The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 410
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contempt for the Society, to have us believe that the German noblemen
were paid by the British government, and that they became party to
a scheme for luring emigrant German families to Texas. These noble-
men then allegedly abandoned the families to their fate without furth-
er concern for their success in Texas, because they were intent only
upon raking in the premiums promised by England for every emigrant
sent to Texas. If the Author could convince others of this charge, he
would think that he had achieved the most fantastic of his aims. The
charge of such ignominious deeds cannot be substantiated, of course,
simply by vague references, but must be based on the most incontest-
able documentary evidence.
On page six, issue No. 128, of Der Auswanderer, the Author writes:
"Evidence exists that England was actively involved in the founding
of the Society, and what is more, even provided the motive for its
formation." On page six, No. 131, of Der Auswanderer, the Author was
invited to produce some proof; six months have now passed and he
still has not answered nor revealed his evidence. After the Author has
rambled on a while in his inimitable manner about the British plans
for Texas and German settlement here, he states further: "Various
letters from Prince Solms to the officials of the Society and to the office
of the Secretary of State in Texas demonstrate that my assertions are
based on truth."
It is an historical fact that there existed at the time in England an
organization, The Anty-Slavery Society [sic], which had set itself the
task of abolishing slavery throughout the world. It will be established
subsequently that this organization had made contact in 1843 with
certain individuals in Texas. Furthermore, it is not at all surprising
that Prince Solms was influenced by these people and that there are
letters in his private correspondence that contain references to this
group. The directors of the Society in Germany were also informed
about the group's activities. Consequently, Mr. Meusebach, Prince
Solm's successor, was explicitly instructed by the chief director Count
Castell to disavow immediately in the name of the Society any extant
letters of a political nature. The Society did not want anything at all
to do with political issues and the prince had not been authorized to
become involved on his own in local politics.
Issue No. 128, page 8: "The Prince himself laid the cornerstone and
in it was placed the following document which shows very well how
deeply involved England had become in the matter."
Indeed! I would challenge anyone to read through this cornerstone
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982, periodical, 1981/1982; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101208/m1/468/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.