Thomas G. Western to J.C. Neill, Edwin Morehouse, and Thomas Smith, September 8, 1845
Washington Septr 8 1845
I am instructed by his Excellency
the President to issue the following instructions for
your government at the council with the various
Tribes of Indians about to be held, and to
which you are appointed Commissioners.
The above mentioned Council will be celebrated
at Post No 2, Tehuacana Creek, near the Brazos,
the place also known as Torreys Trading House.
The day fixed for meeting the Indians is the 15th
of Septr, inst, at that place.
The Superintendent of Indian Affairs, will
place at your disposal when necessary, an invoice
of Goods, amounting to $2000, and upwards, for the
purpose of making suitable presents to such of
the Indians, as you may deem worthy, and
expediency may require.
A most atrocious and unprovoked murder was
committed near the city of Austin in May last
by Indians, on the persons of two citizens of Texas
Messrs Hornsby and Atkinson, and it is presumed
that some Comanches were accessory to the outrage.
It will be your duty to investigate this matter
and having ascertained who the perpetrators were
demand their delivery into the hands of Justice,
that they may be dealt with accordingly.
As the chiefs of all the bands of Comanches except
Santa Anna have already entered into a Treaty of
Peace with Texas, the main object of the present
Council is to remove any difficulties which may
have arisen since that time, to Keep the Indians quiet
by a mutual renewal of friendly arrangements, and
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.