Capt. John W. Davidson Fort Tejon Cal. Sept 13/59
Encloses his report of an Expidition recently made into [Owen's?] Valley. [LC?] [LC?]
Respectuflly inferred 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 Superindant 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 [illegible] [illegible] into that country. beliving it may contain useful information, which the Superindant would wish to receive, [illegible] day.
If, the country, has the [illegible] [illegible] 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 eastern boundary to the Sierra Nevada, boundary, the [illegible] Desert, [illegible] Mandeville
(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 expene might they not to remain [illegible] — I already [illegible], that if [illegible] man, were put in charge, of this Reservation, [illegible] as those des-cribed, with the Indians of [illegible] [illegible] upon, a [illegible] 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 Resvation, instead of [illegible] into the public treasury, a source of Revenue to the Government.
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 [illegible] 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 Indian 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.