 1838.
46Ibid., November 1o, 1838.
47Diary of Milly Richards Gray (typescript in Rosenberg Library, Galveston),
September 22, 1839.
48Morning Star, March 18, 1840; Max Freund (trans.), Gustav Dresel's Houston
Journal: Adventures in North America and Texas, 1837-1841 (Austin, 1954),
49Telegraph and Texas Register, April 22, 1840; October 21, 1841; Morning Star,
April 22, 1840; April 27, 1840; April 28, 1840; April 30, 1840; May 1, 1840; May 8,
1840; May 9, 1840; May 14, 1840; October 22, 1840; October 24, 1840; Freund
(trans.), Gustav Dresel's Houston Journal, too, 147.
S0Morning Star, June 28, 1845.
5lTelegraph and Texas Register, January 27, 1838; Sam Houston Dixon and Louis
Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston, 1932), loo; Fannie A. D. Darden,
"Extracts from the Manuscript of Moseley Baker," in Ella Hutchins Steuart
[Stewart] (ed.), Gems from a Texas Quarry (New Orleans, 1885), 285-287.
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