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California L399

M. B. Lewis Fresno Ind. Agency Feb 13, '61 Entd

Explanations and affidavit concerning his a/cs for the 2d Qr. 1859

Original 2 copies recd

Recd March 18, '61

Fin - Grayson

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Office Fresno Indian Agency Cala November 26th 1860

To, Charles E Mix Esqr Acting Comr Ind Affs

Sir Your letter of the 11th ulto, accompanying the exceptions taken during the examination of the accounts of Sub Agent M. B. Lewis, Fresno Agency, for 2nd quarter 1859, has been received and the Exceptions taken duly considered, and in reply thereto, I have the honor to submit herewith inclosed for your information, and for the consideration of the department, the depositions of Messrs L. G. Hughes, John McLeod, Gomer Evans, George Griesesser, and Lewis Leach, Gentleman of known good standing in this section of Country, and fully responsible for any statement, or deposition made by them, as evidence conclusive, that the statements made, by Agent J. Ross Browne in the Office of the Commissioner of Indian Affs at Washington &c, To the effect that said L G Hughes, Gomer Evans, Lewis Leach and others, did during the 2nd quarter ending 30th June 1859, Sell and deliver goods and produce to Indians on orders from Fresno, at their own discretion, not in the presence of Agent Lewis or, an Employee, authorized to receive goods or supplies, Was on the part of said Agent Browne, gratuitous, and fals

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Gratuitous and fals, also that no such privelege nor practice was resorted to in the delivery of goods or supplies by said Merchants, as a feresaid [aforesaid] during the entire fiscal year ending 30th of June 1859.

All of Which is Very respectfully, Submitted by, Your most Obdt M. B. Lewis Sub Ind Agt

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Office Fresno Indian Agency Cala February 13th 1861

Hon A. B. Greenwood Commissioner Indian Affs

Sir,

Allow me the honor, in answer to your letter of the 16th January last 1861, directed to the Hon. Wm M Gwin, pertaining to the suspension of the vouchers of "Lewis Leach L G Hughes and others" to submit herewith for your information, by way of an Explanation, the material portion of my letter of Explanation under date of the 26th November last 1860, directed to Hon. Charles E Mix Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in reply to his letter of the 11th October last 1860, notifying this office of the suspension of the vouchers of L. G. Hughes, Lewis Leach, Gomer Evans, Hunt & Co, &c for the 4th quarter of the fiscal year ending 30th June 1859. Which letter from this Office accompanied the depositions of five (5) respectable citizens residents of this county, reflecting the statements made by Government Agent J Ross Browne in the office of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington causing the suspension of the vouchers aforesaid, and the following additional Explanations and deposition, To Wit, My first acquaintence made

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Made with, J Ross Browne as Government Agent was in a visit made by him to the Fresno Farm accompanied by the Hon E. P. Hart new Register of the land Office at Visalia, on or about the 26th day of January 1858.

After he agent Browne had made known his business I exibited to him for inspection all papers, and vouchers askd for with seemingly satisfactory explanations, among other inquiries made by him was, If I had given Indians orders for the delivery of goods, to which inquiry, I replied I had, not stating to him at what time I had done so. He asked me if I was not fearful that the Indians might be imposed on in the delivery of the goods. I replied that I would purchase goods nor supplies from no men that I could believe would impose on an Indian in the delivery of a few goods, or words to that amount. I did not tell Agent Browne, that I had ever given an order to an Indian for goods, that was delivered to him or them (the Indians) at the discretion of the Merchant or vendor of supplies. At which time I should have explained to Mr Browne, and would have done so, If I had supposed at that time that it was necessary. That it had been my custom in all cases when actually necessary to purchase supplies for the subsistance for Indian Tribes living at a distance from the Fresno Farm, On the application of their Chief, or Captain to dispatch with them the (party of Indians) Either the Clerk or Farmer of the agency to the place of purchase

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