Office Superintendent of Indian Affairs San Francisco California February 1 1860.
Honable Milton S. Latham,
Mr. Joseph Lawson a Merchant of [Tehamma?] holds a claim against the Indians Department for provisions he furnished the [Nomo?] 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 image upon the Commission of Indian Affairs the Justice of the claims.
Mr Lawson is a Worthy Citizen of [Tehoma?] County, and desires assistance in this matter, from the fact that he has been almost ruined by fines in [Tehoma?] City & is suffering from [causes?]