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Thos J. Henley San Francisco, Cal. September 19, '61
Protests against a certain receipt given by Suptg Agt Dreibelbis to Agt. Geiger for horses, Oxen & Mules, on his (Henley's) property return (2d Qr. 1859) and asks investigation
Recd Oct 19, '61 A copy of the within letter, with letter of instructions has been transmitted to Supt Agt G. M. Hanson, Yuba City Nov 4th 1861
San Francisco Cal September 19th 1861
Sir; At the time of my retiring from the Office of Sup't of Indian Affairs for this State, I had on my Property Return, (see 2d Qr 1859) 1288 Cattle, 21 horses, 20 Mules, and 19 Oxen which had not been turned over to my successor. A portion of these cattle, and all the other property was at the Nome Cult Indian Farm, within the limits of the Agency assigned to V. E. Geiger the local Agent at Nome Lackee.
When J. A. Driebbelbis late Supt of the Northern District, retired from Office, I requested him to receipt to me for this property, but to my surprise I soon after learned that he had already receipted for a portion of it, to wit: The horses, Oxen and Mules, to Agent Geiger, who in turn received a receipt for it from Majr Hanson the present
present Superintending Agent for the Northern District of California. This receipt was improperly given by Mr Driebbelbis for reasons which I cannot comprehend, and I hereby protest against allowing Mr Geiger a credit for it in the settlement of his accounts, and respectfully request the Department to instruct Majr Hanson or Dr White Special Agent of the Department to investigate the facts of this case and report them to your office — that you may be enabled to determine justly whether Mr Geiger or myself is intitled to the credit for this Stock.
Very respectfully Your Obt Svt Thos. J. Henley Late Supt Ind Affs
To Commissioner Indian Affairs Washington City D.C.