1853 August 24 Letter to George W. Bradley


1853 August 24 Letter to George W. Bradley


Counsel to be cautious but friendly to the Indians. Suggesting that Bradley offer labor and fair pay when deemed wise.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


Captain George W. Bradley


1853 August 24


Great Salt Lake City


Indian Affairs

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Capt[n]. George W. Bradley

Owing to circumstances, it was deemed proper to be very cautious, guarded, and stringent in the 3rd Article of my Proclamation, dated Aug[t]. 19th 1853. And as there are many friendly Indians in the different Settlements, and passing to and fro, you are hereby counseled to furnish labor when practicable, to any Indian known to be friendly, and pay him fairly, therefor in such things as will do him good, and trust him with such Kindness, and afford him such aid and comfort as humanity and prudence may warrant; and in case you send out any Indian to hunt, or otherwise, and he lacks ammunition, it may at times be proper to furnish a small quantity at a time to such an Indian, when you have it reasonably to spare.
You have my full permission to comply with this counsel, but you will use the utmost caution, lest any hostile Indian should take advantage of your humanity.

This is to <be> kept strictly to yourselves as private instructions.

Brigham Young
Governor & Ex-officio Superintendent

Great Salt Lake City
of Indian Affairs, Utah Territory
U. T. Augt 24th 1853.