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PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE
LAKE MOHONK CONFERENCE.
At the invitation of Mr. Albert K. Smiley, the second annual meeting of the Lake Mohonk Conference was held in September, 1884, at Lake Mohonk, Ulster County, New York.
Mr. Smiley's purpose in arranging a Conference at Lake Mohonk was to bring together men who by long experience and careful investigation had come to an accurate understanding of the Indian question in its various phases. There were also present as members of the Conference those who, though they had not given close attention to the practical details of the question, were, nevertheless, by general intelligence and acquaintance with affairs, well fitted to assist and guide the deliberations.
Mr. Smiley considered that it was a matter of the highest importance that those representing the Indian cause should arrive at clear and definite conclusions regarding the object to be attained, that these conclusions should be plainly set before the public in printed form, and as widely circulated as possible.
The motive, therefore, which has urged the members of the Mohonk Conference to issue their address to the public is twofold :
1st. To inform the people of the United States as to the most direct practicable way in which the Indian question may be solved.