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OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA.
Yuba City Oct 21st 1861
Hon Wm P Dole
Sir It has now been nearly five months since I took the oath of office, and assumed the duties as Superinteng Agent of Indian Affairs for the Northern District of California and owing to the dilapidated condition of things in general connected with the Indian department in this district, I have been necessarily compeled to travel the most of the time, and as best I could procure temporary supplies for destitue Indians for the various Reservations. Also farming tools &c. In view of the Rainy and Winter season which is now upon us, and in connection with the duties appertaining to my office, I have had the honor frequently, to remind your department that I have not had one dollar from the United States Treasury up to this day to operate upon. But have been compeled to borrow money on my own account to pay Expenses; furnish supplies &c, rather than suffer the cause prostrated and utterly ruined. And would I beg leave once more in view of these facts as well as others to [too] numerous to mention to unfortunately solicit some aid to the suffering & sinking cause in my
district as signified in my three requisitions I have had the honor to forward to your department, otherwise I would at least be pleased to know when I can look for the same and thereby quiet my employees and others who I know are in much need of the money. I have also frequently addressed you in regards to the property of the government retained & much of it disposed of by my predecessors Henley, Geiger, & others; which no doubt in my mind has been reported to your department as "expended in the service". No papers whatever having been turned over to me I therefore can only know these facts from clouds of witnesses informing me about the property. It is desirable on on my part to have instructions in the premises. Owing to the concentration of all most all kinds of business in Sanfrancisco; the nearness of the same to all my reservations; besides all the supplies coming by or through that city, then taken up the coast and various kinds by steamer and also my colleagues office being in that city where we can consult upon the best interest of the entire service throughout the state, I have determined (with your consent) to change and permanently locate my office in Sanfrancisco where should it meet your approbation you will hereafter address me.
I have the Honor to be your obt servant G. M. Hanson Supt Ind N. D. Cal