The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 286
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provisions for feeding them until they could become independent.
This plan would take a large amount of money for two or three
years, but in the end would prove cheaper than permitting matters
to remain as they had been since the treaty with Mexico.133
Governor Bell in his message to the Legislature on November
9, 1853, recommended that that body give the Federal Govern-
ment the necessary authority for the temporary occupation of
a certain part of the state adapted to the settlement of the Indians,
a district which would not conflict with existing private claims,
nor any contemplated route for the Pacific Railroad, providing
that this district should revert to the state when the Indians were
permanently disposed of.134
Major Neighbors wrote to Governor Pease December 7, 1854,
that he hoped the Governor approved of the policy of settling the
friendly Indians, and urged the Governor to write to Generals
Rusk and Houston at Washington, asking them to adopt the
policy of settling the Indians. Neighbors said that a large body
of friendly Indians had assembled near Fort Belknap, and that
the troops at Fort Chadbourne would not discriminate between
friendly and hostile Indians; that he feared trouble and was
anxious to get the friendly tribes settled. 3 The National Gov-
ernment adopted this plan of settlement for the Indians, an
account of which follows in the last chapter of this paper.
88Ibid., July 5, 1851.
'"Senate Journal, 5 Texas Legislature, 1853, p. 20.
8Neighbors to Pease, December 7, 1854, Indian Affairs, 1845-1860,
Texas State Library.
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