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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1864

Utah superintendency,   pp. 168-180 PDF (5.2 MB)

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No. 68. 
Office Indian Af9airs, May 17, 1864. 
SIR: I have the honor to enclose herewith four treaties negotiated with the
mixed bands of Bannacks and Shoshonees, the eastern band of Shoshonees, the
northwestern bands of Shoshonees, and the Shoshonee Goship bands of Indians'
respectively, to each of which treaties the Senate has made an amendment.
You will please cause these several treaties, as amended, to be laid before
respective tribes, and endeavor to secure their assent thereto at as early
a day 
as practicable, and return the same to this office. 
As there is no fund from which to defray the expenses incidental to calling
the Indians together for the express purpose of procuring their assent to
amendments, you can, for this purpose, probably improve the occasion of their
assembling for their payments; otherwise the expense will have to be paid
of such funds as are at your disposal fol" the incidental expenses of
your super- 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
WILLIAM3 P. DOLE, Commissioner. 
Iis Excellency JAMES DUANE DOTY, 
Governor and ex officio Superintendent Indian4 Affairs, 
Great Salt Lake City, U. T. 
No. 69. 
GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, U. T., August 26, 1864. 
SIR: I arrived here last evening, having been detained on the road by the
sickness and death of one of my children. 
The office rented for $300 per annum cannot now be had for less than $1,200.
Prices have advanced in about the same proportion in all departments. Flour,
$25 per hundred pounds; coffee, $1 25 per pound; sugar, 85 cents, and beef,
15 and 20 cents per pound. Under this state of facts, I am compelled to rent
and fit up offices, and purchase some goods for Indians, to keep them in
a good 
humor until those now en route from the Missouri river arrive. 
I can only assure the department that I will be as economical as possible;
but, under the circumstances, the bills will be large and prices very high.
The Indians within this superintendency are peaceful, although they seem
uneasy, and I learn are unusually exacting in their demands, and look with
jealousy upon the efforts of miners to explore what they claim as their country.
The people are inclined to pursue a kind and conciliating policy towards
Indians. I am in hopes that the Indian difficulties now east of us will not
tend into this superintendency. I passed safely through the midst of the
culties on the plains. Trains were plundered, and murders committed before,
behind, and around us, but we were not disturbed. 
I made an informal call upon President Young to-day. He gave me a good 
deal of information as to the Indians, and his views as to the policy that
be pursued toward them in these exciting times. 
He did not believe there was any need of difficulty with our Indians here;
that it was better to feed them than to fight them. I thought myself justified
in saying that the views of the department in these matters were the same

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