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Senate Chamber Washington, March 3rd/61
Sir: In consequence of the remote distance, some 400 miles, from the place of purchasing supplies &c to the Indian Reservations in Southern California, I am satisfied no Superintendent can get along without a Clerk, who can be paid out of the contingent fund for support of Indians in Cal.
I respectfully enclose Supt. Rightmire's letter & hope you will grant his request
Yr obt Sert Milton S. Latham
Hond Comr of Indian Affairs W.C.
Office Supt Agt S. D. Cal. San Francisco Cal Feby 1, 1861
Hon A. B. Greenwood Commissioner Indian Affairs
Sir I have this day filed my Bond with the U.S. Dist Attorney and am about to enter upon the duties of Supt Agt for the Southern Indian District of California.
In view of the requirements, as set forth in my instructions from the Department demanding that the greater portion of my time shall be passed in visiting and superintending the organization and development of my District, taken in comnation with the necessities of a careful performance of the current business of my office I have respectfully to request to be allowed to employ a Clerk at a salary not to exceed One Hundred and fifty Dollars per month. As no provision is made for such an employee in my instructions I have deemed it advisable to lay
the matter before the Commissioner feeling confident that a full knowledge of the necessities of the case will warrant him in granting the request.
Considering the ruling prices of labor in this State I am convinced it will be out of my power to secure the services of competent laborers to reside upon Reservations, at the rate of pay allowed them in my instructions Viz $50 pr month. I have therefore to request that I may be allowed to issue rations to them, which in addition to their pecuniary allowance, will make their pay equal to their demands.
I shall indeavor to keep the department fully advised of my movements from time to time.
I remain Sir Very Respectfully Your Obdt Svt A D Rightmire Supt Agt S D Cal