The Ute delegation arrived in Washington, D.C. in early January 1880. Government officials soon realized most of the Utes accused of the Meeker Massacre were not present. Charles Adams and the Ute called Jack were sent back to Colorado to collect the accused and return with them to Washington.
Adams’ friendship with Ouray and trust in the Utes is evident in this letter he wrote after arriving at the Los Pinos Agency.
2 Feb 1880
I arrived here day before yesterday with [Otto] Mears and the Indians. On the way Wash became quite sick on the [railroad] cars, but was well again after leaving Alamosa. Between there and Clines ranch Jack became sick, but he also was quite well again when we reached here.
Jack immediately went to Grand River and asked for ten days to bring Douglas and the others here, so I shall have to wait here 10 days. Your Indians had a long talk yesterday, none came to the Agency, I suppose they were listending to Wash’s report from you. On our trip here we had no trouble whatever and on our return I expect none.
I cannot say who will return with me. If anything important occurs here, I will write you besides telegraphing to Secretary Schurz who is a good man and your friend.
Adios, tell Chipeta to enjoy herself, not worry and not be sick.
Letter from the Colorado Historical Society Library, Box 1180 FF1