California M90 J. Y. McDuffie San Francisco, Cal October 19, '59
Recommends the [illegible] of agent Geiger and the appointment of H.F. Harris - also the [hiring?] of Sub agents Mr. [illegible] & H.S. Ford and Agent J.R. Vineyards, and desires to be releived from the responsibility of paying the liabilities that accrued previous to his assuming the duties of Supt.
Rec. Nov 16, '59 File
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Office Supt. Ind Affairs San Francisco Cal October 19, 1859
Hon. A. B. Greenwood Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Sir I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of September 3d in relation to removals and appointments of Agent and Sub Agents in this Superintendency, and instructing me in all cases where a change is suggested to submit the reasons for your consideration. In my general report dated September 4th [insto.?] on the condition of the reservations in California. I stated in reference to the Nome Lackee reservation "that during the past season "there had been cultivated about eight hundred acres [strikethrough]one hundred and fifty[/strikethrough] mostly in small grains out of which one hundred and fifty acres of which was almost totaly destroyed by smut" also that "these eight hundred acres are divided into small farms some distance apart but all within the circumference of seven miles the richest bottoms only being setuated for cultivation, causing thie separation." On my late visit to Nome Lackee on the 30th Sept. I was surprised to learn that Mr Geiger had disposed of a portion of this crop at private sale for his own benefit, and that he claimed to own a considerable portion of the wheat.
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which was stored at Head Quarters, and contemplated selling it in the same manner. He admitted having sold a portion of the barley and hay, and claimed the right to sell the wheat on the round that it became his property by purchase of the Land. As this crop was planted at public expense, under the supervision of Mr Geiger and harvested for the use of the Indians, with Government teams, and by Indian Labor. I am unable to perceive upon what grounds of Justice or propriety Mr Geiger can lay claim to it. I have therefore instructed him by letter (a copy of which is enclosed) not to remove any grain or other public property from the reservation. I have also to report that during my last visit to Nome Lackee I saw teams of oxen belonging to the reservation engaged in hauling timber from the mountains to the above claim of Mr Geiger, at a time when their services were required for public purposes: that the garden and orchard have been entirely neglected, and the fences are now broken down and the fruit trees destroyed by cattle : that there are living upon the reservation and apparently at public expense, a number of white persons not in the employ of Government : that no effort has been made to gather up the cattle placed there by my predecessor,
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which cattle are now scattered down the Sacramento Valley a distance of fifty miles & that some thirty or forty horses, also public property, have strayed off and no effort has been made to recover them: that there are but few agricultural implements available out of the large purchases made : that in short nothing appears to have been done at the reservation during the past three months & except upon points and adjoining claims. Most of the Indians who were present during my former visit to this reservation have been permitted to leave as no impediment has been placed in their way of them doing so, and most of the working hands are employed upon Mr Geigers claim. The [Pemey?] of the Nome Lackee Reservation was made by Mr Gray in September 1857, under instructions from my predecessor, to Mr Geiger. By [strikethrough]which[/strikethrough] what means a valuable portion of the [States?] recognized Limit of the reserve could be excluded, I am unable to say. Nor can I ascertain what reason there could be for the cutting off the Mill and water ditch which I am informed cost the Government a large amount of money. As the Mill and water ditch however appear on the map, it would seem that some error must have occurred by means of which no approval of the [Pemey?] has been obtained, to which the Department