California [H 20?] Thomas J. Henley San Francisco Jan 3d '56 Reply to [office] letter of 30th [Novr?] last. relative to the establishment of a [Ind] agency in the [redistricting?] of [Tulare?]Co. - [Ewe. copy?} of the appointment of [Mr.? Mjr?] Jennings Rec'd [January?] 31, '56 Ack Feb 5 - ['56] [J H?] 31 - [Ft ?]
(Copy) Office Supt Ind Affairs San. Francisco Cal [superscript a] Sept 20 [superscript th] 1855
You are hereby appointed Special Agent for that portion of Tulare [Valley?] know as Four Creeks and Tulare River. It will be your duty to protect the Indians from imposition and abuse by evil disposed white persons. To settle disputes or difficulties either among themselves or with white persons, and generally to take such Steps as you may deem necessary and best calcu lated to preserve the peace of the neighborhoods. Your attention is called to the law of the last Session of the Legislature of this State proh ibiting the Sale of ardent Spirits to Indians, and admitting Indian testimony in prosecutions for the offence Very Respectfully Your Obt Svt (Signed) Tho. J. Henley Supt Ind Affairs
Office Supt. Indian Affairs San Francisco, Cal. January 30 1856 [Adm.?] Geo. W. Mannypenny Com. Ind. Affairs, Washington, DC.
Sir. I am in receipt of your's of 30th November last, acknowledging the receipt of a copy of the petition of citizens of a portion of Tulare County, praying for the establishment of a sub-agency in that vicinity, and expressing your surprise that I had not given an opinion on the subject. It was intended to forward with the copy of the petition, a copy of the appointment of Mr Jennings, as special agent, with compensation, which would have been a sufficient explanation of my opinions on that subject. It is my intention hereafter to make a special recommendation in regard to the Tulare Indians. These papers were accidentally omitted in sending the petition to which you allude. I herewith forward them. Very Respectfully Your Ob't Serv't Thos. J. Henley. Supt. Indian Affairs