The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 60
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
okee Tribe of Indians, and his companions now in this Capital,
may return to their country, and that they be supplied with what-
ever may be necessary for that purpose. Therefore, Their Supreme
Highnesses have directed me to inform you, that although the
agreement made on the 8th November 1822 between Richard Fields
and Colonel Felix Trespalacios Governor of Texas, remains pro-
visionally in force, you are nevertheless, required to be very careful
and vigilant, in regard to their settlements, endeavoring to bring
them towards the interior, and at places least dangerous, not per-
initting for the present the entrance of any new families of the
Cherokee tribe, until the publication of the General Colonization
law, which will establish the rules and regulations to be observed,
although the benefits to arise from it, can not be extended to them,
in relation to all of which, Their Highnesses intend to consult the
Sovereign Congress. That while this is effecting, the families
already settled, should be well treated, and the other chiefs also,
treated with suitable consideration, provided that those already
within our territory respect our laws, and are submissive to our
Authorities; and finally, Their Highnesses order, that in future
neither these Indians, nor any others be permitted to come to the
City of Mexico, but only send their petitions in ample form, for
journeys similar to the present, are of no benefit, and only create
unnecessary expense to. the State. All of which I communicate
to you for your information and fulfillment.48
With this understanding Fields seemed fully satisfied and returned
It is apparent from these documents that Fields received no
more than a temporary concession, and that a permanent grant
was left in abeyance. Besides, he was conceded no more than
the right to sow his crops, and till his fields without interference
from the authorities. A year later we find Fields claiming con-
siderably more than this. In calling a council of all the Indian
tribes for the purpose of forming a treaty with them, he said:
The superior government has granted to me in this province
a territory sufficient for me and that part of the tribe of Indians
dependent on me to settle on, and also a commission to command
all the Indian tribes and nations that are in the four eastern
In the council he was to propose treaties with all Indians who
would agree to submit themselves to the orders of the government,
and if there were any who would not agree, he was to use force to
"Alaman to De la Garza, April 27, 1823, Record of Translations of Em-
presario Contracts, 85, 86; Winkler, as cited, 105, 106.
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