The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 130
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and that all intercourse between them and our citizens be made
under the eye, and subject to the control of the government.
 In order to allay the apprehensions of the friendly tribes,
and prevent any collision between them and our citizens, I would
recommend that each Indian family be permitted to enjoy such
improvements as they occupy, together with a suitable portion of
land, without interruption or annoyance, so long as they choose
to remain upon it, and shall deport themselves in a friendly man-
ner, being subordinate to our laws in all criminal matters, and in
matters of contracts, to the authorized agents of the government.
 To this end, the appointment of suitable agents, to reside
among the located tribes, would be necessary; whose duty it should
be to keep up a vigilant espionage, cultivate friendly relations, and,
as far as practicable, prevent all causes of interruption and col-
lision between the Indians and our own people.
 Commissioners might be appointed to make treaties to
this effect with such tribes as are disposed to peace and friendship,
while those who reject the terms should be viewed as enemies, and
[5 If these "gratuitous and liberal concessions" should prove
inadequate, and the Indians should persist in their extravagant
demands, and resolve upon war,] then let them feel that there are
terrors also in the enmity of the white man, and that the blood
of our wives and children cannot be shed without a righteous re-
tribution. My solicitude on the subject of frontier protection has
partially overruled the repugnance I have always felt for stand-
ing armies. In the present disturbed condition of our foreign
and Indian relation the proper security of the country at large
and especially the peace and safety of our border settlements seem
imperatively to require the immediate organization of a regular,
permanent and efficient force.1
Throughout his entire administration, Lamar consistently ad-
hered to the policy that he outlined in this first message to Con-
gress. The Fourth Congress met at Austin, November 11, 1839.
In his message of November 12, to that body, Lamar represented
the beneficial results of his stern Indian policy. "The cries of
captivity and murder," he said
have, of late, been seldom heard upon our borders. With the
exception of a few recent massacres, resulting entirely from the
temerity of our own people, the frontier has, for some time, en-
joyed an almost equal security with the interior sections of the
country; and is at the present moment in a state of tranquility
1Journal of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas, 3
Congress, Regular Session, 173-176.
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