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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1856

[Indians in New York],   pp. 29-32 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 30

The State of New York, as well as the American Board of Missions, 
continues to make liberal appropriations for the advancement of 
The Thomas Asylum, on the Cattaraugus reservation, for orphan 
and destitute Indian children, is now completed, and open for the re- 
ception of such as are entitled to share its benefits. It is capable of 
accommodating and educating 50 orphan or destitute Indian youths, 
and is rapidly filling, and bids fair to demonstrate at an early day 
that such a noble and indispensable institution is much needed on 
several of the reservations; and it commends itself strongly to the 
interest and liberality of the Indian Department. 
With much respect, your obedient servant, 
United States Indian Agent. 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C. 
No. 2. 
Copy of report read by the committee on Indian concerns at the yearly 
meeting of Friends, held in the city of Baltimore, in October, 1856. 
The committee on Indian concerns produced the following report, 
which was read, and was satisfactory to the meeting. 
The committee was continued, and encouraged to preserve in their 
Christian efforts to be serviceable to this people, who are so eminently
objects of our commiseration and benevolence. 
To the yearly meeting now sitting: 
The committee on Indian concerns report: That in conjunction with 
our friends of New York yearly meeting, associated with us in this 
concern, we have continued our care and attention to the service for 
which we were appointed. We have not made a visit to the Senecas 
at Cattaraugus during the past year, but have maintained with them 
an active correspondence, and have been regularly informed of the 
general condition of the Indians, and of the occurrences at their 
reservation, and at no period since our connexion with them have 
their affairs been in a more satisfactory situation. 
In a communication from an educated Indian, who now stands 
appointed United States interpreter, he says: "These Indians are no
longer what they once were; they have abandoned the war path to 
that of following the plough, and they no longer subsist by fishing or 
hunting, but have turned the soil that remains to them, upon which 
the sturdy oak and the mighty hemlock once stood, into fruitful gar- 
dens and cultivated fields, upon which may be seen luxuriant crops of 
grain, waving and bowing their heads to the breeze ; and they have 
become as eager for the improvement and training of the rising gene- 

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