Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. West.
Washington, April 7, 1882.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 5th instant, relative to the reciprocal treatment of the migratory frontier Indians by the United States and Canadian authorities. Copies of it have been sent to the Secretaries of War and the Interior for their information and the suggestion of any plan of concurrent operations on the border which they may deem proper to be submitted to the Canadian Government with a view to the adoption by them of analogous or responsive plans. From the good disposition which your note shows, I trust that we may be soon able to come to a complete and satisfactory agreement.
Meanwhile I await with interest the reply to my suggestion of the 29th ultimo that the military authorities on the frontier be immediately ordered to break up the camps of the intruders and conduct them to the border. If the Canadian Government is prepared to receive and maintain so large a body of its own Indians the order will be given at once. I have to request that you will use the telegraph to aid in speedy conclusion.
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