Letter From G. T. Wood to Citizens of Navarro County
Originally published in "Texas Indian Papers" by Winfrey Day.
Austin May 3, 1848
To Citizens of Navarro County.
I have the honor to acknowledge the
receipt of your communication of the date of 31st March last. Earlier attention
should have been bestowed upon it but for the absence of the Executive from the
Seat of Government on a short visit to his family.
I can scarcely bring myself to the
belief that Maj. Neighbors would have acted so indiscreetly as to have granted
permission for any purpose to Indians to come into the settlements.
Certainly the General Government could
have given him no such order, and if it had, it was in violation of every
obligation on its part towards our people. I shall take occasion to bring this
matter to the attention of the proper Department. In the mean time, while I
discountenance all harsh, unjust or intemperate measures against the Indians, I
will say to you unequivocally to permit no intrusion on their part into your
settlements for whatever purpose.
George T. Wood
[George T. Wood, Executive Record Book,
Number 31, Page 76]