Washington [???]: 14 Dec. 1860
Sir: I send here enclosed a letter from Howard [???] relating to a claim he has for supplies furnished the... used in California.
Please examine & allow it if possible at an early date & return me the enclosed letter with your reply.
Yr Obr [???] Milton S. Latham
For A. B. Greenwood, [???] Indian Affairs W. C.
Sacramento Nov 24th 1860 Hon. M. S. Latham
Dear Sir I have an account against the Indian Department now on file in Washington City. It amounts to [BETWEEN?] twenty one & twenty two hundred dollars. The deposit is certified to by the agent at [???] Sacker passed by the superintendent McDuffin and [???] to before a notary. Seventeen hundred & sixty nine dollars of the amount was for [???] [???] I bought for the government outside of my own [???] on which I could charge only a[???] of 10% [???] [???] by the agent that the money would be paid in 50 or sixty days, as the farthest the Governor had no credit with houses that kept these [???] and the Rexervation was very much in need of them. I consented to purchase them. They were furnished in Jany March Aprile & May 1859. [???] paid about 50% of interest on a portion of the amount and if the Governor defers payment much longer the whole amount will be consumed in interest. The money to pay these claims has been apropriated [APPROPRIATED] two years and the reason that they are not paid is the beyond my comprehension. They result of the late election has reduced my finances so much in betting and spending money for the success of our
[???] that it is a matter of life or death to me that I should receive this money. If you will go to the Department and urge the settlement of my claims immediately, you will confer an obligation that I will not soon forget
Your friend truly James L. [HOWARD?]
My dear [???] I hope you will give this matter your immediate attention as our friend Howard is in great need of the money and any [???] [???] [???] Get [???] [???] [???] if possible as he is looking to you for it. No [???] here Write to me Give all the [???] Yours Truly Johnson [???]