California H260 Thomas J. Henley San Francisco Aug 13.'56
Statement rel: to a difficulty between the Indians and Whites in Tulare Valley and the necessity of appointing a Special Agent (Alonzo Ridley) - enc. copy of his instructions to him
Rec'd Septr 15. '56 Ack'd Oct 3. "
27 Office of Supt of Indian Affairs San Francisco Cal August 13th 1856
Hon. Geo. W. Manypenny Com of Indian Affairs Washington D. C.
Sir, Considerable difficulty has existed for some weeks past in the Valley of the Tulare between the Indians and Whites. Several houses have been burned, and other property destroyed by the Indians, and in turn a number of Indians have been killed by the Whites. A large portion of Indian food, collected by the Indians previous to the disturbances, has also been destroyed. Hostile feelings exist on both sides. The Indians are scattered and restless, and in some places are forbidden to return to the settlements - they are in great fear of starvation. All that could be received there have been taken to the King's River Farm, but a large number still remain unprovided for; I have therefore, considered it imperatively necessary to appoint a Special Agent to give his undivided attention to
Office Supt. Indians Affairs San Francisco Cal August 13, 1856
Alonzo Ridley Esq.
Sir: You are requested to act in the capacity of Special Agent for the Indians in the Vally [Valley] of Tulare, and the adjacent mountains to the eastward.
Hostilities have existed to some extent in that region for some weeks past between the Indians and Whites. Some property of the Settlers has been destroyed, and some Indians have been killed in turn by the settlers.
Your first effort will be towards the restoration of peace, which should be put upon a firm basis by pledges from the settlers that the Indians will not be molested in the places you will designate for them.
Your next object should be to ascertain the prospects for their attaining a supply of food for the ensuing Winter, and to give them every
every encouragement and facility to enable them to do so. These Indians have, heretofore lived upon what they could themselves provide, and as the crops in that portion of the state have partially failed, and there being scarcely any food to be purchased there, it is an imperative necessity that they should have every possible facility afforded them, to provide for their support according to their original customs.
You are acquainted with the habits and manners of these Indians, and are fully advised as to the views of this Office in regard to the importance of your mission. Further instructions in detail are, therefore, considered unnecessary.
Your compensation will be one hundred and twenty five dollars per month; including traveling expenses for which sub vouchers will in all cases be required.
You will be under the immediate jurisdiction of Sub Agent Lewis, and will call on him for additional instructions; and the settlement of your accounts. You