Galveston, December 10, 1849.
My dear, good Hannchen,
Happily, we have the long voyage behind us. We are now in Galveston, but for three days a norther has had us in its grip. Since this wind alone makes up the winter, the temperature fluctuates in an indescribable manner. Friday we still had the loveliest, warm weather, I believe it was 18° (=64°F); yesterday and today we are having icy-cold November weather; Luckily these storms rarely blow. longer than three days, so it is quite possible that tomorrow we’ll have the warmest summer weather again. My head is full of so much – concerns for the trip `ahead, furnishings, purchases for the future, arrangements for the ball this evening. We are invited to a ball which Captain Hagedorn is giving. All the passengers are invited. We want to attend because of Lina, so you must be satisfied with a short letter this time. I am enclosing the letter to Pastor Thiel. Please be so good and send it on. Give my greetin s to Elise and Emma, my dear brother, Auguste, and tie Lauens. My greetings and good wishes to Heins Lauen. If they want to come over here, have them ask about everything that they want to know when they write us. They shouldn’t bring a lot of things; everything that is needed can be bought here, even though it is often more expensive, yet the shipping charges are saved. Many things arrive here spoiled. We opened one crate and found everything in good condition. The hams are very good. For the time being, our address is:
Mr. Von Rosenberg
care of Mr. Engelking
We are going by mail coach along the shore of Galveston Island to the western end: then, we’ll be ferried over to a small island, which we’ll cross, and then again be ferried to the mainland, but only when the norther subsides. Then from the town of Velasco we’ll go to San Felipe, where we’ll stay until we have rented a farm or, if we’re lucky, will have bought one- Mr. Engelking says that farms are always to be had. But manly farms have no land, no air, no water, and no wood. No land means no good land; no air, the air is unhealthy; no water, none that can be drunk; no wood, none for building and fuel. Many a farm has a wild cattle trail, i.e. wild cattle make their way through a part of the farm. Such a farm is worthless, because the tame cattle follow the wild ones and themselves become wild. Mr. Engelking will help in making the purchase. Without his advice we are doing nothing. Dr. Reimann has also written to us in Galveston and offered his help. Now, farewell, dear brother and .sisters all, I can’t write any more now, but God keep you as he has thus far kept us and may He further grant us His protection. On the back is our travel schedule with the plan for each day of the trip.
Adieu, dear brother, adieul adieul More soon. The children send greetings to all, especially to Adalbert.