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Johnston Lykins journal entry, undated

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Johnston Lykins Journal
2706.

As every thing calculated to throw light on the subject of colonizing the Indians may hereafter be read with interest, I venture to state a few facts, which appear likely to hazard the accomplishment of the plan. In the first place, Commissioners at treaties held for the purpose of removing them & impress them with the idea they are to want for nothing. After their arrival at their new country, they find, promises made by com? are to be fulfilled by Agents, & withal having [XXXXX] among them inclined to colour the movements of the Govt, their minds become sour toward the Govt & its plans of colonizing them. The Dels came to their country under the expectation of being well fed, but have been suffered to starve, days in succession, until on the eve of killing horses to save their families. which has suggested to them the idea of quitting the place assigned them & seeking a more remote situation. An Agent thinks it a matter of small consequence should are supplies of provisions be a few

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later than expected in arriving at the place of distribution, yet the hungry Indian, deeply feels the effects & attributes it to indifference to his situation. & would much prefer moving on his own responsibility.

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