History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​March 10​> Chippewa Rivers, under the penalties of the laws relative to the case. [HC 6:255]
We sent Brothers and [Cyrus] Daniels, in Company with the principal chief of the Menomanee Indians over land to the Wisconsin River, to ascertain more about the matter. They saw the Agent, found him a gruff austere man determined to stop all trespassing on Indian land. The Indians are willing to sell privileges to individuals for lumbering and cutting timber as they have hitherto done, but the Agent is opposed to it. Thus a difficulty arises between themselves— Now as regards the introduction of the Gospel of Christ among the Indians here it will require more exertion to all appearances to check the enthusiastic ardor of these our red brethren until the full principles of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shall be reasoned into their minds, than to urge them on to receive it— They have great confidence in us. The Country belonging to these Northern Indians is a dreary cold region, and to a great extent, Cranberry marshes, pine barrens, and Swamps with a small amount of good land scarce of game, and only valuable in Mill privileges and facilities for lumbering purposes. as to mineral resources, they have not been fully developed— There is no doubt as to the abundance of Iron ore, but uncertain as to quality— Now under all of these circumstances, a few of us here have arrived at this conclusion in our minds, (such as can undergo all things,) that as the Gospel has not been fully opened in all the South and South Western States, as also , Mexico, Brazil &c. together with the West India Islands;
Having produced lumber enough to build the and — also having an influence over the Indians so as to induce them to sell their lands to the , and go to a climate South West more congenial (all according to the policy of the U. S. Government) and having also become convinced that the church at or in the Eastern States will not build the according to the commandment, neither the in a reasonable time— and that we have so far as we have made trials got means in the South, we have it in our minds to go to the table lands of to a point we may find to be the most eligible, their <​there​> locate, and let it be a place of gathering for all the South (they being incumbered with that unfortunate race of beings the Negroes) and for us to employ our time and talents in gathering together means to build according to the Commandments of our God, and spread the Gospel to the nations according to the will of our heavenly father, We therefore our beloved brethren send our worthy , with a few of our thoughts, on paper, that you may take the subject matter under consideration, and return us such instructions as may be according to the mind and will of the Lord our God.
We have thought it best to sell the mills here if you may think it expedient. We feel greatly encouraged to spend and be spent in the cause of Christ according to the will of our heavenly Father— [HC 6:256]
You will therefore after due deliberation send us by the hands of such instructions as may be the result of your deliberations. [p. 1924]
March 10 Chippewa Rivers, under the penalties of the laws relative to the case. [HC 6:255]
We sent Brothers and [Cyrus] Daniels, in Company with the principal chief of the Menomanee Indians over land to the Wisconsin River, to ascertain more about the matter. They saw the Agent, found him a gruff austere man determined to stop all trespassing on Indian land. The Indians are willing to sell privileges to individuals for lumbering and cutting timber as they have hitherto done, but the Agent is opposed to it. Thus a difficulty arises between themselves— Now as regards the introduction of the Gospel of Christ among the Indians here it will require more exertion to all appearances to check the enthusiastic ardor of these our red brethren until the full principles of faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shall be reasoned into their minds, than to urge them on to receive it— They have great confidence in us. The Country belonging to these Northern Indians is a dreary cold region, and to a great extent, Cranberry marshes, pine barrens, and Swamps with a small amount of good land scarce of game, and only valuable in Mill privileges and facilities for lumbering purposes. as to mineral resources, they have not been fully developed— There is no doubt as to the abundance of Iron ore, but uncertain as to quality— Now under all of these circumstances, a few of us here have arrived at this conclusion in our minds, (such as can undergo all things,) that as the Gospel has not been fully opened in all the South and South Western States, as also , Mexico, Brazil &c. together with the West India Islands;
Having produced lumber enough to build the and — also having an influence over the Indians so as to induce them to sell their lands to the , and go to a climate South West more congenial (all according to the policy of the U. S. Government) and having also become convinced that the church at or in the Eastern States will not build the according to the commandment, neither the in a reasonable time— and that we have so far as we have made trials got means in the South, we have it in our minds to go to the table lands of to a point we may find to be the most eligible, there locate, and let it be a place of gathering for all the South (they being incumbered with that unfortunate race of beings the Negroes) and for us to employ our time and talents in gathering together means to build according to the Commandments of our God, and spread the Gospel to the nations according to the will of our heavenly father, We therefore our beloved brethren send our worthy , with a few of our thoughts, on paper, that you may take the subject matter under consideration, and return us such instructions as may be according to the mind and will of the Lord our God.
We have thought it best to sell the mills here if you may think it expedient. We feel greatly encouraged to spend and be spent in the cause of Christ according to the will of our heavenly Father— [HC 6:256]
You will therefore after due deliberation send us by the hands of such instructions as may be the result of your deliberations. [p. 1924]
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