Native American Relations in Texas

Robert S. Neighbors to Elisha M. Pease, December 7, 1854

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Robert S. Neighbors to Elisha M. Pease, December 1854

San Antonio Texas
December 7th 1854

Dear Sir
I learn from a letter from Majr E
Steen Comdg. Fort Belknap. That there is a huge
Body of the Friendly Indians Now assembled near
his post. They give undoubted evidence of their
friendly disposition. They number about 1800 Souls,
and have assembled with the full intention
of settling on the Indian Reservations as soon
as the Govr is prepared to settle them.

I learn that It is more than probable that
the troops now assembling at Fort Chadbourne
under Captain Newton, will make no discrimination
between hostile and friendly Indians and Majr Steen
as will the citizens on that portion of
our frontier is fearful that, by an attack on
the friendly Indians by those troops we may
be-forced into a general Indian war.

Beliving that you approve of the policy
of sittling our friendly Indians on the
lands selected for them and being assured
that the policy will be carried out finally
by the Genl Government, altho now delayed;
I would respectfully request that you
would write to Genl. Smith on the subject
and request him to suspend all hostile
operations against our friendly Indians
until such time -- as the Genl. Government
may take definite action on the
subject.

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Robert S. Neighbors to Elisha M. Pease, December 7, 1854. Texas Indian Papers, Volume 3, #126, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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