Henry W. Karnes to Albert Sidney Johnston,
January 10, 1840
have emissaries among them, striving to
stir up a general war against us.
These statements may be true; but their
known treachery and duplicity, induces
me to put but little faith in them.
On mature reflection, I concluded to treat
them well and dismiss them with presents,
their numbers being too inconsiderable
to think of retaining them as hostages. I
told him that the government would not
enter into any Treaty without the release
of the American Captives, and the restoration
of all stolen property; besides giving
guarantees that future depredators on
our property should be delivered up for
punishment. This, according to his representation,
his tribe agreed to do, in general Council
before he left them. So, understanding
matters, I requested him to return and
bring in the principal Chiefs with a
large a number of the Tribe, for the
purpose of entering into stipulations
preparatory to a treaty. This he promised
to do; and says that they will be in
San Antonio in twenty or thirty days from
the above date.
I would suggest, with due
deference to your superior judgement,
the propriety of selecting immediately, one
or two Commissioners to meet them here.
They should be accompanied by a force
Henry W. Karnes to Albert Sidney Johnston, January 10, 1840. Texas Indian Papers Volume 1, #74, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.