Indian Relations in Texas

John R. Baylor to Robert S. Neighbors, October 7, 1855

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John R. Baylor to Robert S. Neighbors, October 1855

Brazos Agency Oct 7th 1855

Maj Neighbors

Dr Sir. I left all well
at my agency and the Indians quiet and contented
twenty four of the Shanacos tribe came in and report
that he will be in before long two men returned from
Mexico bringing some nine or ten Horses which Katumpsa
took from them and turned over to me he also sent a
man to a band of Noconis and brought in five
more Horses four of the Delaware Horses and one
of them Jim Shaws Horses Men are at work and
pushing things. The party of Delawares that left
when you did or a day or after returning bringing
in seven scalps and ten Horses. they report that they
followed the trail of their Horses for several days and
that it gave out but they continued the direction
until they struck a fresh trail which was the two
that killed Skidmore they followed that trail across
Red River and stopped to noon when a party of ten
Comanche Warriors came up to them. they had a
Conversation and finally camped together each party
watching the other for Jacob says he could un-
derstand every word they said and that they agreed
among themselves to attack the Delawares and kill
them and take their Horses next morning at daybreak
but the Delawares lay awake all night and at daybreak
they opened fire upon them and killed four. Charged

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John R. Baylor to Robert S. Neighbors, October 7, 1855. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 3, #153, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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