Address of Albert Pike to the Texans.
We extract the following from the Sherman (Texas) Democrat:
I will thank you to permit me through the columns of your paper, to inform the people of Texas
that I have this day settled the terms of Conventions between the reserve Indians
, and the Chiefs of the No-co-ni, Tareiweh, Ya-pa-rih-ca, and Co-cho-tih-ca bands of the Camanche.
I am entirely satisfied that the Chiefs and their people are acting in good faith.
Those four bands agree to come in and settle upon the Reserves.
Peace is made with them, and the Chiefs are to go and carry the talk to the other bands, and induce others to come in also and meet me here before the leaves fall.
The most perfect confidence is now felt by these Indians in our good faith, and I have entire confidence in theirs.
Their confidence has been, in a great measure, produced by the fact that I have entire an escort of Creek and Seminole
mounted volunteers, and that the principal Chiefs of the Creeks
are here with me, and have given assurances that my promises will be kept.
I appeal to the people of the frontier of Texas
, in this endeavor, to restore peace on that frontier and to stop the effusion of blood in any unnecessary and profitless warfare.--We can have no peace with the Comanche if nothing occurs to shake their confidence in our good faith, and if mounted men and volunteers do not interfere to prevent the success of our negotiations by inconsiderate, hasty, or passionate actions.
I implore the citizens of Texas
not to cross Red River
into the country leased from the Choctaw
, in armed bodies.
It is not necessary, and therefore the people have no right to do so. In the exercise of the powers vested in me, I have stipulated that all the Texas
troops shall be withdrawn and their place be supplied by companies of Choctaw
troops; and have given advice of this to the Governor
, and to Col. Henry McCulloch
I shall give the Comanche Chiefs
white flags and letters of safeguard for themselves and all the Republic
, and he who does it will commit a high crime.
It is my most anxious desire to effect a permanent peace with the Comanche, and their settlement upon Reserves.
With the aid of the people of Texas
I can do it. Let them not listen to lying reports, set on foot, no one knows by whom, and attributing to the Comanche all the villainies of the Cai-o-was, who have refused to make peace, when that was insisted on by the Comanche, and demanded of them the peace-maker of the Reserve Comanche
, that they might kill him. It was the Cai-o-was who lately killed the son of Mr. Courtney
, near Fort Cobb
, though the lying Ton-ca-was said it was the Comanche; and I shall send word to these murderers that unless they make peace and atone for their murders, I will send a thousand Creeks and Seminole
and wipe them out.
The Confederate States
know the cost of an Indian war, and how very far the lives of our people outweigh in value those of the few Indians
that from time to time we succeed in killing at immense cost.
They wish peace on the frontier, that all our means, men, and energies may be devoted to the maintenance of our liberties and honor in the great struggle in which we are engaged.
In the name of this great cause, and of good faith and honor, I implore you not to permit any rash men to embroil us anew with the Comanche, with whom the Northern
officers in New Mexico
have lately been making treaties; but rather help us to keep them quiet, and so save perhaps many lives, and certainly a vast expenditure of money.
Respectfully, your fellow-citizen,
Albert Pike, Com. &c.
met Gen. Pike
, Confederate Commissioner
, and Major Rector
, Superintend, at Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation
, on the 25th of September, according to previous appointment.
assembled in large numbers, and the regiment commanded by Col. Drew
was on the ground.
At the appointed hour the Cherokee regiment formed, leaving a large square, in which the Commissioner
, and the Cherokee
officials were seated.
A Confederate flag was presented by the Cherokees to the Commissioner
, which was followed by a speech by Gen. Pike
to the Indians, and which was responded to by Mr. Ross
After which Mr. Ross
approached Colonel Stand Watie
, and offered his hand, assuring him of renewed friendship.
took his hand, and said to Mr. Ross
, if he had done this in 1846, the Cherokees would now be a united people, but, that there now exists a party in the nation known as the pin party, and as long as they hold their political organization, there could be no peace.
that he knew nothing of the party, and that he had nothing to do with it. After a little parley, matters were hushed up, and the Commissioner
and the authorities proceeded to the arranging of preliminaries for the treaty.
The above particulars were received from a person who was present, who sent it to us by a friend.
There will be two regiments of Cherokees, one commanded by Col. Stand Watie
, who has had a battalion in the field all the summer
, and the other by Col. John Drew
, who was appointed to the command by Mr. Ross
is the leader of the Southern-rights party.
The "Pin Indians
," as they are called, is composed mostly of full bloods.
They derived their name from wearing a pin in a certain position in the lappel of the coat or hunting shirt, which was the means of recognition.
This the other party discovered, and hence the name of "Pin Indians