Indian Relations in Texas

Mirabeau B. Lamar to John Linney, May 1839

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Mirabeau B. Lamar to John Linney, May 1839

To Linney
and
all other Chiefs and Headmen of the Shawnee.

Brothers: I have long suspected
that the Cherokees were our Secret
enemies. that while we were treating
them with Kindness, they were holding
dark councils with the Mexicans. These Suspicions
are now reduced to absolute
proof. The treachery and the
hostile machinations of the
Cherokees have been fully
discovered. They have listened
to the forked tongue of the
Mexicans, who are always
Women in war, and wiley
Serpents in peace. The
Cherokees can no longer
remain among us. They must
return to the land appropri-
ated by their great father the
President of the United States for the future

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Mirabeau B. Lamar to John Linney, May 1839. Texas Indian Papers Volume 1, #35, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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