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Office Fresno Indian Agency Cala December 27th 1860
Sir, Having no notice from the Supt'g Agent S. D. Cala, that the accounts of this Agency for the last fiscal year, with the Explanations there unto appended, have been forwarded to the Department at Washington, and being told recently, that, He had resigned his Office as Sup'g Agent, and here on account of ill health, on the eve of leaving this State, for the Atlantic States. Without having, received, as I understand, and as I know without having advanced, for the support of this Agency, or for the payment of the Agents salary, One dollar, of the appropriation for the present fiscal year. It is believed to be my privilege and my duty, in the name of the just rights and interest of the creditors of this agency, as carriers of information, to forward to the Department a copy of said Explanations, and urge the necessity & propriety of an early adjustment & settlement of the accounts for the last fiscal year, ending 30th June 1860.
It is with no little degree of anxiety, that I have to hope that those accounts will be considerd and acted on at the very earliest convenience, so as to prevent them from falling into the hands of prejudiced Officers, for adjustment & settlement, after the change of Administration.
Thereto the accounts of this agency for the
for the last fiscal year, not have been examined and my fate awarded, before the receipt of this letter I have to ask in the name of Justice, before the distribution of any more funds, that the whole amount, three thousand (3000) dollars for the support of this Agency, during the fiscal year ending 30th June 1860, Out of the fifty thousand (50,000) dollar appropriation Will be compared with the current allowd other Reservations of less importance, and two others only, To Wit, Nome Lackee & Mendocino of more importance. Keeping in view at the same time, the Comparative counts of each.
It is Worthy of notice, that whilst the Northern Reservations and Agencies, have been enabled by good fortune to boast of almost inexaustable quantity of Corn, Wheat, Potatoes, every discription of vegetables and Fish, inmunurable, as well as plenty of Cattle & Sence Hogs, It was my misfortune, and the misfortune, of a large number of well desposed "digger Indians" these can be found on any other item they two above mentioned Reservations, to be placed on a farm where comparatively nothing could be made to Grow, during a series of some five successive un-usually dry seasons, during the grater portion of which time, the Support of this Agency was entirely dependant on the purchase of supplies. The last two and a half years without any credit, on the faith of the Department, and but little means furnished.
Since the account of the present fiscal year, commencing the first day of July 1860, Blackness, Gloom &
and Suspence, has prevaled. Nothing advanced nor nothing promised, so far as I have been enabled to learn, Other than the Secretary of Interior. Instructions, to Supt. Jas. Y. McDuffie, "That when he discharged his agents and Sub agents, He would notify them to send in their accounts for settlement". My accounts though small are ready for submission & settlement, but alass, I know not to whence I shall present them. I have been continued in Office, or rather, Let alone in Office, un-instructed and unaided, with a large amount of Government property in my possession, cared for at my own individual expence, untill my pecuniary position is rather unpleasant.
Hoping that this strange state of financial affairs cannot much longer exist, and hoping that Ere this letter is received in Washington, the money due the creditors of this agency for supplies long since furnished, will be on the way to the Office of the US Treasury, for the payment of those accounts.
I have the honor very respectfully to Remain Your Most Obdt M. B. Lewis Sub Ind Agent
To Charles Mix Esqr Acting Comr Ind Affs Washington City DC.
Office Fresno Ind Agency Cala October 18th 1860
Sir Accompanying herewith is respectfully submitted for your consideration and for the consideration of the Comr of Indian Affairs. Vouchers, for the amount advanced for the support of the Fresno Indian Agency the fiscal year commencing the 1st day of July 1859, ending 30th June 1860, inclusive, with corresponding Property returns, Abstracts of disbursement, Certificate of Issue, and Account Current, Showing the sum total of expenditures and the balance due the Creditors of this agency, and Vouchers not reciepted, To Wit — Numbers 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 21 &, 22 first quarter ending 30th September 1859. Showing the excess of Supplies purchased Service rendered and balance due thereon, for the Support of this agency during said quarter When footed up — with the Vouchers receipted correspond with the, Property Return, Abstract of disbursement Account Current and Certificate of Issue. Thus making up & submitting the accounts for the fiscal year in question, as I understand agreeable to the Regulations of the Department.
It will be seen that the sum total, 3054.26 dollars expended during the quarter in question, exceed the amount One thousand (1,000) dollars allowed and advanced by the Supt. Ind. Affs. 2,056.26 dollars. On the