streams was noted as disposed of to companies
and individuals and our observations have
disclosed to us the fact that these appropriated
tracts embrace a great portion of the most
desirable localities in the country.
In consequence of this we have
experienced very great difficulty in finding
a sufficient quantity of suitable land in
any one body to serve the purposes for which
it is required. We believe however that the
selections we have made, after a careful
examination of the country, are the best
that the vacant lands in this section of
the state afford, and will be more satisfactory
to a majority of the Indians concerned than
any that could have been found.
On leaving Fort Belknap we proceeded
to the Little Wichita River making an attentive
examination of the lands bordering the
different branches of that stream, which we
found in many places exceedingly rich
and productive, but the vallies are for
the most part subject to inundations, and
the timbered lands except at a few points
which have been disposed of to individuals,
are insufficient for farming purposes.
From the Little Wichita we travelled
north towards the waters of the Big Wichita
River, and ascended that stream with our
Randolph Marcy and Robert S. Neighbors to Peter Hansborough Bell, September 30, 1854. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 3, #125, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.