Office Supt. Ind. Affs. San Francisco, Cal. October 22d 1859
Hon A. B. Greenwood Commissionerof Indian Affairs Sir, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a circular addressed by me to the agents, and Sub Agents, in this Superintendency and to request that you will give the subject your [early?] consideration.
So long as the officers referred to are permitted to contract debt, and expend public money on their own responsibility, I can [have?] no control over the proper disposition of the limited appropriations now available for Indian purposes. The expenditures made that appropriations have already exceeded the limits [presented?permitted?] to the Agents in any written orders, and it is impossible for me to approve or disapprove
of bills incurred without any personal knowledge. I [deem?] it essential to the interest of this service, that this [illegible] of patronage, out of which so many will have [grown?], should be withheld from subordinate officers for whom, management of the public business committed to their charge I am held responsible. In no other way am I know that the funds appropriated for the benefit of the Indians are judiciously devoted to that purpose.
I [concern?] that the responsibility of keeping the Indian in subjection and [leaving?] as far as practicable a successful [issue?] of the reservation system, [illegible?] ultimately upon me, and I am desirous that all funds transmitted to me should be devoted to the legitimate purposesfor which they are intended, in such a manner, as to [illegible] the greatest