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

[Indians of the territory of Utah],   pp. 195-206 PDF (5.2 MB)

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a copy of their quarterly reports and other documents of theirs, which 
the law requires me to examine and -forward in addition to the one 
forwarded, and that remaining in their offices. 
Owing to Mr. James Case (farmer for the Sandpitch Indians) hav- 
ing left for the States, I appointed Mr. Warren Snow in his place on 
the 2d of July last. 
I transmit by the mail of October 1st, proximo, this my report, the 
account current, abstract return property, and vouchers, from 1 to 15, 
inclusive, for the quarter ending September 29, 1855; also abstract 
of employes, and have drawn upon you in favor of the Hon. John 
M. Bernhisel, Utah delegate, for $2,949 50, that being the amount 
shown in the accompanying account current. 
Trusting that this report may be found sufficiently explicit, and 
not tedious through minute detail, and that the accompanying above 
named papers may prove to be correct in accordance with prescribed 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, 
Governor and ex-offlcio Superintendent 
Hon. GEORGE W. MANYPENNY,                 of Indian Affairs. 
Commissioner of Indian Afairs, 
Washington City, D. C. 
No. 100. 
Great Salt Lake City, September 30, 1855. 
SiR: The duties of this agency during the quarter ending Sep- 
tember 30, 1855, have been very arduous and expensive, but we have 
every reason to hope that they have not been performed in vain, and 
that much good will be the future result. Soon after my last report, 
the news of a hostile state of feeling among the Indians on the Hum- 
boldt river reached this place, and as much had been said about In- 
dian murders and robberies in that region of country, it was deemed 
advisable for some person to make them a visit, and agreeably to your 
instructions of the 10th July I arranged an outfit, and set out on the 
16th day of the same month for that valley. 
Being informed that the Indians had been induced to expect a large 
amount of presents from the government from promises made them by 
some of my predecessors in office, I though best to prepare to meet those
expectations, so I took with me as many presents as my wagons would 
conveniently carry. The first Indians we saw after leaving this place 
were a band of the Treaber Utes, at Bingham's Fort, numbering about 
60 or 70 men, under a chief by the name of Little Soldier, or Showets. 
We gave them some presents, at which they were much pleased, 
and soon left for their camps near by. On the evening of the next 
day we camped at Willow creek, and scarcely had time to unharness, 

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