Indian Relations in Texas

Randolph Marcy and Robert S. Neighbors to Peter Hansborough Bell, September 30, 1854

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Randolph Marcy and Robert S. Neighbors to Peter Hansborough Bell, September 1854

apparently united in their willingness to accede
to the wishes of their "Great Father" in es-
tablishing a permanent settlement near
their old wintering grounds upon the Clear
Fork of the Brazos. These indians have never
planted corn or cultivated the soil yet,
they say they will attempt it, if their Great
Father will send some white farmers to
teach them.

We have found a vacant tract of land
upon the Clear Fork which is satisfactory
to these indians and is situated about forty
miles from Fort Belknap. There is an
abundance of good water and wood upon
it and the soil in the valley is of the first
quality, corn has already been cultivated
upon lands contiguous to the location
sufficient to test its fertility.

These indians are also altogether opposed
to going farther north, and say they entertain
the same fear of being depredated upon by
the northern indians as the tribes before
mentioned, and in our opinion will
accept a location in no other place but upon
the Clear Fork of the Brazos.

As our instructions required that the
lands selected should if practicable be in
such proximity as to be within the control
of one agency, we have located a tract of

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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.

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