1853 August 24 Letter to James A. Little


1853 August 24 Letter to James A. Little


Counsel to cautiously offer work and fair pay to friendly Indians.


Indian Affairs


Brigham Young


James A. Little


1853 August 24


Great Salt Lake City


Indian Affairs

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Lieut Col Jas A. Little
Iron County.

Owing to circumtances it was deemed proper to be very cautious, guarded, and stringent in the 3d Article of my Proclamation, dated Augt. 19th 1853, and as there are many friendly Indians in the different settlements, and passing to and fro, you are hereby counselled 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 & 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 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
of Indian Affairs, Utah Territory

Great Salt Lake City
Utah Territory Augt. 24th 1853