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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1863

Michigan agency,   pp. 374-380 PDF (3.1 MB)

Page 374

374                      MICHIGAN AGENCY. 
quiet and peaceable, and express a desire to have the few Indians there remain
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
Superintendent of Indian Afairs, Saint Paul. 
No. 229. 
We, the undersigned, citizens of Juneau county, would respectfully repre-
sent, that there are from one to two thousand Indians in this county and
who are murdering and constantly committing serious depredations upon our
people, and in whose power it is, unarmed, unorganized, and unprotected as
are, to utterly destroy us at any hour. 
Many families have already left their homes, and others are I~aving them.
We are kept in perpetual excitement, fear and dread, and a stop is being
to all regular business. We cannot endure this state of things much longer.
We have spent sleepless nights an anxious days enough already. 
We therefore most earnestly petition the government, through you, to remove
these barbarians from among us-; pledging you all assistance in our power,
assuring you that unless government does remove them, we shall be compelled,
in self-defence, to exterminate them: 
Signed by G. W. Bailie, Robert Henry, and one hundred and twenty-four 
General T. C. H. SMITH. 
No. 230. 
Detroit, Mickigan, October 17, 1863. 
SIR: It becomes my duty once more to submit to you my annual report of 
-the condition of the Indians under my supervision. 
This report would have been made some time since, had not a recent tour 
among the Indians been unexpectedly prolonged. On the first day of Septem-
ber I left Detroit for the purpose of distributing annuities to the Ottawas
Chippewas at Mackinac, Little Traverse, Grand Traverse, and Garden island,
and to two bands of the Chippewas of Lake Superior, who reside near the 
boundary line of Michigan and Wisconsin, and whom I had promised to meet
this year at or near their homes. Adverse winds, and other unavoidable diffi-
culties attending the travelling from place to place in that new region,
have pro- 
longed my journey considerably beyond the time set apart for it, and prevented
my forwarding this report until the present moment. I have now completed
the distribution of annuities to the Chippewas of Lake Superior, and to the
Ottawas and Chippewas, with the exception of those residing in Oceana and
Mason counties, and a few in Isabella county. In the performance of this
I have been engaged since the 3Cth day of July, and have travelled not less
than thirty-three hundred miles. 
There remain yet to be paid, the Ottawas and Chippewas above mentioned, 
the Chippewas of Saginaw, the Chippewas, Ottawas ai d Pottawatomies, and
the :Pottawatomies of Huron. 

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