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    [German Immigration to Texas] An unaccomplished printed Document headed "Agentur Schiff-Vertrag ". 4 pages, 8" x 13", [no place, no date] in German, being a shipping contract issued by the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas. Headed: "Agentur Schiff-Vergrag Berein zum Schutze deutcher Einwanderer in Texas..." The document provides spaces for manuscript completion of the contract terms noting the needs for the passengers and noting fees paid for various services aboard ship as well as "... hospital and clearance fee for Texas, which is 2 Dollars per person..."

    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 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 toning and soiling, one horizontal fold, a few tiny creases at top and bottom margins, else fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 1452, 1625, 1626, 1560

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