The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 67
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Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
that the boundaries of the claims of the said Indians are as fol-
lows, to wit, being north of the San Antonio road and the Neches,
and west of the Angelina and Sabine rivers. We solemnly declare
that the Governor and General Council immediately on its organi-
zation shall appoint commissioners to treat with the said Indians
to establish definite boundaries of their territory and secure their
confidence and friendship. We solemnly declare that we will guar-
antee to them the peaceable enjoyment of their rights and their
lands as we do our own. We solemnly declare that all grants, sur-
veys and locations within the bounds hereinbefore maintained, made
after the settlement of the said Indians, are and of right ought to
be utterly null and void, and the commissioners issuing the same
be and are hereby ordered immediately to recall and cancel the
same, as having been made upon lands already appropriated by the
Mexican government. We solemnly declare that it is our sincere
desire that the Cherokee Indians and their associate bands should
remain our friends in peace and war, and if they do so we pledge
the public faith to the support of the foregoing declaration. We
solemnly declare that they are entitled to our commiseration and
protection, as the first owners of the soil, as an unfortunate race
of people, that we wish to hold as friends and treat with justice.63
On December 22, 1835, the Council, as we have seen, acting upon
the recommendation of Governor Henry Smith, appointed Sam
Houston, John Forbes, and John Cameron commissioners to treat
with the Indians under the instructions to be drawn up by the
governor, which was done on the 30th. The commissioners were
to proceed to Nacogdoches as soon as possible and enter upon the
discharge of their duties, in which they were in nowise to transcend
the instructions of the Declaration of the Consultation. "You will
in all things pursue a course of justice and equity towards the In-
dians," Governor Smith said,
and protect all honest claims of the Whites, agreeably to such Laws
compacts or treaties, as the said Indians may have heretofore made
with the Mexican Republic.
You will provide in said treaty with the Indians, that they shall
never alienate their Lands, either separately or collectively, except
to the Government of Texas, and to agree that the said Govern-
nment, will at any time hereafter purchase all their claims at a fair
and reasonable valuation. You will endeavor, if possible, to secure
their effective co-operation at all times when it may be necessary to
call the effective forces of Texas into the field and agreeing for their
services in a body for a specific time. If found expedient and con-
sistent, you are authorized and empowered to exchange other Lands
6Journal of the Consultation, 51-52.
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