Indian Relations in Texas

Letter to Hardin R. Runnels, May 24, 1859

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Letter on the Baylor affair, May 1859

Brazos Agency Texas


May 24 1859

To His Excelency


The Governor of the State of Texas

Sir


I herewith--report to you that Mr.


Jno R. Baylor appeared on this reserve yester-


day the 23 Inst with some three hundred


men drew them up in line of battle within


one half mile of the agency buildings the


Commanding officer of the U.S. Troops demand-


ed of him his business on this reserve with


an armed force to which he replied that


he was here for the purpose of attacking


certain bands of Indians now on this reserve


thereupon the Comd office warned him to


leave this reservation he replied that he would use


his own pleasure as to the time of his quitting


the reserve. and did not leave however until he had


killed a woman and one of the oldest men


on the reserve. The Indian Warriers became


exasperated at this foul murder, some fifty


of them mounted their horses and pursued


Baylor overtaking him about 2 miles


from the scene of murder and had a running


fight untill they reached the house of


Mr Wm Marlin near the limits of the

[letter is incomplete]

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Letter to Hardin R. Runnels, May 24, 1859. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 3, #219, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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