Native American Relations in Texas

Henry W. Karnes to Albert Sidney Johnston,
January 10, 1840

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Henry W. Karnes to Albert Sidney Johnston, January, 1840

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Bexar, January 10th., 1840

To the Secretary of
the War Department

Esteemed Sir:

On yesterday
evening three Comanches entered this city,
bringing with them a Mexican Captive.
They were hailed on entering the suburbs
and cried out loudly for me. On being
introduced into my presence, the most
distinguished amongst them, who appeared
to be a Preist, stated that he was depu-
ted by his nation to solicit a Peace.
He further states, that 18 days since, his
tribe, in a general council, elected
a distinguished Cheif to treat with the
Texans, who will visit the settlements
on his return, should his report be
favorable to him. He says that
the Nation will accept of Peace on
any terms; being sensible of their in-
ability to contend with the Texans forces.

As an evidence of the amicable
disposition of his tribe towards the Rep-
ublic, he stated that they refused to
treat with the Cherokees, who solicited
them with large presents to enter with them
in a war against the Republic. They also
rejected the offers of the Centralists, who

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Henry W. Karnes to Albert Sidney Johnston, January 10, 1840. Texas Indian Papers Volume 1, #74, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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