No. 161.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. West .

Referring to previous correspondence in relation to the incursions of Canadian Indians into the territory of this country, I now have the honor to inform you that, having received intelligence to the effect that Big Bear, with five hundred lodges of Cree Indians, intends to cross the border into Montana Territory during the present month for the purpose of hunting, the President has instructed the proper officer to warn “Big Bear,” in that event, to return to Canada, and, if he shall disregard the warning, to take the necessary military measures to enforce his return.

I have, &c.,