New Braunfels. 1846. Printed indenture, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, executed in ink. Some old folds, light soiling, and "55" written in red pencil in top blank margin. Very good. Item #WRCAM17477
Printed indenture, executed in ink and signed in full by John O. Meusebach as Trustee of the German Emigration and Rail-Road Company, drawing on the banking firm of H. Flersheim in Frankfurt, for the sum of $3000 to be deposited to the account of the Company, dated Dec. 12. Meusebach, a highly educated and civilized man, came to Texas from Germany in 1845 to succeed Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels as commissioner-general of the Verein zum Shutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas, in the course of which he assumed Texas citizenship, oversaw the affairs of the colonists, and accomplished the 1847 treaty with the Comanche chiefs which made colonization possible. This document, coming from the period of his service to the Verein, no doubt represents a draft for funds to further the establishment of the colony, the cities of New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, and the attempted settlement of the financial horror show which Prince Corl left behind. A superb piece, signed by one of the major figures of early Texas colonization.