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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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of any other portion of our extensive territories; and I can but trust 
that your honor, and all candid men, will at once subscribe to the cor- 
rectness of my briefly expressed though firm belief. 
The hitherto small amount of expenditures; the expectation (right- 
fully, perhaps,) raised in the minds of the Mary's River Indians by 
Major Hurt's predecessor; the general understanding of the various 
tribes, through some source, that a large appropriation had long ago 
been made for the purpose of making treaties with them, and the 
actual extensive occupancy of their lands, will easily account for what 
might otherwise be deemed the large disbursements for the quarter 
now ending, more especially those made by Agent Garland Hurt; still, 
after a careful examination of all the accounts and reports now for- 
warded, I am not able to state in what particular the total could be 
lessened in justice, and presume the department will come to the same 
conclusion, and duly honor the corresponding drafts. 
I have at different times divided the Territory, and allotted the 
agents and sub-agents, the last division being by the territorial road 
running north and south nearly through the centre, which was made 
on account of its definiteness and to accommodate the officers so far 
as consistent, all of whom hitherto have preferred to live in this city,
with the late exception of Agent G. W. Armstrong, whos eresidence 
is at Provo. Death, changes, &c., have caused the last named line 
to remain until now, but as the present agents bid fair for a greater 
permanency, another division may ere long be deemed necessary. 
On the 7th instant I had the gratification of meeting large bands 
of Shoshonees (Snakes) and Utahs in council in this city, where they 
made a "good peace," which I hope will prove lasting. 
They came into this city during the latter part of August, had a 
friendly meeting on the 2d instant, and of course had to be fed and 
required presents; this I caused to be complied with as economically 
as my judgment could dictate, as will be seen by a portion of my own 
and Agent Hurt's vouchers. That you may become cognizant of the 
minute particulars of this visit, I take the liberty of forwarding to 
you Nos. 27 and 28, volume 5, of the Deseret News. 
You will at once perceive that not only myself, but the subordinate 
officers of this superintendency, find it impossible, as proven by our 
united best endeavors and judgments, to carry out your admirable 
policy-which we all most heartily coincide with-except at consi- 
derable expense; hence may I not rely upon your powerful mediation 
with the next Congress for appropriations commensurate with the 
justice of the case and the magnanimity of our nation ? 
I take pleasure in forwarding the reports and accompanying papers 
of Agents Major Garland Hurt and Major G. W. Armstrong, for the 
quarter ending September 30, 1855, trusting that their suggestions 
will meet'with due consideration, their papers prove every way ac- 
ceptable, and their accounts be satisfactorily adjusted. 
So far as careful supervision gives me information, I am happy in 
being able to commend the diligence, economy, and success of the few 
employ-s under our control. 
To prevent future misunderstanding, permit me to enquire whether 
I have a right to request agents and sub-agents to lodge in my office 

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