California [M?] 99 J.Y. McDuffie San Francisco, Cal October 18, '59 [[C out? flourish across top part?]] ---------Enc. letter from Agent Geiger in reply to one from [S. or F.?] [Nate or ?] Brown rel to grain sold by him for his individual benefit &c. ---------Rec'd. Nov'r 16, '59 [Hendiner?] 16 Land Fill [[flourish across bottom section?]]
[[right column]] Respectfully referred to the Secretary of the Interior for his information. [[flourish across paragraph?]] [LtSB?] Government Comm'sr. Off. Ind. Affr. November 17/59.
Rec'd & returned to Indian Office. Nov 18/59
Rec'd [Received?] 17 Nov. '59 Mr. Bailey
Office Supt Ind Affs San Francisco Oct. 18 [1859?]
Hon. [N?]. B. [Helmwood?] Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Sir I have the honor to enclose herewith a communication from [A?]. E. [Reagen?] Esq. Agent from [Landlee?] Indian Reservation, in reply to a letter addressed to the Department by J. [Bos?] Brown Special Agent of the Department of the Interior. A copy of which was furnished [illegible] - I [illegible]
Very Respectfully Your Obdt Svt [Obedient Servant?] J G McDuffie Supt. Ind Affs for California
Nome Lackee Reserv. Oct, 12th, 1859
Sir, Mr. J. Ross Browne, special agnet of the Treasury Department, has furnished me with a copy of a communication addressed to him to you, dated Oct. 3d 1859, relative to some grain claimed by me and also as to the use of government oxen for my private purposes. By the courtesy of Mr. Browne I am enabled by the same [mail?] to make a statement of my own relative to the matters.
When the proclamation of the President appeared, authorizing and directing the sale of the public lands in this district, all the lands embraced in this reservation were offered, which necessarily attracted attention to this part of the state. Many persons examined the line of the survey, and were anxious to become purchasers. Believing that the lands of this place were properly reserved, I wrote to the then Supt. of Indian Affairs on the subject and also protested with the Register of the land office against such sale. Persons, however, anxious to purchase, continued their examinations, and after investigating the survey of the Reservation, discovered that a portion of the lands claimed to belong to this reserve and which had been used for agriculture and other purposes, were not included in the survey and hence became subject to entry or purchase. Prior to this, however, and and before I was aware of the fact that any of the land claimed as belonging to this reservation were outside of the survey line, a gentleman by the name of Greene, county surveyor of the County of Colusi, ascertained that such was the fact, and by virtue of a law of this state, under which