California M 180 J.Y. McDuffie San Francisco, Cal. January 23, '60
Reports his having visited the Kalamath Mendocino and Nome Lackee Indian Reservations and his exertions in connection with the Agents to obtain the best results with the limited means at his disposal -- increase of the number of Indians on the Mendocino, provision made for their subsistence etc -- also ref. to depredations committed upon citizens of Butte County in 1852
Recd Feb 24, '60
Law & Finance & [hf?]
Office Supt. Ind Affairs San Francisco Cal January 23 1860
Hon. A.B. Greenwood Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Sir: I have the honor to report that since the Commencement of the last quarter, I have visited the Klamath Mendocinos & Nome Lackee Indian Reservations, and have forwarded as far as Lay within my power, the efforts being made by the Agents & Sub Agents to secure the best results from the limited means now allowed them.
In consequence of the Indian war undertaken by the State Authorities, I have been compelled to provide for a much larger number of Indians on the Mendocino Reservation than was anticipated in my estimates for the place. [The?] number captured or taken from their homes and transported to this place by the State forces, has exceeded one thousand; and at Nome Lackee Agent Geiger has received two hundred & fourteen. Immediately upon learning the destinations of these people, I proceeded to Mendocino, and superintended in person their permanent establishment, having just shipped from this City provisions sufficient to meet their immediate wants.
The condition of these unfortunate
people on their arrival at the Reservations was miserable in the extreme: having suffered from the unavoidable exposure attending a sea voyage, much sickness had been contracted among them, & disease was lurking in their systems made its appearance in the most revolting forms.
Every exertion has been made to contribute to their comfort & contentment, and I am led to anticipate the most favorable results from the efforts of the Agents & Employees under whose charge they are.
As I have before stated in my correspondence with the Department, I have declined to opine any responsibility [on?] account of the transportations of these Indians, and have positively declined to pay any debt contracted on their account out side of the Reservations.
My Report regarding the depredations committed upon the Citizens of Butte County in the year 1852 by Indians, has already been transmitted to the Department. The evidence adduced confirms the fact that losses were sustained by Citizens in this County during that year, but the only claim presented was that of Mr. John Bidwell, which was reported favorably upon by me. Other claims exist, which will without doubt be presented, but as further investigation in this premises will make