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California H282

Geo M. Hanson Yuba City Aug 19, '61

Submits statement rel. to the difficulties encountered by him in receiving the public property & enquires in relation to cattle and Jack Asses belonging to the Indian Service

Recd Sept 17, '61 Col. Goin 17 - Finance File Fin - Gowan

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OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA.

Yuba City Aug 19th 1861

Hon. Wm. P. Dole

Sir Having just returned from a third visit to the Nome Lackee and Nome Cult or Round Valley reservations, and still unable to send to you a full property return untill it fully suits the time and pleasure of my predecessor Mr (Dribelbis), who is now on his way to the Klamath reservation, to settle with his employees and take another list of the property, which I obtained in full by my own inspection from his supervisor Mr George Terrell in the month of June last, and tendered Mr Dribelbis a recpt for the same

I have thought proper to lay before you some facts which have come to my notice during my absence at those reservations and my actions on the premises

On my second arrival at Round Valley, I found Mr Dribelbis and Thomas J Henley late superintendant at that place awaiting my arrival, such of the property as my predicessor had taken possession of at that place he immediately turned over to me. Henley asking the privilege to do so himself saying "he had never been receipted for it by any one of his successors" — of these statements I could learn nothing from either books or papers

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no papers or coppies of any former transactions whatever has been shown or delivered to me, hence I will be unable to learn anything officially pertaining to the acts of my predecessors in conniction with the purchase and disposition of property &c, except it be obtained at your office. by all that I can learn from outsiders and employees who have been in the service; much of the Government property is yet in the possession of old officials, or has been disposed of by them

For instance, wagons and animals well known to have been purchased for the Government are now in the hands of ex officials

Three large and valuable Jacks which it is said was purchased by T J Henley the ex suptd for the indian reservations, are now accounted for as follows

Old employees say "Henley claimed one as his own private property — and his son took charge of him; after a while he died and then Henley took one of the others and reported the dead one as expended in the Indian service. He has the other one yet worth in this state $2,500. The third one equally valuable seems to have been left by V. E. Geiger in charge of one Titus an old employee at Nome Lackee, and was strangely spirited away one night during the past winter. I think it advisable to offer a reward for him, that he may be found

I would be pleased to know how many Jacks Henley purchased for the US I suppose his vouchers will show Henley told me while in Round Valley that he had

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Six Hundred head of wild cattle purchased by him in 1857 from one Jerome Davis for the US, and had been ever sinse that time herded 30 or 40 miles from the Round Valley Reservation, under a contract, that he said Davis was to have all the increase for herding services, and that said contract expired last May, and he wished me to go and secure the 600 head and recpt to said Davis for them

I told him I would send over and secure any thing properly Government property — I done so by sending men to secure and brand them all with US. they sent sose [census] more young and small than they did old and large cattle and only 208 head of that. Hence I have determined to send for no more of them untill I am advised by your self in the premises. I am becoming fully convinced that there Is something ciderably rong connect with the cattle counts &c. Henley also claims a recpt for a band of wild cattle now on the reservation which he avers has never been turned over by him. Now I wish to be fully advised in regard to the settlement of all these matters as I can only form an opinion what I can hear & see around me — there are no papers to be found and I have had no Instructions touching these matters

I have the honor to be Very truly yours Geo. M. Hanson Supt Ind Affairs N Dist Cal

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