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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

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