Indian Relations in Texas

Richard Coke to Samuel Bell Maxey, September 7, 1874

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Richard Coke to Samuel Bell Maxey, September 1874

horse made evidence of theft of him by the
possessor to be followed by surrender. Pun-
ishment will go a long way towards
breaking him in to a recognition of the
fact that the whites mean that he must sub-
mit, and are able to compel him to do it.
Any system which does not involve and edu
cation of the Indian to habits of labor so as
to become self supporting after a while, which
does not war against their tribal relations
and governments, with a view of their ultimate
extinction and which fails to sternly repress
with an iron hand their savage propensities
against the whites is in my judgment vicious.
No other than the Military power of the Govmt
can impress itself upon the Indian charac-
tor  to promise these results.

Just as long as Indians are granted hunting
____ [?] they will kill the people and plunder
the frontier. They should be kept in the reserves, and
not allowed to leave under any pretext, on penalty
of outlawry . There should be  no sanctuary or place
of refuge (such as the reserves now are) for Indians
will murder and rob our people where our troops
can not follow and crush them. It is only in that
way that we can ever know friendly from unfriendly

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Richard Coke to Samuel Bell Maxey, September 7, 1874. Records of Richard Coke, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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