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E.A. Graves letters to Governor David Meriwether regarding Indians in the New Mexico Territory, 1853.

Author: E A Graves; D Meriwether
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The collection consists of correspondence from E.A. Graves, Indian Agent, to David Meriwether, Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs for New Mexico Territory, Most letters inform Meriwether of situations with the Utahs, Navajos, or Apaches, seeking advice or action on the part of Meriwether. Incidents generally relate to Indian depredations and questions of property ownership. Graves' first annual report to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Letters
History
Personal correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Named Person: E A Graves; D Meriwether; D Meriwether
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: E A Graves; D Meriwether
OCLC Number: 733761006
Notes: Related archival material: Michael Steck Papers, Indian Affairs Collection, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Description: 1 oversize folder
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The collection consists of correspondence from E.A. Graves, Indian Agent, to David Meriwether, Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs for New Mexico Territory, Most letters inform Meriwether of situations with the Utahs, Navajos, or Apaches, seeking advice or action on the part of Meriwether. Incidents generally relate to Indian depredations and questions of property ownership. Graves' first annual report to Gov. Meriwether includes observations and suggestions regarding the state of Indian affairs in New Mexico Territory. He opines on the failure of Indian policy, suggesting that the only effective way to manage the Indians is to subdue and then civilize them, via the power of the government and military. He also discusses the relationship between the (New) Mexicans and Indians and specifically discusses conflicts over land grants near the Rio Conejos. One set of correspondence is between Graves and Charles Beaubien; all other correspondence is addressed to Meriwether. Graves often spells Meriwether's name "Merriwether" and uses a variety of spellings for Abiquiu. Letters are sent from Abiquiu, Taos, and Chamita, NM and indicate that his is representing the Apache Agency and then, the Utah and Apache Agencies.

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