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Office of [illegible] Ind. Aff.
San Francisco, Cal
December 4th 1856

Gen. J. A. Sutter,
Sp. Ind. Agent
Sir:
[illegible] of the 1st inst. was
duly received.
The policy of giving encouragement to Indians,
to remain off of Reservations, is not good, and is against
the system, adopted by the Government, of providing for
them, on places selected for that purpose, and would not
be allowed, if coming from any other person than yourself,
But I think any request made by you, Gen. Sutter, in behalf
of your own Indians and own companions, in California, ought
to be respected by the Government. You are, therefore, at
liberty to allow those Indians to remain, upon the conditions
mentioned in your letter: but it will be expected that you
will see that they fully comply with their promise, to be
industrious, temperate, and peaceable.
You can buy the wheat, say 40 bushels, and
draw on me for the money. Enclosed is a blank voucher.

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