Capt. John W. Davidson Fort Tejon Cal. Sept 13/59
Encloses his report of an Expidition [Expedition]recently made into [Owen's?] Valley. [LC?] [LC?]
Respectfully inferred [referred?]to the Comm'r of Indian Affairs. Interior Oct 10/59
Moses Kelly Ch clk
Rec'd October 14, '59
File Rec'd 7 Oct '59 Mr. Bailey
Fort Tejon California September 13th 1859
Hon'l Secretary of the Interior Washington City D.C.
Understanding through the Superintendent of Indian Affairs [illegible] [illegible], that it is in contemplation by the Department to establish a Reservation in Owens Valley, for the Indians of that section of the country. I have taken the liberty of enclosing to you, my report of an Expedition recently made into that country. believing it may contain useful information, which the Department would wish to receive at an early day.
If, the country, has the boundaries below given, it will embrace the finest portions of the Valley, and shut out the white settlers, usually the parts of both military, and Indian Reservations.
All the valley, North, of the 4th Standard South, Mount Diablo Base Line, and as far North as the 38th parallel of Latitude. The western boundary to be the Sierra Nevada, and the eastern boundary, the Great Desert, [see?] Mandeville's
(Surveyor General] Map of Sept 20th 1859.
It is thus an isolated strip of country. where the grand problem, of the amelioration and imprisonment of the Indian races of California, could nowhere, more successfully, be tried.
The lake gives them food, so does their [sa???s] of grass-mats, and at how little expense might they not to remain [illegible] — I really believe, that if an enterprising man, were put in charge, of this Reservation, [bounded?] as I have described, with the Indians of Southern California upon, a [Dragoon?] company to keep them in order, that he could not only support the Indians gathered there, but after the first one or two years, make the Reservation, instead of eating into the public treasury, a source of Revenue to the Government. [illegible] Your most obedient servant
John W. Davidson [illegible]
Fort Tejon Cali. Sept 13th 1859.
My Dear Sir,
I have sent the Secretary of the Interior my Report. on the Owens Lake country, and Indians, that he may have it before the opening of Congress, if he intends to take any action before these upon the subject of a [grand?] Reservation for all the [Southern?] tribes of California.
Will you do me the favor to look it over. and should the secretary deem it worth the printing with his report, see that it has no erros in it.