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

Colorado superintendency,   pp. 216-258 PDF (17.3 MB)

Page 233

Sunday, September 4, 1864. 
DEAR SIR: 4wo Cheyenne Indians and one squaw have just arrived at this 
post. They report that nearly all of the Arapahoes, most of the Cheyennes,
two large bands of Ogallala and Brule Sioux are encamped near the Bunch of
Timbers, some eighty to one hundred miles northeast of this place; that they
have sent runners to the Comanches, Apaches, Kioways, and Sioux, requesting
them to make .peace with the whites. They brought a letter purporting to
signed by Black Kettle and other chiefs, a copy of which is here enclosed.
.They say that the letter was written by George Bent, a half-breed son of
W. Bent, late United States Indian agent for this agency. They also state
the Indians have seven prisoners; one says four women and three children;
other states three women and four children. 
Major Wynkoop has put these Indians in the guard-house, and requested that
they be well treated, in order that he may be able to rescue the white prisoners
from the Indians. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
United States Indian Agent, Upper Arkansas. 
lion. JOHN EVANS, 
Superintendent Indian Aflairs. 
CHEYENNE VILLAGE, August 29, 1864. 
SIR: We received a letter from Bent, wishing us to make peace. We held a
council in regard to it. All, come to the conclusion to make peace with you,
providing you make peace with the Kioways, Comanches, Arapahoes, Apaches,
and Sioux. 
We are going to send a messenger to the Kioways and to the other nations
about our going to make peace with you. 
We heard that you have some provisions in Denver. We have seven prison- 
ers of yours which we are willing to give up, providing you give up yours.
There are three war parties out yet, and two of Arapahoes. They have been
out some time, and expected in soon. When we held this council, there were
few Arapahoes and Sioux present. We want true news from you in return-that
is, a letter. 
BLACK KETTLE, and other Chiefs. 
Major COLLEY. 
FORT LYON, C. T., September 18, 1864. 
SIR: I have the honor to report that on the 3d instant three Cheyenne Indians
were met a few miles outside of this post by some of my men en route for
ver and were brought in. 

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