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    [31st Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives]. Report No. 37. Intercourse With the Indian Tribes. [To accompany bill S. No. 293.]. [Washington]: Printed for the House of Representatives, [1851]. Presumed first printing. 8vo. 139pp. Recent maroon leather with titles stamped in gilt on the front board and spine, in a matching clamshell case. Fine condition.

    This report, made in part by "Mr. Crowell, from the Committee on Indian Affairs," considered "the memorials of...citizens of Georgia and Alabama, and also of Florida and Texas, praying indemnity for Indian depredations, and bill No. 293 of the Senate, together with remonstrance of the Creek and Cherokee delegations against its passage...". Senate Bill 293 provided for restitution from Indian tribes for damages to settler's property. This rare document is rather unique in that the committee determined that claims of the complainants "ought not to be allowed" based on the mistreatment that the Indian tribes cited had received at the hands of the states wherein they resided. Numerous examples of this mistreatment are cited in the report. One of the Commissioners, T. Hartley Crawford, sums up the report in a most prescient way: "We cannot forget that what is now ours, was once theirs...It is late in the Indian's day, and his sun, it is to be feared, will soon set."


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