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San Francisco Cal Octr 9/58
In the year 1855 I purchased for and sold to Col T. J. Henley, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Several articles of merchandize for the Indian Service — Some of which were damaged and unfit for use. I bought them at auction, according to a Catalogue, and told Col Henley previous to bidding for them, that they were of little or no value, He said they would do well enough for the Indians. Know that several of the articles so purchased never were delivered to the Indians, and were never sent to any of the Reservations. These transactions took place in Sacramento, at the request of Col Henley. I signed a number of blank printed Vouchers — six or eight — and never afterwards saw them. There was no writing in them but my name. He said they would be filled up at the Office according to form. I supposed the form might be important in the Adjustment of Accounts, and thought it was all right. Having afterwards heard of some transactions of Col Henley, which gave me reason to doubt whether this was the true object, I addressed a letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, on the 16th of Octr 1856, asking to be furnished with the amount of money paid me for merchandize during the year 1855. I never received an answer to my letter, although it was duly mailed The whole amount of money actually received by me for goods purchased of and by me for the Indian Service, during the year 1855, and for which I signed the aforesaid blank Vouchers, was as follows; 1855 February for Barley $136.60 1855 February for Oats $180.00 1855 Apl 23d and 26 Bills of Hardware $425.01 1855 May 21st wagon, timber, axles & augers $175.00 1855 July 8th hardware $200.00 1855 Novr 12 Empty blls [barrels] for fish $50.00 $1,166.61
I never bought for or Sold to Col Henley or any other person connected with the Indian Service, during the year
1855 any blankets or clothing or any oxen or horses. If such articles are put on the vouchers signed by me, it is entirely without my knowledge or consent, and I disclaim any such transactions. I never received $6,238.14 for goods or merchandize purchased of or by me for the Indian Service; never received more than $1,166.61 the amount above stated during the year 1855. After the above transactions in 1855, I had no business connection with Col Henley of any kind till July 1857. Since that date I have purchased some goods for him, but have always seen the vouchers before signing them. I receive my commission from the merchants of whom I buy the goods. Have bought during the period from July 57 to the present date to the amount of twenty three hundred and eighty five dollars 81/ ($2,385.81) as expressed in the Vouchers signed since then. Viz:
Cash received of Col T. J. Henley 1857 July 14th for Window Sash gunny bags sewing machine, dry goods hardware and groceries $987.39 1857 Octr 26 Tobacco dry goods and hardware $859.96 1857 Nov 14 Brogan Shoes $131.00 1858 Jan 25th Groceries $75.00 1858 April 23d Hardware &c $332.46 $2,385.81
Col Henley took offence at me in 1855 for saying I had signed blank vouchers for him, and did not permit me to sell him any goods from November 1855 to July 1857. Since then I have received from him the above amount $2,385.81 — making altogether inclusive of all my transactions with the Indian Department $3,552.42 but he has been careful and suspicious since July 57, and the amount has been filled in each Voucher
before signing. At the urgent request of Col Henley, I went to his office yesterday October 8th and signed a paper to the effect that during the past three years, ie Since November 1855, all my transactions with him had been correct and proper; but I expressly refused to extend my certificate beyond that date, although urged to do so, alleging as a reason that I had never seen the vouchers previously signed by me, and could not of course tell whether they were correctly filled or not. It is my belief that the reason why the Vouchers submitted to me for my signature since July 1857 were filled was that Col Henley suspected from what I had said about the other vouchers, that I could not be made an instrument of and would not subserve his purposes.
Subscribed and sworn to as a correct and true statement by the said Saml Youngs before me this 9th day of Octr 1858
E V Joice, Notary Public
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The United States To R. K. Dodge Dr.
April 1st 1857 72697 lbs. Potatoes @ 3¢ $2,180.91
Received at Mendocino Ind. Reservation 1857 of H. L. Ford, Sub. Ind. Agent Two thousand one hundred eighty 91/100 dollars, in full of this account. $2,180.81 R. K. Dodge
I certify, on honor, that the above account is correct and just, and that I have actually, this first day of April 1857 paid the amount thereof H. L. Ford