Indian Relations in Texas

Mirabeau B. Lamar to John Linney, May 1839

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Mirabeau B. Lamar to John Linney, May 1839

way like snakes in the grass
along our unsettled frontier where
the feet of our warriors seldom
tread. And when they do so come
it is only to beguile the red men,
and to Seduce them into a war
with us, which they have not the
spirit to encounter themselves.

Brothers! Listen not
to evil Council. Should the Cherokees
refuse to leave our territory
force must be employed. But
let the Shawnees be wise; and
take no part in the controversy.
Remain at your homes or pursue
the game in peace. And when
the great Council of Texas Shall
assemble, I will present your
case to them and I trust
an amicable arrangement
may be effected which will
be satisfactory to you
and us and make Smooth
and plain the paths of the

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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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