1866 July 31 Letter to Tabby and Sow-i-ett


1866 July 31 Letter to Tabby and Sow-i-ett


Brigham desires peace. Twenty sacks of flour were left for Tabby at the reservation. He is counseled to prevent his men from stealing and killing the whites.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


Tabby and Sow-i-ett


1866 July 31


Great Salt Lake City

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Indian Affairs


Gt. Salt Lake City,
July 31, 1866.

To Tabby and Sow-i-ett,

My good Friends:

Joe and Tabby's brother and another of your Friends have called upon this morning, and we have had a good talk. I am glad that you sent your friends in to see us. They feel and talk good, and if you and they will only act as they talk, we will be satisfied. You should call your young men together, and tell them what they ought to do. You should make the unruly ones among them behave themselves and stop their stealing. They should not murder and steal from white men. We have not followed the Indians to kill or steal from them. We have always been friendly and kind to you, and have never wanted to fight or quarrel with you. You know this is true.

We have always wanted peace, and we want it now. We have not been mad, and we are not made now. But our hearts have been very sorry to see our people plundered and killed by the red men who ought to be their friends. What have our men, women and children done to the Indians that the Indians should rob and kill them? When your people have come into our Settlements, have we not always fed them and been kind to them? If we had wanted to kill them, we could have done so many times. We are not afraid of them; but we do not believe in fighting and murder. It is wrong for any people to fight unless they do so in self-defence

We would like your people to come into our Settlements as they did formerly. If they come among us, they will not be molested. I told you at the Treaty that I wanted you to mingle among us, and your children to grow up with ours and to be friendly. My feeling is the same now. 

Tabby, I sent you Twenty (20) Sacks of Flour for yourself and Sow-i-ett and your men. You not being at the Reservation, they <were> left there.

Brigham Young