United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855
[Michigan Indians], pp. 27-39 PDF (5.1 MB)
OMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 39 ality, both of a temporal and spiritual character; and to Him be all the glory forever. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. BINGRAM, Superintendent Baptist Mission. RENRY C. GiLRT, Esq., Indian Agent. No. 7. GRAND TRAVERSE, October 3, 1855. DEAR SIR: I send you the following as my annual report. Imme- diately after the Indians returned from payment I commenced school and continued it till the Indians commenced sugaring, about three months. I commenced again in June and continued until a few days since. My scholars have numbered above thirty, in all; but I have lost my list and cannot particularize. The scholars have made en- couraging progress. Our meetings have been well and steadily attended, and are doing much to mould and transform the character and fit them to become good citizens and useful inhabitants ; and such, really, they are be- coming. The sudden coming in of white settlers produced some little confu- sion for a time, and some cases of intoxication occurred; but things are taking a better form. I have made great efforts to promote the cause of temperance the past year, and I hope with decidedly good results. I have not known a case of drunkenness for a long time. I am growing confident that the Indians will become steady, indus- trious, and good inhabitants; if this be not the result of the efforts for their amelioration, it will be prevented by the conduct of bad white men; but I feel assured that the continuance of the right influence will counteract all such tendencies. On the whole I am much encouraged in my work and believe it will be useful, in a good degree, to this people. We are now organizing school districts, which I shall endeavor to lead the Indians to improve, as far as I am acquainted with them; and, considering the manner in which they are settled and are settling, I see not why the common school system may not become as useful to them as to the American people; and this has been, and is, one of my principal objects to get them into a condition to progress by the same means by which the civilized inhabitants of our land progress, then the great work will, in a good degree, be accomplished. I am, dear sir, your obedient servant, GEORGE N. SMITH. IH. C. GILBERT, Esq.
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