Title: Memorial to the President of the United ...
Publisher: [Baltimore, MD?]: Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), n.d. [1867 or after]
Publication Date: 1867
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fair
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
7 p. This appeal went to the President, the Secretaries of War and of the Interior, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the members of the U.S. House and Senate. It was adopted at a conference held in Baltimore of the Six Yearly Meetings, or General Assemblies, whose members resided in New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. It outlined the extensive efforts of the Society to protect and assist the Indians by educating them in ways that would "tend to their comfort and improvement, civilization and enlightenment," beginning with an assurance from President George Washington and the Secretary of the Interior in the winter of 1975-1976 that they endorsed their benevolent objectives. Particular items in the appeal are "to restore peace between the Indians and the government," citing the plea of the Indian Commissioner in 1867, N.G. Taylor, that the U.S. must retrace its "wrong steps" in regard to the Native Americans; to assure that the agents and employees of the government sent to reside among the Indians are of high character and that the Indians be protected from encroachment by white settlers, and that a judicial tribunal system be established; to see that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is reformed and made more prompt, efficient, and dedicated to the welfare of the Indians; and to provide the Indians with permanent tracts of fertile, well-watered tracts of land. A number of Indian leaders and government officials are named in the memorial. The document is undated, signed by Hallowell, Secretary of the Conference, Sandy Springs, Md. It has a postscript stating that any service provided to the Indians by the Quakers will be given without pecuniary return. Members from the delegates of the Yearly Meetings of Friends from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Genesee, Ohio, and Indiana also signed the memorial. Paper, slightly browned, becoming fragile, tear repaired with archival tape, also affixed with archival tape at edge of item that appears to have been unbound from another document. Bookseller Inventory # 033113BH
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