Letter From P. H. Bell to
Citizens of Ellis,
McClellan and Navarro Counties
Originally published in "Texas
Indian Papers" by Winfrey Day.
State of Texas.
Austin, July 28th, 1852
To the Citizens of Ellis,
McClellan and Navarro Counties,
of the State of Texas.
In reply to your petitions to this
Department praying for military protection from the attacks of marauding
Indians, (which came to had last night by Mr. Dyer,) I deeply regret that it is
not in my power to make an immediate call, as therein requested. I will,
however, communicate forthwith with Commanding General of this Military
Department, and enclose a copy of your petition, urging him to make the call on
me for a ranging company for the protection of that section of the frontier,
which, when made, will be promptly responded to.
This course is necessary to ensure the
company pay, and such subsistence and other military supplies as will be
indispensably requisite to enable them to render efficient service.
Should the Commanding General not deem
it proper to make the call upon me for troops, I will then feel myself warranted
in taking such further steps as will meet the emergency and ensure your
protection. In the meantime I request to be advised of the actual state of
affairs in that section, in order that I may be properly guided in my action on
I am, Gentlemen,
Your Obt: Servant
[P. H. Bell]
[P. H. Bell, Executive Record Book,
Number 32, Page 57.]