Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846; Volume 2, 1 March–6 May 1845

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might someday or other defend themselves. In the North-western Territory they have a fort, and the Indians in that country go there and receive arms and presents from them. When we went up the river with the Boat about four years ago, these Indians came to the Boat expecting their annuities. We went with some of them to their camp, and we there saw guns among them which were made in in the year 1839. So that we can easily see how long it would take to get guns and means among them. This fact he knows, that whenever they know that we have the thing concocted with the Indians, every thing will be forthcoming in abundance. The British officers are sworn to keep all these matters secret and the man that would divulge any thing would be eternally disgraced: [p. [298]]
might someday or other defend themselves. In the North-western Territory they have a fort, and the Indians in that country go there and receive arms and presents from them. When we went up the river with the Boat about four years ago, these Indians came to the Boat expecting their annuities. We went with some of them to their camp, and we there saw guns among them which were made in in the year 1839. So that we can easily see how long it would take to get guns and means among them. This fact he knows, that whenever they know that we have the thing concocted with the Indians, every thing will be forthcoming in abundance. The British officers are sworn to keep all these matters secret and the man that would divulge any thing would be eternally disgraced: [p. [298]]
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