Indian Relations in Texas

Mirabeau B. Lamar to David G. Burnet and others,
June 27, 1839

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Mirabeau B. Lamar to David G. Burnet and others, June 1839

Executive Department
Houston 27th June 1839

To
David G. Burnet
A Sidney Johns[t]on, Thomas J. Rusk,
I W Burton and James S Mayfield Esqrs.

Gentlemen

Recent events of which you are already apprised, Convince me of
the necessity of the immediate removal of the Cherokee Indians,
and the ultimate removal of all other emigrant Tribes now residing
in Texas, beyond her Territorial limits: I have therefore appointed
you Commissioners on the part of the Republic, to make the necessary arrangements for carrying this measure into effect.

Your assembling at Nacogdoches, or such other point
as you may find more Convenient for your operations which you are
requested to do as early as practicable you will inform yourselves of
the best mode of procuring the removal of the Cherokees beyond the Red
River, and take such steps as will accomplish that object with as
little delay as circumstances will admit. It is desirable that this should
be done in a peaceful and friendly manner, and to render the proposition
acceptable to the Indians, you are authorized to make them a fair
and liberal Compensation for their improvements, Crops and such other
property as they will be unable to take with them out of the Country,
the amount of which to be ascertained by appraisers which I have appoin-
ted for that purpose; but in Consenting to make them this Compensation,
you will not agree to pay them more than one fourth part of it in cash,

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Mirabeau B. Lamar to David G. Burnet and others, June 27, 1839. Texas Indian Papers Volume 1, #36, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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