Off. Sol. Ct Claims January 7, 1859 Sir, I am directed to inquire, for the information of this court, whether any written instructions were given to E. F . Beale, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in California beyond those printed in Doc 4 Special Sess. of the Senate 1853, and if so to request copies.
Very Respectfully [Jm D?] McPherson Deputy Solicitor
J W Denver Com. Indian affairs
Instructions to Beale in regard 1. to the property purchased by the agents ([illegible]) prior to 1853 2. to the claims for such property of which was [generally?] purchased on credit [illegible] yet been paid for, which he was to investigate [any?] evidence [touching] the authority of said agents to purchase property, beef, etc., from Indians, & the [propriety?] of paying the debts contracted by them prior to March3, 1953. [illegible]