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

[Oregon territory],   pp. 193-224 PDF (12.9 MB)

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No. 76. 
TAMALMILA, January 15, 1856. 
My DEAR SIR: We thought ourselves saved and relieved from em- 
barrassment by the victory of the whites and the flight of the savages, 
but have been greatly mistaken. The volunteers are without disci- 
pline, without order, and similar to madmen. Menaced with death 
every day, the inhabitants of the country, and the Indians who have 
so nobly followed the order of Mr. Palmer to remain faithful friends 
of the Americans, have already disposed of their provisions. 
To-day these same volunteers are not yet satisfied with rapine and 
injustice, and wish to take away the small remnant of animals and 
provisions left. Every day they run off the horses and cattle of the 
friendly Indians. I will soon be no longer able to restrain them, (i. e.
the friendly Indians.) They are indignant at conduct so unworthy of 
the whites, who have made so many promises to respect and protect 
them if they remain faithful friends. I am very sure, if the volunteers 
are not arrested in their brigand actions, our Indians will save them- 
selves by flying to the homes of their relations, the Nez Perc6s, who 
have promised them help, and then all those Indians of Oregon would 
join in the common defence until they be entirely exterminated. 
I call upon the justice of men, and particularly upon General Wool. 
Let him send us fifty regular troops, at leat, to protect us and the 
friendly Indians, and stop the grand combination of savages. Let 
him send us help immediately; I think our conduct merits it. I 
think that all we have done to assist our government during the late 
critical disturbances merits this favor. Let the assistance which we 
ask be sent up speedily, or we are lost. 
I pray you, my dear sir, for the love I have for my government 
and this new country, for the love of Heaven and justice, to present 
these things to General Wool, and by so doing you will render a great 
service to our country and to our citizens. Do not fail to submit these 
lines to General Wool. 
I am much pressed for time. Adieu. Pray for me. 
Your very obedient servant, 
Father MESPLIER, Dales. 
No. 77. 
Dayton, 0. T., February 11, 1856. 
SIR: My letter of the 26th ultimo informed you that I had received 
a letter from Agent R. B. Metcalfe, asking an escort of United States 
tro)ps to enable him to proceed with an immigrating Indian party 
from Umpqua valley to the coast reservation. I have the honor, here- 
with, to enclose a copy of my letter to MqJor Rains, United States 

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