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

New York agency,   pp. 380-383 PDF (1.7 MB)


Page 380

380 
NEW YORK AGENCY. 
that have enlisted in the service from this agency, but I suppose it to be
about 
one hundred and fifty. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
D. C. LEACH, 
United States -Indian Agent. 
Hon. WILLIAM P. DOLE, 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. 
NEW YORK AGENCY. 
No. 231. 
OFFICE OF NEw YORK INDIAN AGENCY, 
Ellicottville, Septenzher 21, 1863. 
DEAR SIR: I have the honor to transmit to you a statistical statement con-
cerning the farming of the New York Indians, and also to report as to the
general 
condition of such Indians, as follows: 
In all Ahe characteristics of more refined -civilized life, the condition
of the 
Indians 4 this agency has never been more pleasing, satisfactory and prom-
ising. Encouraged, seemingly, by. the marked changes that have been wrought
in their circumstances for the past few years, they are gradually overcoming
their natural and habitual repugnance to labor, their habits of indolence
are 
giving place to those of industry, their farming lands begin to show more
evi- 
dence of skill and careful husbandry, and are now usually kept in good condition,
and their stock in excellent order. Surrounded on all-sides by a dense pop'ula-
tion of white men, refined, industrious, and intelligent, they are graduall
imbi- 
bing the tastes and habits of their white neighbors, and seem abundantly
capable 
of demonstrating to the world that they are quite as susceptible of civilization
as any other nation on the globe. 
Their dwelling-houses and barns are built with far more care for comfort
and 
convenience, their lands are better tilled and cultivated, and far greater
pains 
are being taken to afford their children every facility i'or education and
religious 
training. 
The white population of the Senecas of this agency is 2,988. 
Of this number there reside on the Cattaraugus reservation.--------1,434
On  the Allegany  reservation.. ..................................  913 
On the Tonawanda reservation....641 
Total ....................................          2, 988 
rThe scho ls on the Tonawahnda reservation remain about the same as at my
last annual report, and as to the condition of those on the Cattaraugus aid
Alle- 
gany reservation I would refer you to the accompanying report of E. M. Pettit,
esquire, superintendent of the Indian schools, which is herewith transmitted.
I 
would also refer you to the statement of Reverend Arthur Wright, which is
herewith sent, in relation to the Thomas Orphan Asylum. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 
Your obedient servant, 
D. E. SILD, 
United States Indian Agent. 
Hon. WILLIAM P. DOLE, 
Commissioner of Indian Axfairs. 
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