Letter from Lyman Wight and Others, 15 February 1844–A

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urged them to move off of the lands in the vicinity of Green Bay onto their own lands, The Indians say they will, provided the Government will remove all strange Indians and tresspassing white men off of their lands— Consequently the Agent and Superintendant of Indian affairs are taking such steps as will stop all further trespassing on the Indian lands, On the Wisconsin, and Chippewa Rivers, under the penalties of the laws relative to the case
We sent Brs. and , in company with the principal Chief of the Menomonee Indians over land to the Wisconsin River, to ascertain more about the matter. They saw the agent, found him to a gruff austere man determined to stop all tresspassing on Indian land. The Indians are willing to sell privileges to individuals for lumbering & cutting timber as they have hitherto done, but the Agent is opposed to it. Thus a difficulty arises between themselves— Now as regards the introduction of the Gospel of Christ among the Indians here it will require more exertion to all appearances to check the enthusiastic ardor of these our red breathren untill the full principles of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall be reasoned into their minds, than to urge them on to receive it— They have great confidence in us— The Country belonging to these Northern Indians is a dreary cold region, and to a great extent, Cranberry marshes, pine barrens and Swamps with a small amount of good land, scarce of game, and only valuable in mill privileges, and facilities for lumbering, purposes. As to minneral resources, they have not been fully developed— There is no doubt as to the abundance of Iron Ore, but uncertain as to quality— Now under all of these circumstances, a few of us here have arrived at this conclusion in our minds, (such as can under go all things,) that as the Gospel has not been fully opened in all the South and South Western States, as also , , Brazil &C. together with the West India Islands. [p. [2]]
urged them to move off of the lands in the vicinity of Green Bay onto their own lands, The Indians say they will, provided the Government will remove all strange Indians and tresspassing white men off of their lands— Consequently the Agent and Superintendant of Indian affairs are taking such steps as will stop all further trespassing on the Indian lands, On the Wisconsin, and Chippewa Rivers, under the penalties of the laws relative to the case
We sent Brs. and , in company with the principal Chief of the Menomonee Indians over land to the Wisconsin River, to ascertain more about the matter. They saw the agent, found him a gruff austere man determined to stop all tresspassing on Indian land. The Indians are willing to sell privileges to individuals for lumbering & cutting timber as they have hitherto done, but the Agent is opposed to it. Thus a difficulty arises between themselves— Now as regards the introduction of the Gospel of Christ among the Indians here it will require more exertion to all appearances to check the enthusiastic ardor of these our red breathren untill the full principles of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall be reasoned into their minds, than to urge them on to receive it— They have great confidence in us— The Country belonging to these Northern Indians is a dreary cold region, and to a great extent, Cranberry marshes, pine barrens and Swamps with a small amount of good land, scarce of game, and only valuable in mill privileges, and facilities for lumbering, purposes. As to minneral resources, they have not been fully developed— There is no doubt as to the abundance of Iron Ore, but uncertain as to quality— Now under all of these circumstances, a few of us here have arrived at this conclusion in our minds, (such as can under go all things,) that as the Gospel has not been fully opened in all the South and South Western States, as also , , Brazil &C. together with the West India Islands. [p. [2]]
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