Stephen F. Austin to Cherokee Chiefs, 05-08-1826

Summary: Withdrawing plans for war against Waco and Tahuacano Indians.

I wrote you by Mr Foster requesting that the Cherokees would aid me in attacking the Wacos and Tawakanies on the 25 of this month, I have this day recd an order from the superior Government, directing me to suspend the meditated attack as it appears those Indians wish for peace and there will be no necessity of going to war with them—The settlers of this Colony do not wish for war with any Indians and more especially with their neighbors and as it is likely that a peace will be made between them and us I have abandoned the idea of attacking them and do not wish you to act under the letter which I wrote you by Mr Foster

I should be happy to hear from you and that you would inform me if I can befriend you in any way—I hope the Cherokees and Americanos will live as one people—

P. S. three Indians were seen in this Colony a few days ago supposed to be Keechies or some of those horse-stealing tribes in this neighborhood and I am this moment informed that a number of horses are missing—I must request the favor of you to try and find out if any of those tribes have any stolen horses and to take possession of them and send me word.

If no peace is made and the war should go on I will let you know by express for if there is a war I shall calculate on your aid—

[Note on letter:] The above is copy of letter to cherokees may 8 1826