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

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claim sympathy with none of the other tribes who are settled east of 
Red river. 
So long as the present outside influences are permitted to exist, it 
must retard the progress of civilization among the Indians. Our 
experiments thus far fully establish the practicability of settling all 
the prairie Indians, and of introducing the arts of civilized life; and 
I fully rely on the expenditures for the past year, with the results 
obtained, to justify its claims to economy. 
It is much to be regretted that the wants of the Indians have not 
been supplied by the introduction of schools. I hope that my several 
comtnunications on this subject will meet with early attention. 
The legislature of the State of Texas, last winter, passed an act 
granting an additional reservation west of the Pecos river (which was 
called to your attention at the time) for the settlement of the Indians 
in the western portion of our State, I have nothing in addition to 
my former report to offer in relation to that subject, but await your 
For the support of Indians settled, pay of agents, interpreters, &c.,
the whole amount required is $91,707 50, including $5,000 for the 
maintenance of missions and schools at the Brazos and Comanche 
agencies, against $89,658 50 estimated for last year. 
The Indians now settled have been furnished during this year with 
all the farming utensils necessary, also with wagons and teams and 
300 head of cows and calves, and are making considerable progress in 
raising stock. 
The progress made by our Indians since my last annual report, and 
the satisfactory condition in which I find them at this date, is mainly 
attributable to the efficient services rendered by special agents Ross 
and Baylor; they have been constantly at their posts, and the effi- 
cient manner in which they have discharged their duties entitles 
them to the full confidence of the general government as well as our 
frontier citizens. 
Hoping that the success attending the efforts made to settle perma- 
nently the Indians of Texas will induce the general government to 
apply the same policy to all our border Indians, I am, very respect- 
fully, your obedient servant, 
Supervising Agent Texas Indians. 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 
Washington, D. C. 
No. 69. 
September 12, 1856. 
Sin" I herewith transmit you this my annual report. In entering 
upon the discharge of my duties as special Indian agent at this place 

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