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    [German Immigrants in Texas] German Emigration and Rail Road Company Partially Printed Document Signed. One page. 8.5" x 10.5". New Braunfels, December 14, 1846. Addressed to "L. H. Florsheim, Frankfurt am Main, Germany" on verso. Paper slightly wrinkled with a small triangular piece missing from the right margin, otherwise bright and in fine condition. It reads in part: "United States of America, State of Texas, County of Comal, New Braunfels 14th Dec. 1846. I have drawn upon you under date of the 14th of Dec. 1846 order of Moses Campbell at sixty days after date in my first, second and third of Exchange, for the sum of Six hundred and sixty four Dollars which I beg you to protect, and charge the same to account of the German Emigration and Rail Road Company...".

    The German Emigration Company, formed as a commercial venture to promote German emigration to Texas, began work in the early 1840s. The original company went bankrupt and formed again under the name German Emigration and Rail Road Company which also ended in financial ruin. However, during both company's brief existence they transported more than 7,000 Germans, mostly peasants, to Texas. Most stayed in cities such as Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio, and others settled in the rugged Texas Hill Country to form the western end of the so called "German Belt". This document "secured" $664.00 on behalf of one L. H. Florsheim of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. One hopes Herr Florsheim received the land and other consideration he was promised!


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