Thomas G. Western to J.C. Neill, Edwin Morehouse, and Thomas Smith, September 8, 1845
by making them presents.
The Chief "Santa Anna" has manifested a desire
to attend the Council and Sign the Treaty made
with his fellow Chiefs last year. The President
desires you will please cause the Treaty to be
read to him, and let him Sign it if he concurs therein.
The Indians in Council last year in
October, (especially the Comanches) refused their
assent to a permanent divisory line, as pro-
posed by the then President, General Houston,
and the Commissioners in Council. His excellency
will not therefore desire you to urge this point
at present, contrary to their wishes, They were
then satisfied that the line of Trading Houses
should be considered as the line, designating
the grounds of the Red Man, and the President has
no objections that it should remain as it is, if
the Indians desire it; but if on the contrary
as it is rumored, they have changed their minds,
you will please hear all they may have to say
on the Subject and report to his Excellency
what they desire in the matter in order
that the Government may, after due deliber-
ation, determine and make known their decis-
ion in the case, by the next Council after the present.
The President says, "the whole of this
country to the best of our Knowledge, was formerly
under the dominion of Mexico. We fought her
and whipped her, took her great chief prisoner,
and drove his troops out of the country, and have
ever since been in possession of it by right
of conquest, therefore, owners of all the land
in Texas; but no upon this account does he
wish to deprive the Red Man of his hunting grounds.
Thomas G. Western to J.C. Neill, Edwin Morehouse, and Thomas Smith, September 8, 1845. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 2, #313, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.