Washington City: 14 Dec. 1860
I send here enclosed a letter from Howard of Sacramento relating to a claim he has for supplies furnished the Indians used in California.
Please examine & allow it if possible at an early date & return me the enclosed letter with your reply.
Yr Obt sevt Milton S. Latham
Hon A. B. Greenwood, Comr Indian Affairs W. C.
Sacramento Nov 24th 1860 Hon. M. S. Latham
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 Nome Lackee passed by the superintendent McDuffie and sworn to before a notary. Seventeen hundred & sixty nine dollars of the amount was for article that I bought for the government outside of my own business on which I could charge only a profit of 10%. I was assured by the agent that the money would be paid in 30 or sixty days, as the farthest the Governor had no credit with houses that kept these article and the Rexervation was very much in need of them. I consented to purchase them. They were furnished in Jany March April & May 1859. I have 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 beyond my comprehension. The result of the late election has reduced my finances so much in betting and spending money for the success of our
ticket 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 claim immediately, you will confer an obligation that I will not soon forget
Your friend truly James L. Howard
My dear Latham
I hope you will give this matter your immediate attention, as our friend Howard is in great need of the money and ought to have had it long ago.
Get Sam [Neals?] [appointment?] if possible as he is looking to you for it. No [??ise] here. Write to me give all the [news?]
Yours Truly Johnson Price