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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1857

Utah superintendency,   pp. 305-314 PDF (4.0 MB)

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A superintendency, to include the Colorado Indians and eastward to 
the Rio Grande ; three resident agents, one for the Apaches, one for 
the Pimos and Maricopas, and one for the Indians of the Colorado. 
With these views, and the hope they may answer the inquiries you 
have been pleased to suggest, 
I am, General, with great regard, your obedient servant, 
Lieutenant United States Army. 
Hon. J. W. DENVER, 
Commissioner of Indian Aff'airs, 
Washington, D. C. 
NoT.-The sketch referred to did not accompany this communication. -Indian
No. 128. 
May 2, 1855. 
SIR: Permit me to call your attention to some facts which I do not, 
feel myself altogether at liberty to remain silent upon. 
At the last semi-annual conference of the Latter Day Saints, a large- 
number of missionaries were nominated to go and preach to the In. 
dians, or Lamonites, as they are here called. Now, since my arrivalin 
this Territory, I have become satisfied that these saints have, either 
accidentally or purposely created a distinction in the minds of the 
Indian tribes of this Territory between the Mormons and the people 
of the United States that cannot act otherwise than prejudicial to the 
interests of the latter ; and what, sir, may we expect of these mission-
aries ? There is perhaps not a tribe on the continent that will not be 
visited by one or more of them. I suspect their first object will be to.
teach these wretched savages that they are the rightful owners of the- 
American soil, and that it has been wrongfully taken from them by 
the whites, and that the Great Spirit had sent the Mormons among 
them to help them recover their rights. 
The character of many of those who have been nominated is calcu- 
lated to confirm this view of the case. 
They embrace a class of rude and lawless young men, such as might 
be regarded as a curse to any civilized community. But I do not wish 
to excite prejudice and encourage feelings of hostility against these 
peoFle; on the contrary, I think such a course would be unwise and 
They always have, and ever will thrive by persecution. They know 
well the effect it has had upon them, and consequently crave to be per- 
It is due to many of them, however, to say that they are honest in 

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