San Antonio Texas Aug 13 1856
My Dear Sir,
An educated German gentleman, Named C.N. Riotte, who has for Many years been a Resident or Our City, wishes the appointment of „Consul“ to Monteray in Mexico and has, as I Understand, Made application to the departement of State for such appointment. He is well and favorably Known to Mr. Pean and the office of Our State having been engaged in translating the laws, and is of Public benefit.
If you can aid him in this Matter you will confer a favor on your Many Friends here and lay the Unamp__ Under l__ty.
Obligating I am (…)
Fr. Hon. T.J. Rusk
M S Senator Washington D.C.
San Antonio, Texas, August 13th, 1856
To His Excellency the Secretary of State, Mr. Marcy.
The american Consulship at Monterey, Mexico, being vacated by the death of Dr. Halloway, I beg leave to petition your Excellency for that office.
Having emigrated to this country from Germany in the fall of 1894, I became a citizen about two years ago. Perhaps I may be permitted to mention, that my former occupations in Prussia as a judge for many, and as a president of a railroad directory for several years, as well as my Knowledge of the french and, to some extent, of the spanish language. besides the
english and german may warrant my ability to the office sought for. So far as regards my personal character and my standing in society I refer to the Hon. member of Congress from this part of the States, Messr. Senator T.J. Rusk and Representative P.M. Bell.
Should the office be confered upon me I shall be able to remove to Monterey immediatly.
With the highest your obedient servant
Source: NARA, M967
19.02.1857 Olmsted to Hal: Only one friend remaind (…) Riotte.
TO EDWARD EVERETT HALE
New York, February 19th. (1857)
My dear Hale
To-day I encountered by the luckiest chance the man of all others for you to see from West Texas: an American in whose judgement you may have more confidence than any other I know. He assisted Douai, edited the paper once in his absence, wrote for & proof-read his English department, stood by him in the most dangerous crisis—in this wise. The Vigilance Committee sent a six foot major to him with a subscription paper on which all the other merchants' names of the town stood for $50 each, for a fund nominally to pursue fugitive slaves & reward the captors. This man—Ulrich is his namepolitely declined. The major then told him that he was known to sympathize with the abolitionizers & it would not be safe for him to remain long in those parts. Ulrich immediately answered that it would not be safe for the major to remain long on his premises and if he ever showed his face within his store again he would be put out, that he would welcome an attempt on the part of the major's party to expel him from San Antonio & he would be very willing to leave if he could not force the major to.
I believe Dr. Douai finally quarrelled with him, as he would have done with you or I, if we had been there I suspect—Ulrich counselling a more discreet tone. Only one friend remained after Ulrich, Riotte. He is a merchant & perilled much in his friendship for the doctor. You would perhaps consider him cowardly or over-careful, but he told me today in a manner that I felt to be genuine that if there should ever be a contest for a free-state with a chance of success—if it should come to fighting—he should be ready to spend his fortune & if necessary his life, for freedom.
He was one of the men Dr. Stiliman spoke of in connection with the Unitarian church project. He seems to have had no definite plan about it, but says he would like a good powerful, attractive preacher but none of the "oldfogy Christianity." I imagine he thinks a man of Parker's views & habits would draw in the Germans & Americans disgusted with the ranting, canting, Hard-Shell, Baptist & cataleptic Methodist sort of thing.
I saw him but a few minutes but I got without asking for it one pleasant bit of information. Within a year he says a hostility to Slavery has become much more decidedly evident among the Mexicans about San Antonio & often gets forcible expression. He bad heard a poor white from the South, also, lately exclaim, "We don't want any more of these damn'd niggers moving into these parts," & he thinks that feeling is gaining among them. He describes some encouraging symptoms among the Americans of the better class. One man, a siaveholder, born a Missourian, to whom he had lent my "Seaboard Slave States," an returning it, confessed he thought Western Texas should be made a free-state & he wished it were possible. If there were any chance of success be would be one to favor a movement for it.
Ulrich promises to come to Boston—particularly in the course of a fortnight. If possible, I will come with him.
I showed him the notice of my book whicb I had just found, in the Advertiser, which much gratified him. He said he wished he could send some copies of it to land-owners at the West (Texas). Can you send me some copies—one or two?
I have had a letter from an illiterate man in Rhode Island who has determined to go to Texas.
The book sells very well & I get letters almost daily indicating much interest in the subject.
Fred. Law Olmsted
John Hopkins, „The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, II. Slavery and the South 1852-1857“, Maryland, 1981