California L156 Hon M. S. Latham Senate March 10, '60
Leaves letters of Supt McDuffie and J. Ross Browne rel. to the claim of Joseph Levenson for goods furnished the Nome Lackee Reservation during the years 1858 & 59
Rec'd March 10, '60 ansd Mch 19th No certificate accompanied the enclosed letters as stated by Supt McDuffin - MD
Office Supt. of Indian Affs San Francisco Cal February 1 1860.
Hon. Milton S. Latham,
Mr. Joseph Lawson a Merchant of Tehama holds a claim against the Indians Department for provisions he furnished the Nome Lackee Indian reservation during the fiscal years 1858-1859.
I have requested Mr Lawson to furnish me with Duplicate copies of his bills, Certified to by the Indian Agent at Nome Lackee. It is my intention to forward these papers to the department & to urge upon the Commission of Indian Affairs the Justice of the claims.
Mr Lawson is a Worthy Citizen of Tehama County, and desires assistance in this matter, from the fact that he has been almost ruined by fines in Tehama City & is suffering from causes
over which he had no control.
I have to request on his behalf your assistance in this matter; that you will represent to the Commission of Indian Affairs the suffering to which he has been exposed on account of thie non payment of his claims & do all in your power to have it allowed.
Yours Respectfully your obdt svt J. Y. McDuffin Supt Ind Affairs
Enclosed I send you a copy of Mr Geiger Certificate of Mr [Lewison?] claims.
Indian Dept. Clam of Joseph Lawson
San Francisco, Cal Feb 1st 1860
Hon. Milton S. Latham
The bearer, Mr. Joseph Lewison, a merchant of Tehema, holds a claim against the department of Indian Affairs for goods furnished to the Nome Lackee reservation during the years 1858 & 9. He represents to me that he has suffered great loss by fire and is now in peculiar difficultly owing to heavy debts upon which he is compelled to pay [illegible] interest. I do not believe his vouchers for the supplies forwarded have every been transmitted to the Department, and it seems a very hard case that he should suffer utter ruin in consequences of his faith in the credit of the Government. I have recommended him to furnish to Mr. McDuffie, Superintendent of Indian Affairs duplicate copies of his bills, duly certified by the Indian Agent at Nome Lackee
in order that they may be transmitted to Washington for settlement.
Any assistance that you can afford him in calling the attention of the proper officers of the Department to his claim, (which he informs me, amounts to about $3,300) will be an act of humanity to a very deserving and respectable man.
I cannot wish for the corrections of his bills or the delivery of the goods; but I have seen a certificate of the Agent acknowledging the justness of the claim. Of course the vouchers will be critically examined before having allowed. All I request of you, in his behalf, is that you will be kind enough to represent to the Commission of Indian Affairs the extreme hardship experienced by Mr. Lewison already on account of the non-payment of his claim, and the absolute ruin that will result to him from further delay.
Very Respectfully your odt sevt J. Ross Browne