even allow them to hunt north of the Brazos
River, and who would probably take from them
their animals and crops in the event
of their being established in the section of
country which they (the northern Indians)
claim as their own hunting grounds.
Whereas if they are settled below the Fort, they
say they will have the troops between them-
elves and the dreaded northern indians.
In view of these considerations, and
as we have found a vacant tract of land
suited to the wishes upon the Brazos below
Fort Belknap, we have selected four leagues
at this point for the use of the indians mentioned.
They have promised, and indeed are already
making preparations to go upon the tract
and erect their winter habitations, and
as their wishes have been fully consulted
in the matter (their chiefs being present
when the locations were made) it will be
for their interest to do every thing in their
power to check the depredating visits of
the northern indians upon the frontier in
this section of Texas, and they may thus
become useful auxiliaries to the U.S.
We have also conferred with Sanaco,
Katumpsa, and other chiefs of the southern
Comanches, and have found many of them
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.