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

[Utah],   pp. 224-236 PDF (5.8 MB)


Page 225

TERRI"WRY QGU UTAH, 
3y the first of June mail for the east,and inder date May 27- I 
wrote. somewhat. at length concerning the reported Capote Indian. 
aNfix,' and acknowledging the receipt of communications, which letter 
I:rust has come safe to hand. 
So far as I am informed, the Indians within this superintendency 
have, during the past quarter, been entirely peaceful in their con- 
diUct towards the whites and with each other ; and I am happy in 
being able to state that several are turning their attention to agricul-
tural: pursuits, and appear desirous of forsaking their idle and preda- 
t    y habits, and of becoming familiar with the labor and duties 
Pertaining to civilized life. 
Farming is being successfully conducted on three of the Indiau 
reservations made by agent Garland Hurt, viz: on Corn creek, in 
ilard county, on Twelve-mile creek, in San Pete county, and near 
the mouth of Spanish Fork, in Utah county, besides the operations 
of the government farmers, and the voluntary assistance of various 
inividuals. It is to be hoped that these laudable efforts will be 
crowned with desired success, that the red men will be successfully 
induced to materially contribute to their own support, and thereby- 
not only relieve the whites, with whom they come .in contact, of a. 
constant, harassing, and great expense, but steadily advancb them 
selves in the habits, means, and appliances of civilized life. 
Fortunately, the Indian disturbances immediately outside our bor- 
ders have as yet failed to attract the notice or enlist the sympathies. 
and aid of any of the Indians in Utah; and you may be assured that 
I. shall' spare no pains to have them properly instructed to keep aloof 
from border feuds, and to cherish that pacific course which is so 
essential to their existence and advancement. 
Agent George W. Armstrong has lately visited the Indians in the 
counties south of here as far, I believe, as the southern boundaries 
of the Territory, but through lack of time, I presume, since his re- 
turn a short time since, has not as yet forwarded his report and 
accompanying papers for this quarter.   I am  therefore unable to 
furnish the department with official particulars pertaining to his-trip.
-.From incidental information, I learn that the natives in the neigh- 
t0brhood of Harmony, in Washington county, and near the Los 
0egos, and upon the Santa Clara, are many of them very industrious 
and anxious to learn to till the soil; and every facility consistent 
with their habits, necessities, and a rigid economy, are being ex- 
tended to them, so far as individual means and government appro- 
priations will warrant, and it is certainly just, politic, and highly' 
desirable that government should afford them means for encouraging 
these untutored and hitherto wild and idle people, in their desires 
and efforts for improvementf and not through parsimony or a grudg- 
Ing benevolence, scantily meted out, cause them to revert 1l their 
former loathsome habits, with. an increased stubborness- in vicious- 
ness, though having made an abortive step towards commendable 
advancement. 
The government policy, now briefly suggested, is equally applica- 
-ble to nearly all, if not to all, the tribes within my jurisdiction, or,
from what I can lharn, notwithstanding their ignorant and :degraded 
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