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Hon R. McClelland

Nov.14 1856

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Department of the Interior Office of Indian Affairs November 14th 1856.

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5th instant suggesting the propriety of causing an early Survey of the Military Reservations for Indian puposes in the State of California to be made, with a view to the removal of the only cause assigned by Gen. Wool for withdrawing from them the protection heretofore afforded by the United States troops.

In reference to this subject I have respectfully to submit that during the Superintendency of Mr. E. T. Beals the Sebastian Military Reserve at the [insert: top of the] Tejon was established, and surveys by his direction and maps of this Survey forwarded to this office -

The boundaries thus established do not appear to have ever been submitted to and approved by the President of the United States - and it is now represented by the present Superintendent that such boundaries are not properly arranged, and ought not to be permanently established.-

It was represented by Mr Beals that he found himself compelled by

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the circumstances in which he was placed and the difficulty of procuring a large tract of land to locate two of the reservations he was authorized to establish, at one point, [viz?] at the "Tejon": and that General Wool whom he had counselled with, approves his course in this and other subjects.-

It may and probably will become expedient to [reduce?] the limits of this reservation, which is now said to contain about 75,000 acres of land, and of course to resurvey it.

This Nome Lacke or Northern Reservation situated in Colusi County about [70?] miles West of Tehama City was located by Superintendent Henley about the first of September 1854 but has never been surveyed, nor does the location appear to have been submitted to the President, or to have been formally approved by him - It has however been recognized by the Department and by appropriations for its support, and when surveyed can be submitted in a definite form for approval by [Mr?] President

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The "Klamath" Reservation, commencing at the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and extending one mile in width on each side of the Klamath River and up the same for a distance of twenty miles, was approved by the President on the 16th of November 1855, and on the 19th of the same month the General Land Office was notified of its establishment and requested to cause it to be respected in the action of that Office.

This reservation is limited by law to an area not exceeding 25,000 acres but has not been rigorously surveyed, nor its boundaries defined, otherwise than as above stated -

The last Reservation established is situated in Mendocino County, commencing at the Coast of the Pacific Ocean, between the South bank of the Noyo River so as to include that River, and a point one mile north of the mouth of "[Halo?]" or "[Beeduloo?]" Creek, and extending Eastward for quantity, so as to include the Valleys beyond the first Range of hills, to the Coast Mountains, conforming to their shape; and to contain an area

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not exceeding 25,000 Acres of land -

The location of this Reservation was approved by the President of the United States on the 22d of May last, and on the 3rd of June last the General Land Office was notified of its establishment, and was requested to direct the Surveyor General of California to cause its boundaries to be run out and marked in connection with the public Surveys -

A Map of this Reservation was prepared by Major H P. Heintzleman of the U. S. Army from a personal examination of the tract, and for all present purposes the boundaries of the same are sufficiently known and definite -

This completes the list of Reservations in California to be regularly surveyed, and these boundaries permanently established in such manner as to comply with the law in regard to quantity, and to be protected from invasion by squatting -

It will be within your recollection that heretofore the Land Office has objected to the course pursued in some instances by this Office, in causing Indian

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