Feb. 5th 1860
Informs Lieut. Carlin cmdg [Commanding] Fort Brag that a squaw the wife of one Indian is being carried away against her own & husbands wishes by one Simpson, that neither Sub Agent no [nor] Dr. Ames was present; that Ray [Hazemeyer?] & Sherpal employees saw it done; that he reported to the latter, etc.
C 13. Dept Cal. Feb 13 1860
Fort Brag Cal Feb 6th 1860
Mr. Simpson, As two of the men who I understood were complainants against you for taking the squaw yesterday have not come as I requested them I shall not make further inquiry into the case at present; nor is it important to do so as the complaint made to me was sufficient to justify my [cause?]. And as my duty was accomplished when I delivered the squaw to the Agent and gave him the opportunity to proceed according to Law I have nothing further to do with this matter. The question whether or not you will be permitted to remove the squaw from the Reservation, rests with the Agent who is responsible in the case.
Very Respectfully Yr Obd Svt Signed W.P. Carlin Comdg.
Note. The men alluded to above were J.H. [Mannington?] and J. [Dimminghouse?] who were present when Simpson took the squaw and who joined with Mr. McPherson in denouncing the act. I attribute their refusal to come when I sent for them to the influence of the Indian Dept. Employees over them.
Signed W.P. Carlin 1st Lt 6th Infy.
HdQr Dept of Cal } San Francisco Feb 15, 1860 } A true Copy W W Mackall A A Genl [Assistant Adjutant General]
Fort Bragg Cal Feb 6th 1860
Sir I understood you last evening to say to me that when you first met Agent Ford (after I had arrested Simpson) he had stated to you that he was at the Bald Hill farm when Simpson arrived there with the squaw and that he observed the squaw was in distress and shedding tears; in consequence of which he had [stopped?] the squaw there before any guard apprehended Simpson and that he said further that he had the power of releasing Simpson from Custody at Bald Hill, but forbore to do so thinking the arrest would have a good effect. Will you please inform me if the above is a correct statement of the substance of Mr. Fords remark; and if not, please correct any errors of my statement. Please also endorse your reply on this Letter and resturn it to me.
Very Respectfully Your Obt Svt (signed) W.P. Carlin 1st Lt 6th Inf. Comdg Post.
To A.W. Macpherson (over)
The above note was delivered to Mr. McPherson who instead of replying to it, waited upon me in person and stated that his personal feelings towards Mr. Ford were such that he did not like to say or do anything that might injure him.
(Signed) W.P. Carlin 1st Lt. 6th Infy Comdg. Post
Head Quarters Dept of Cal. San Francisco Feb 15th 1860
A true Copy WW Mackall A.A. Genl [Assistant Adjutant General]
Office Supt Ind Affairs San Francisco Cal Feb 15, 1860 A true Copy J Y McDuffie Supt. Ind Affairs for Cal.
Enclosure Lt. W.P. Carlin 6th Inf. to A.W. Macpherson
3 C. 13 Dept Cal. Feb 13 1860