Head Quarters of Genl. Bosley's Command 4 Cala. Mounted Militia. On Clear Lake.
5th. Sept. 1856.
To Col. Thos. J. Henley Supt. Indn. Affs. Cala. -
In addition to the enclosed information, which is herewith transmitted, I have to say, a recent scout into the Indian Country, towards the Western base of the Sierra Nevada, has developed a knowledge of that section of country, not heretofore known, perhaps - and I send you, herewith, such information as I have obtained.
Two Lakes were here discovered, - one of them some 30 miles in extent, and very [?], extending along the base of the Sierra Nevadas, and distant from Goose Lake some 35 miles N. E. - Several smaller lakes, with mountain streams running into them, are in the vicinity which, together with Goose Lake, afford rich valleys, with good timber, water, and grass. - The lakes and streams abounding in fish, of several varieties, and a good deal of game to be found.
The general surface of the Country is undulating and open - being what is called a desert - the wild sage, or Fremontia Artemesia [Artemisia], abounding everywhere. The
location of this section is in about 43 [degrees] N. Latitude, and in the limits of Oregon Territory. This section suggests itself to me as being the last that can be found for the location of Reserves, for the Indian Tribes of N. Cala. It is about 200 miles from Yreka - the nearest white settlement, - [but?] is easily accessible from Sacramento Valley.
Very respecty, &c. (Signed) Jas. P. Goodale.