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    [German Immigrants in Texas] Partly-printed Document Signed. 1 page, 9" x 13.5", Antwerp, October 28, 1845 in German: "Vertrag zwichen dem zum Schuke deutcher Einwanderer in Texas und dem Auswanderer Nic[holas] Weishie nar Wiesbaden..." (Translated: "The cosignatory, Nic Weisheit hereby confirms that the Society named hereinabove, represented by their assignee...received the amount of 50 fl. rh., Fifty Gulden (florins) for his migration to Texas. By acknowledging the receipt of the amount named hereinabove, he is particularly obliged to abstain from seizure and the right of ownership of the land given to him by the Society until the debt in the amount named hereinabove is paid off by providing services to the Society, and upon discretion of the General Commissioner in Texas. For this purpose, the parties agree that the salary for one working day as a day laborer will be 1 fl. and as a craftsman 1 fl. and 24 thaler. In addition, the debtor is allowed to pay off his remaining debt in cash at any time..."). Bears the embossed paper seal of the Texas consulate at Antwerp.

    The Society for the Protection of German Emigrants to Texas was responsible for the emigration of several thousand Germans. Known as The Mainzer Verein or more briefly the Adelsverein, the society had its beginning at Biebrich on the Rhine in April, 1842, when a group of German noblemen met to consider ways and means of purchasing lands in Texas and sending there German emigrants. Two representatives were sent to Texas and as a result the Society in the fall of 1843 took under consideration a project submitted by Bourgeois d'Orvanne to acquire a participation in his colonization contract with Texas of June 3, 1842. The Society was organized formally at Mainz, on March 25, 1844, under the name of Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwander in Texas [Society for the Protection of German Emigrants in Texas], and on April 7, 1844, the formal agreement with Bourgeois was closed. Light creases, just a hint of toning at extreme margins, else very fine condition with dark crisp printing and engrossments. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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