James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander J. Dallas, 27 June 1815

Department of War, 27. June 1815.

The Acting Secretary of war has the honor to represent to the President of the United States:

That the menaces of the Indians, throughout the Indian country, require immediate attention; and among the means, which are proper for restoring harmony, preserving peace, and defeating the arts employed by intrusive traders, to generate Indian hostilities; it is recommended that there be immediately established an Indian agency at Chicago, upon the following principles:

1. That the agent shall make a competent establishment at Chicago, or in its neighbourhood, at which an armory, proper for the accommodation of the Indians, shall be maintained under the charge of the agent.

2. That the establishment, so formed, shall be a military station, to be occupied by such number of the troops of the United States, as the Commanding general shall deem competent for its defence and support.

3. That a factory shall be connected with the establishment, so formed, to be provided with a competent supply of suitable merchandise for the Indians, to be distributed or disposed of in such manner, as the department of war shall, from time to time, direct.

4. That notice of this arrangement be given to the major generals of divisions; and to the Commanding officers of the troops at Michilimackinac and Detroit; and to the Superintendent of Indian factories, for the benefit of their immediate cooperation.

5. That Colonel John Bowyer be appointed the Indian agent for the proposed establishment, to repair to the station forthwith, having arranged with general Mason for procuring and transporting an immediate supply of goods to be distributed in presents among the Indians, until a permanent factory can be provided.

6. That the Secretary of the Navy be requested to issue orders for the cooperation of the public vessels on Lake Erie, in forming the proposed establishment, in transporting troops or supplies, and in impressing the Indians with the naval force of the government in that quarter, by navigating Lake Michigan.

7. That the Indian Agent shall receive as a full compensation for his services a salary of one thousand dollars, payable quarterly, with an allowance of six rations per diem, or an equivalent in money, according to the price at the nearest military post.

All which is respectfully submitted.

(Signed.)A. J. Dallas.

June 30. 1815. Approved.

(Signed)James Madison

DNA: RG 75—Letters Received by the Office of the Secretary of War relating to Indian Affairs.

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