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

a manner that according to the rules of the
office it can be abandoned and another
location made on any vacant land within
the limits prescribed by the Legislature.

In carrying out the views of the
Legislature it will be necessary either to
remove the western indians to the tract we
have selected, or give them a location
in the country which they now occupy,
and we beg leave with all defference
to state as our opinion from what we
have been able to learn of the Mescaleros
that they will not willingly remove
from their old planting grounds between
the "Presidio del Norte" and the "Horsehead
Crossing" of the Pecos where they have
planted corn for several years, and
we cannot resist the strength of our own
convictions that the course which
will secure the most speedy, peaceable
and permanent settlement of these
people is, that of giving them the lands
which they have already cultivated
and which from the best information
we can obtain are at the present vacant.

We would state further, that in the
event of a change being made in the

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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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