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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)

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They agree to deliver up the balance of the prisoners as soon as it is possible
to procure them, which can be done better from Denver City than from tjhis
I have the honor, governor, to be your obedient servant, 
Maj. 1st Cav. Cal., Com'dg Fort Lyon, C. T. 
His Excellency JOHN EVANS, 
Governor of Colorado, Denver, C. T. 
SIR: I have the honor to report that I arrived in this city last evening.
having received any reply to my communications of the 3d, 6th, and 8th of
July, owing to the indirection of the mail routes, I feared that you had
not re- 
ceived them; and having received further information relative to the expedition
of the Utes, which I herewith enclose, I deemed it expedient to come in pepson.
I have nothing new to commuiicate relative to the Arapahoes and Sioux 
Indians in the vicinity of the Cache la Povtdre, except that they became
much alarmed at the approach of so many Utes, and most of them moved camp
down towards the Platte river. In all my talks with them they appear to 
evince a disposition to keep peace with the whites, and many of them express
a great deal of anxiety for the coming in of young Roman Nose and the medi-
cine man with their respective bands, that a treaty may be effected and they
may begin to reap the advantages of a permanent settlement. I am the more
convinced of their sincerity in these expressions from the fact that several
the settlers on the Cache la Poudre assure me that they have so declared
selves in their hearing. 
In regard to the selection of a reservation,'I am as yet unwilling to hazard
opinion. "Friday" insists very strongly on the north bank of the
Cache la 
Poudre, from the mouth of the Box Elder to the Platte, and extending northward
to Crow creek. This is liable to three great objections: first, it would
tate the driving off of some sixteen families of whites who have made valuable
improvements; secondly, it embraces some eighteen miles of the route of the
Overland Stage Company, and of the great bulk of travel to Montana, Utah,
and California; and thirdly, its great distance from timber, and this would
a great desideratum for so large a community. On the other hand, it is urged
by the Indians (and the fact that no settlement of white people has been
seems corroborative) that the headwaters of the mountain streams north of
Cache la Poudre, within the bounds of this Territory, are so rocky as to
totally unfit for agricultural purposes. On my return I will make the explora-
tion you instructed, and which I was only prevented from making while absent
this time from the fact that a larger share of the troops were absent from
Collins, and owing to the excitement both on the part of the plains Indians
the white settlers. I did not deem it advisable to ask an escort of Lieutenant
])rake, the commanding officer, whom I may add treated me with the utmost
kindness, and offered me all the assistance in his power as soon as I handed
your letter of introduction. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
United States Indian Agent. 
H~is Excellency JOHN EVANS, 
Governor and Superintendent Ind~iazt Affairs. 

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