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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855

[Southern superintendency],   pp. 119-177 PDF (23.0 MB)

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1-70                    REPORT OF IHtE 
rain in this section of country since last June one-year ago, now four. 
teen months. I cannot tell-how our corn has grown. It has certainly 
been made with only a few light showers, sufficient only to wet the 
ground some two or three inches deep. Our streams are dried up, 
stock Water gone, and our springs failing, so that the prospect lefore 
us, in this respect, is gloomy indeed; and, unless a change, we know 
not how we can begin next session of the school. But still we will 
trust in the Lord and[ hope in his mercy. - He only can send the early 
-and the latter rains, and bless the earth with fruitful showers. And 
though darkness and gloom may continue for a time, yet we doubt 
not the cheering and brightening rays of an interposing Divine Pro- 
vidence will overtop those clouds, dispel the darkness, and banish all 
our fears. Therefore, "though he slay us, will we trust in him still."
Thankful to you, sir, for your ever ready assistance and kind atten- 
tion to the interests of our school, I am yours, most respectfully, 
Superintendent Chickasaw M. L. Academy. 
Col. A. J. SMITH, 
United States Agent for the Chickasaws. 
No. 8Z. 
SEMINOLE AGENCY, August 15, 1855. 
SIR: I have the honor, herein, to submit my annual report. 
As I remarked in my last report, the crops of the year 1854 
suffered greatly from drought. Privations were naturally expected. 
But the winter was safely passed; and though food was scarce,, yet I 
do not know of a case of much more than ordinary suffering. The 
present season will hardly yield abundance of corn, having been 
injured by the dry weather of July. Still I hope an average crop will 
be harvested. 
The health of the Seminoles has been good, and but little sickness 
now prevails amongst them. There has been, and still is, a very 
great scarcity of water. The springs and creeks are all dry, or nearly 
so, and travelling through the country is extremely unpleasant., 
I have not made any division of goods among the Seminoles this 
year, for the reason that none have reached me. The Seminoles, 
however, are contented to await them, not affixing much value to 
them, as they would to the amount if paid in money. I am of opinion, 
(borne out also by the desires of the Indians themselves,) that it 
would be better for them could these goods be commuted into money. 
Certainly it would be much cheaper to the government of the United 
States should it be done, so long as so much loss and risk attend 
their transportation hither. 
I have made out  and forwarded appolications for bounty land for all 
the Seminoles who are entitled to draw it. The distribution of these 
warrants, though confined to a small number, will aid the people, 

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