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Geo M Hanson Yuba City, Cal. Sept 21, '61
Enc. letter from A. L. Downer rel. to roving Indians in Shasta County and remarks respecting the necessity of placing the Indians on Reservations — Also wants instructions in regard to the division of the goods for the two Districts — Asks to be informed why Supt. Wentworth is authorized to pay out some $15,000 in his (Hansons) District
Recd Oct 19, '61 See letter Decr 2d 1861 See letter &c JPH Wentworth December 2/61
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OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA.
Yuba City Sepr 21st 1861
Hon Wm P. Dole
Sir; Enclosed you have a fair sample of letters I am receiving every week or oftener from different parts of the State, and it also gives a true character of the "Wars" so much alluded to in the newspapers. I beg leave to repeat it, give us money & you will find no use here for Special Peace Agents — But the want of money to remove the indians compells me to let them remain;
Please to say to each Mr (Wentworth & myself,) what portion of the goods you shipped have each of us are to have, for we cannot agree, for I
contend that they should be divided according to the number of indians on each reservation, and that the goods should never be given to those who refuse to come & live on the reserves. But my colleague Mr Wentworth thinks they should also be "given to Indians off the Reserves". Even at that, there are three if not five times as many in the N. Dist. I refer you to the reports of former Agents &c. Please fix upon the division, & so instruct us both for we cannot agree ourselves.
I am as ever yr obt. Sert. Geo M Hanson Suptg Agt Ind Affs Nr Dis
P.S. Why is it? (say the old employees in the Northern District) that, the Superintendent (Wentworth) of the Southern Dist. is directed by the department to pay out some $15,000 in Hansons district North? I would not object to be informed myself? I hope nothing insidious was intended H
Shasta Sept 16th 1861
Geo. M Hanson Esq Supt. Ind. Affairs &c
Dr Sir I take the Liberty to inform you that in Shasta County there are say 1000 to 1500 Indians leading a miserable roving life, and becoming vagabonds and a curse to themselves and the American inhabitants, many of them were a few years ago placed at Nome Lackee Reservation, but were treated so inhumanely that they left. They find much trouble to eke out a miserable existance are very troublesome to the community have been stealing stock & shooting stock owners and citizens of the County have in consequence turned out within a few days and slaughtered some of the Indians. The Grand Jury for the County were in session last week, and the matter was about being brought before them, happening myself to be the Foreman of this Grand Jury they agreed waive the matter for the present, upon my arguing to write