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Fresno County Nov. 15, 1861
M. B. Lewis late Indn Sub Agent E
Asks for settlement of his accounts for salary & expenses while acting sub agent for the Indians on the Fresno Reservation in California.
Recd Dec 18, '61
Refd to Comr Indn Affairs for appropriate action
Walter Smith Chf Clk
Dept y Tab Dec 17, 1861
Finance Mr Clark Mr White A Scraith
State of California Fresno County November 15th, 1861
Hon. Caleb B. Smith Sec of Interior
Dear Sir, I hope you will pardon me for calling your attention to a matter over which You have control. Notwithstanding other officials transact the business. Some 14 months since, after some considerable delay in the adjustment of the accounts necessarily made by me, for the support of the Fresno Indian Agency, I submitted the claims of the creditors to the inspection of Supt. J Y McDuffie, & Genl Walen, secret agent for the United States, in San Francisco. After a personal & satisfactory examination of the accounts, and the explanations appended there to, They was forwarded by said Supt. McDuffie to the Depart at Washington for settlement. Some 4 months after, I received notice that those accounts, had all been recieved at the Office of the Comr of Ind Affs, examined, passed & sent in to the 2nd Auditor for settlement, and that the money for the payment of those claims, (up to 30th June 1860) would be immediately remitted to San Francisco. Thus I had to hope was puting the whole matter in question, at rest, to the end of said fiscal Year. To Wit to the 30th June 1860, inclusive. After which time
After which time I continued in charge of the Government Property, discharging my duties as Sub Indian agent, untill the 15th day of March following 1861, inclusive eight and one half months, during which time, the unavoidable & necessary expence for the support of this agency amounted $1515.11. My salary added $1062.50, made a sum total of $2577.61. All of which amounts are from necesity setled by me as shown by formal rececped [receipted] vouchers. Which vouchers with corresponding abstracts of disbursement account currents &c, with full Explanations accompanying was delivered to A D Rightmire, then Superending agent for the Southern District of California, and by him forwarded to the department for settlement. Since months since I received notice, that those accounts have been received at the department, and was under going an examination. Since which time fearful of delay, owing to the deplorable condition of the Country, and us anxious of caling the attention of the department to the matter in question, I forwarded to the department a copy of former Explanations, and have had notice of their reception at the Office, with aprrise [apprise] that those accounts should have immediate attention. Notwithstanding, from some cause or other, The Creditors of the Fresno
Fresno Indian Agency, has not as yet received one dollar from the claims submitted to Supt. "McDuffie & Genl Walen", for expenditures, unpaid to 30th June 1860. The payments of which seems to have been as due some eight months since. Neither has there been any thing paid on my salary, for eight & one half months last service in the fiscal Year ending 30th June 1861, nor for the necessary expences incured for the support of the agency during the last period of time mentiond.
Would it be taxing your kindness too much to ask of You the favor to call the attention of the proper Officer in the Department to this long suspended matter, that may at earliest convenience be disposed of, and justice done men who have so long since contributed to the actual counts of this agency. The Crediters & myself have no other resort — but an appeal to the efficiency & duties of the Officers of the Indian Department in whose hands our intreats are placed.
I have the honor to be very respectfully Your most obdt Sert M. B. Lewis late Sub. Ind. Agt Fresno Agency