Voyage to North America, 1844-45: Prince Carl of Solms’ by Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski, Theodore G. Gish

By Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski, Theodore G. Gish

The greatest unmarried immigration of Germans to the us, and the main strange, happened in Texas round the center of the 19th century. The association shaped to direct this German colonization of Texas turned popularly referred to as the Adelsverein (The Society of Noblemen). the main determine during this cost was once Carl, Prince of Solms-Braunfel, appointed Commissioner-General via the Adelsverein. Solms’s diary of this time was once chanced on in files when it comes to the Adelsverein and has been translated the following for the 1st time.

The diary starts with Solms’ departure from the relations citadel at the Rhine, Rheingrafenstein, in may possibly 1844, and ends on June 30, 1845, in manhattan. It comprises extra very important ancient and private facts, together with loads of biographical information no longer present in the opposite Solms records. the private nature of the diary allowed freedom within the descriptions of individuals and areas Solms encountered. He writes day-by-day files of private contacts with Texas officers and significant voters, a variety of Germans of all stations already in Texas, and coffee Indian bands. He describes the level and nature of his day-by-day travels and, whilst warranted, contains descriptions of the area or the town or cost, relatively the German settlements.

Included within the Appendix is the diary of the colonial director of the Adelsverein, Alexander Bourgeois. due to the fact Bourgeois observed Solms until eventually Solms pushed aside him in August 1844, his diary presents a distinct counterpoint to Solms’ diary. Bourgeois’s diary, even if, used to be now not compiled on a daily foundation yet it appears written throughout the time of his dismissal.

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Finally, at 9:45 I arrived in Pittsburgh; iron and glass works with blast furnaces on both sides, a beautiful view. 18 Saturday, June 8 th. I slept splendidly. At 9 o’clock visited a glass factory, no work was going on, only the smelting. Then across to Sligo; an iron factory; the foreman a German from the Lahr area in the uplands of Baden. He had forgotten the name of his birthplace, has been in America for 27 years. (There were two Germans on the boat yesterday; one was a former slave trader whose facial features were terrible.

M. We ran into Serurier at breakfast, he accompanied us to Baltimore. By steamboat on the Delaware to Wilmington, then by train. M. The dinner at the Exchange Hotel was poor. Afterward I strolled through the city; many German names, even a German beer hall. Washington’s monument (leaves something to be desired), a similar one for the heroes of the American Revolution. The archbishop’s cathedral, a massive granite building. A German Catholic church, rather attractive gothic style (the architect is Long, an American); German workers, one from Mainau by Aschaffenburg, showed me the way to the Redemptionists (German Catholic) missionaries.

The entrance to the church has columns similar to the entrance at Dhaun. I failed to mention that between the Santa Clara and Cibolo we spotted the smoke of an Indian camp to our right. As we pointed that way, B. came asking what the matter was. ” He was startled. Across the Cibolo we noticed another encampment on the left side of the trail. ” B. turned white. The Dr. called for his companion Schmidt and we rode toward the camp. They were Hays’ people. Rahm, a Swiss from the canton of Schafhausen.

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