California M125 J.Y. McDuffie '73 San Francisco, Cal. Novr 19 '59
Reports his return from the Fresno + Kings River Indian farms [illegible] of the same, the reasons therefor, desposition as the public property +c
Recd Decr 14 '59 Report to Secretary of Interior Dec 14th 1859 and letter referred 14 Land
Office Supt. Ind Affs San Francisco Cal Nov 19. 1859
Hon A. B. Greenwood Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Sir On the 9 inst I returned from a visit to the Fresno & Kings river indian farms, and have the honor to report that from a careful examination into their condition while there, together with the prospect of their future usefulness under existing circumstances, I was induced to abandon them at once on the part of the Government.
The Advantages gained heretofore by the cultivation of these farms has not been at all commensurate with the expenses incurred; the amount of money paid for their rent alone has been almost sufficent to [illegible] the entire value of the crops raised upon them. Great neglect hs been shown by the Sub Agent in charge in guarding public property from decay; most of the agricultural implements on hand are useless, from the [illegible] of proper care, the replacing of which would incur [illegible] expenses the necessities of the department will not [illegible].
M.B. Lewis Esq. Sub Agent in charge of these places has been [instructed?] by me to collect all the public property upon these farms together; to secure the same from loss or futher injury until instructions are received from me to
discharge all his employees, the retention of whom would be but a useless expense to the service.
The number of Indians supported upon these farms does not in my opinion exceed fifty for whom it is my intention to purchase the food necessary during the present [illegible] which will prove to be a more economical system than that of maintaining farms at exhorbitant rents.
For the reasons named I have been induced to take the steps I have, and trust that the department will approve of any actions in the matter.
Very Respectfully Your Obt Svt J.Y. McDuffie Supt. Ind Affs