The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977 Page: 416
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Galveston, August 25
Yesterday I visited Mr. Schleicher. He was doing as well as in spring.
During the noon meal he shot a snipe in front of his house. After the meal
we went to the Gulf, which is only a few thousand yards from his house,
and fetched some oysters. They were placed on large benches and had a
strong taste. On the way back I stopped at the home of Oestermeier from
Wiirttemberg. His father has already returned to Germany, and the young
people are also eager to return to make their home there. I was reminded
of a man here who must not be forgotten. He is Mr. Ferdinand Lindheimer,
the naturalist from Frankfort-on-the-Main, who has been in Texas since
1836. He lives in the immediate neighborhood of Mr. von Meusebach
in a small house. Year in and year out he goes through the meadows and
woods in order to collect plants.129
Mr. Beissner, the innkeeper, is doing well. I also met the younger Mr.
Kosse from Berlin here. He works in the previously mentioned iron foundry.
He intends to go to South America later. Today I also visited Mr. Niveling
[or Iviling], the cabinetmaker from Berlin, whom I mentioned earlier.'30
He lives in a small cheerful frame house and seems to lead a happy life.
On the steamship that arrived today from Indian Point I saw the young
merchant I met in San Antonio and whom I mentioned on July 31. To
pay for his expenses he worked for nine days with Anwandter on the
previously mentioned cellar. Anwandter, however, became ill, so he made
his way to Indian point as a mule driver. From there he is on his way back
to New Orleans. He is not traveling by cabin; on the contrary, he is work-
ing for his meals and passage. He is subjected to a horrible treatment.
When I entered my name on the ship's list, we were both happy over our
reunion, but, in spite of the fact that no work was to be done then, the
captain chased the young man off with the words: "The worker has no
business standing around where the travelers are." A second German who
was also a worker on the ship fared no better. Both of them were treated
worse than dogs.
August 2 entry. He lived in Castroville, where he was an innkeeper.
'"2The man was Dr. Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer, the well-known botanist from
Frankfort-on-the-Main, who had come to Texas by way of Belleville, Illinois, in the
)ear 1836 IIe made extensive botanical collections in Texas, all the way from Galveston
to Fredericksburg and the Llano River, for the famous Asa Gray Herbarium of Harvard
University. He helped establish the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung in 1852 and became its first
editor, a position he held continuously until 1872. Geiser, Naturalists, I59-180; Biesele,
German Settlements, 224; Webb and Carroll (eds.), Handbook of Texas, II, 59.
'30See the May 22 entry.
[Steinert's account will be continued in the July 1977 Quarterly.]
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