The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 28
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
We have heard here that the troops have commenced operations
in La Bahia but do not know whether it is true.
I desire we should treat with each other in full confidence which
is necessary to the success of our commission.
I will say no more at present than that you may act in full
confidence of your friend
G. W. Bounell, Commissioner of Indian Affairs of the Republic
of Texas, made a lengthy report on November 3, 1838, in which
he stated that Mexican emissaries had been among the Indians
stirring their hatred against the white men, and furnishing them
with arms and ammunition. He said that the Mexicans had even
promised the whole territory to the Indians if they could expel
the Americans. However, Bonnell doubted the success of the
Mexicans, for he believed that some of the Indian tribes possessed
as much hostility for that nation as for the Americans.8"
VI. COST AND RESULTS OF HOUSTON'S INDIAN POLICY
There was no well organized manner of dealing with Indian
affairs during Houston's first administration. Commissioners
were supposed to be appointed by the president with the advice
and consent of the Senate.s8 In the treaties made with the In-
dians provision was made for the appointment of "stationary
agents," who were named, in some cases by the commissioners and
in others were left for the president to select. Standing com-
mittees on Indian affairs were appointed at the beginning of each
session of Congress in both the House and the Senate. These
committees made reports, in which they suggested any policy they
considered wise and expedient. In general, Indian affairs were
conducted through the president or the secretary of war. Under
this poorly organized system, the results would naturally not be
During the larger part of Houston's administration the poverty
of the treasury held down expenditures. Appropriations could
83Manuscript, Vicente Cordova to Manuel Flores, July 19, 1838. Indian
Affairs, State Library.
84Senate Reports, 30 Congress, 1 Session, 512, Document 171.
"BGammel, Laws of Texas, I, 1076. Constitution of the Republic of
Texas, Article VI, Section 5.
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