San Francisco Cala.
February 22d 1860

Hon T.J.D. Fuller
Second Auditor
Treas'y Dept.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th ult. containing a statement of differences in the settlement of my accounts for the 1st, 2d and 3d quarters of 1858 - and in reply hasten to make the following explanation with the view of removing suspensions and objections taken thereto.

1st qr 1858

Voucher 1. J.J. Kendricks - Special Agent $300
The policy and propriety of appointing Spcl Agents in such localities as may require their presence has been sanctioned and approved by the Department ever since the organization of the Indian Service in California. In reference to the necessity and policy of the appointment of the Spcl Agents to whose pay exceptions are taken in the examniation of the accounts of the 1, 2, & 3 quarters of 1858, it is proper to remark that the State of California is nearly one thousand miles in length with an average width of two hundred and fifty miles; nearly every thirty miles of which is inhabited by a distinct band or tribe of Indians; speaking in many instances languages different from their neighbors, and generally at war with them. Occupying every portion of the Country, from the Colorado River to the Oregon line, and from the

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