2nd. To appoint a committee of two, who should
visit, yearly, every nation of Indians in the state—
inquire into their situation and wants, improve-
ment in religion and morals, school learning, and
agriculture; and use their best endeavours to prevail
on them to consent to divide their lands into farms
of 100 acres each, not to be alienated or leased, but
to descend to nearest relations, &c.; hear their com-
plaints of whites attempting to defraud them, as to
their lands, &c.; and report to the Board at their
3d. The Board to employ suitable religious
racters, to reside among the Indians, to instruct them
in agriculture, the useful arts, and school learning.
4th. The Board to report annually to the Legisla-
ture, and recommend the enacting such laws as they
might deem necessary.
5th. The Commissioners to be allowed the same
pay (when on duty) as members of the Legislature.
6th. To be allowed 3000 dollars yearly, to be ap-
propriated as they might judge proper for the bene-
fit of the several tribes, in order to carry into effect
the design of this plan.
As to the sublime project of uniting the Western
Lakes with the Hudson River—but am fearful thou
will think me already tiresome—I shall, therefore,
leave this subject for a separate letter.
To P. A. JAY
We have lately been informed by some of our
friends who reside near the Stockbridge Indians
that near one hundred white persons have settled on
the lands belonging to the said Indians—that,
although they have been proceeded against, as the
law directs, yet, by their influence with the chiefs,
the matter has been so represented to the Governor,