[COLLECTION OF SEVENTEEN DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE GERMAN COLONIZATION OF TEXAS AND THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF GERMAN EMIGRANTS TO TEXAS (VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS)]
[Various places], 1858. Approximately pp. Mostly folio. Overall about very good to fine. An important collection of documents concerning the Adelsverein, or the Society for the Protection of German Emigrants to Texas. The Society was organized in 1842 by a group of German noblemen for the purpose of acquiring land in Texas and encouraging German emigration. Beginning in 1844 the Adelsverein brought thousands of German emigrants to Texas, founding the town of New Braunfels and other towns in West Texas between Austin and San Antonio. The documents at hand trace the history of the Adelsverein from its first active years through bankruptcy and its evolution into the Texas and German Emigration Company, headed by Henry Fisher. This choice collection of printed documents, issued by the Society during its most active period, mainly in the antebellum statehood era, represents a crucial chapter in Texas colonization history. Documents include emigration contracts, fiscal papers, publicity material to attract emigrants, correspondence and reports from Texas back to the directors in Germany, material regarding the Society's finances, and news about progress made in the Texas settlements. Included are the following: 1) ADDITIONAL-CONGRESS-BESCHLUSS...[caption title]. [Wiesbaden]. January 1845. Broadsheet, 19 x 22 cm. Very good. Congressional resolution from the Texas legislature in regard to the settlement and its agents. Not in Streeter TEXAS. 2) VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. Mainz. 1845. pp. on two separate leaves, 19 x 25 cm. Small tear. Very good. Describes the Society's land, provides details on what the emigrant should bring, and explains the dangers of emigration. Issued to help quell the rumors about the Society. STREETER TEXAS 1626. 3) EINWANDERUNGS-VERTRAG. Bremen. 1845. pp., 33 x 20.5 cm. Light soiling, old fold lines, else very good. Printed emigrant's contract, completed in manuscript and signed by Wm. Fehrmann, Republic of Texas Consul at Bremen. With seals. 4) VERTRAG ZWISCHEN DEM VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS.... Antwerp. 1845. Broadside, 34 x 22 cm., with integral blank leaf. Old vertical fold. About fine. Emigrant contract between the Adelsverein and an individual sailing from Antwerp in 1845. The document bears the seal of the consulate of the Republic of Texas and is signed by the Texian consul as well as the emigrant. 5) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, STATE OF TEXAS.... [New Braunfels, Tx.]. 1846. p. Printed bond, 27 x 20 cm. Old fold. Some toning. Very good. Completed in manuscript and signed by John Meusebach, the general commissioner of the Adelsverein's interests in Texas. 6) VEREIN ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. Mainz. 1846. pp. on folded folio sheet, 35 x 22 cm. About fine. An important promotional piece for the Society. Signed in type by the president of the Adelsverein, Prince Carl of Castell, it describes the colony and the number of emigrants who have gone to Texas, and adds numerous other details about the means of transportation, costs, etc. 7) CIRCULAR AN DIE MITGLIEDER DES VEREINS ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. Wiesbaden. 1849. Broadsheet, 34 x 21.5 cm. About fine. Issued by the Society, concerning banking arrangements made through the banker Flersheim of Frankfurt. 8) DIE THATIGKEIT DES COMITE'S SEIT DEM LEKTEN BERICHT VOM 15. MAY D. J. BETREFFEND. Frankfurt. 1849. 4pp. on 33.5 x 21.5 cm. sheet. About fine. Report of the Committee on progress made in the Texas settlements. 9) VORTRAG DIE BESCHAFFUNG DER FONDS BETR, WELCHE DER GENERALAGENT BENE ZUR THEILWEISEN DECKUNG DER VEREINSSCHULDEN IN TEXAS.... Wiesbaden. 1850. 29pp. 34 x 22 cm. Minor edge toning. Very good. Manuscript reproduced in contemporary offset, printing letters from F. Roemer, Kroeber, and others. This lengthy report seems to have been prepared for financing purposes, the literal title being: "Report on the condition of funds, which the General Agent Bene has submitted on Jan. 22, 1850, for partial provision of the Verein in Texas." There is an account of the situation there as well as information on stockholders in Germany and financing measures. 10) BEILAGE ZU No. 41 DES HERZOGLICH RASSANISCHEN ALLGEMEINEN INTELLIGENZBLATTS VOM 12. OCTOBER 1850. Wiesbaden. 1850. 4pp. on folded sheet, 27 x 22 cm. Light foxing. Very good. Fiscal paper for the Society for the Protection of German Emigrants to Texas, describing conditions of loans. 11) PRIORITATS-OBLIGATION DES VEREINS ZUM SCHUTZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS UBER 500 GULDEN IM 24 1/2 GULDEN FUSS. Wiesbaden. 1850. pp. on folded folio sheet, 31.5 x 20 cm. Light fold crease. Very good. Printed bond, signed in ink by the Committee members, but not executed. 12) UEBERSETZUNG. [Wiesbaden?] 1850. p. on folded folio sheet, 32 x 21 cm. Lithographic manuscript. Fine. This short report translates a letter from the governor of Texas, P.H. Bell, on the landholdings of the Verein. 13) COMITE DES VEREINS SUM SCHULZE DEUTSCHER EINWANDERER IN TEXAS. Stuttgart. 1850. 21pp. Folio. Manuscript document reproduced by contemporary offset, stitched. Light edge wear and toning. Very good. This document, lithographically reproduced in a style often used by the Society, is a letter from the German promotional agent, Traugott Bromme, giving a detailed account of the doings of the Society, with an extensive summary of conditions in the colony. 14) DENKSCHRIFT. Wiesbaden. 1851. Broadside, 35 x 21.5 cm. Mild toning. Very good. Memorandum concerning the Society and the status of things in Texas, signed in type by Prince Hermann of Wied. 15) [MANUSCRIPT LETTER REPRODUCED BY CONTEMPORARY OFFSET]. [Frankfurt]. 1854. pp. Some contemporary manuscript notes. Signed in facsimile by the Verein's agent in Frankfurt. Old folds. Minor edge wear. Very good. Lists the agents of the Verein in German authorized by the Committee. 16) IN FOLGE BESCHLUSSE VOM. 17. MAI D.J. FIND DIE ANGELEGENHEITEN.... Newwied. 1858. Broadside, 28 x 22 cm. Minor edge wear. Very good. Evidently a document settling the estate of one of the stockholders. 17) FAHRPREISE VON BALTIMORE, IN EINWANDERERZUGEN. Bremen. [1856?] Broadside, 36 x 13 cm. Lightly dampstained. Minor edge wear. About very good. Fare schedule for the Baltimore and Ohio Railway. (Inventory #: WRCAM50606)
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