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G. M. Hanson San Francisco, Cal March 20, '62 E
Enc. letter from Supervisor Bryson rel. to pay for his services as Clerk and to the new Reservation purchased by him (Hanson) and urges decision rel. to said Reservation, together with sundry claims made by his late predecessor &c
See letter Aug 13 1862 as to Clerk Answered Novr 11th 1862 as to Claims sent & Claims sent to Second Auditor same date.
[stamp] RECEIVED AT THE May 31 1862
OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA. San Francisco, March 20th 1862
Hon Wm P. Dole
Sir Enclosed please find a private letter from Supervisor Bryson forwarded to you by me at his request.
You will see by it, he served me as Clerk the first qr. from July to Sept. inclusive, and no money was sent or allowed him for said services; (& had been allowed since for my other Clerk) Surely his services were indespensible & he ought to be paid, and I hope in answer you will authorize me to pay him accordingly.
You will also observe, that he is delighted with the new reservation, purchased by me, subject to the decision of the Department & Congress, to which your attention was called particularly in my Special Report of Feb. last, and which I sincerely hope will receive a favorable consideration, for no "war appropriations" can be more important to the peace and quiet of California, than that which will secure at once a permanent residence of at least one half of the indians in my Dist. and where they will be contented & happy.
Should this opportunity pass to secure that Reservation, The whole of the tribes will be thrown out of a home, and the houses built for them this season; in said reservation (which will perhaps number from one to two hundred) together with the rents I am compelled to pay, (in the event of a failure to pay for the land & improvements) will amount to a very large sum of money, which would prove an entire loss to the Govt.
But should the Govt. pay for the lands, we shall at once have a home for the indians, where the Supervisor informs me the indians are now gathering to & many of their own accord.
Enclosed I also send you sundry unpaid claims, made under my predecessor, certified to by his Supervisor — not one dollar has been paid by him to the employees during the term of his office and only one qr. paid to the employees on the other reserves as they inform me. I also enclose his letters to his supervisor, at Klamath showing clearly that he willfully avoided turning over money & property of Govt. to me, and planned to keep himself & employees in office as long as possible.
Very truly your obt Sevt G. M. Hanson Supt. Ind Affs & N Dc
P.S. I feel sure my predecessor had funds sent to him to pay these claims & more but did not do it. I cannot recommend the payment only to 1st July 1861 at which time I placed my men in charge (Read Dribbelbis letter)
OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA. H440 Crescent City Feby 14th 1862 Smith River Valley California
Hon Wm P Dole, Comr of Indian Affrs Washington City
Dr sir I have been engaged in the Indian service in California sinse last July I served as Clerk to the Superintending Agent Mr Hanson one quarter, and then changed places with W. W. Craddock, and went in charge of the Klamath Ind Reservation, and have sinse learnd that no appropriation was made for the pay of Clerks. I infer however it will be provided for and that I will not loose my time.
When I came to the Klamath Reserve I found it a beautiful little garden spot but too small and too far out of the way even to be suited to the purposes of an Ind Reservation, and a place which I think has
allways been over estimated, but be that as it may, the recent overflow of the Klamath River has resulted in the entire destruction of the reservation from one end to the other having carried away all the buildings fencing grain and Indian feed, as well as the Soil or Surfice of the land, leaving nothing but bed rock and Cobble Stones, on one half of the improved land, and the remainder banked up with white sand, which will render it barren and unproductive as a dessert for all future time. Under these circumstances the Superintending Agent as it would not do to let the Indians remain there and die and means of subsistence could only be got to them at exorbitant prices, has taken the responsibility of removing them to Smith River Valley where they can be subsisted much cheaper than on the reservation. And has contracted with the citizens of said valley for all their lands with good improvements subject to confirmation by the propper authorities with a view to establishing there an Indian Reservation. Smith River Valley is located in the extreme north west corner of California adjacent to the Oragon line and on the coast of the Pacific, it is a beautiful and fertile valley well improved, having fishing and hunting grounds in abundance and seemingly every other facility required for an Indian Reservation. And the estimated amount which the lands is put in would verry little more than pay for the improvements allready made, there being no Staple market for the products of the valley and the people all involved, and want to go to the new mines, is the reason why it is offerd so low
Government will never have another opportunity of providing for the Indians of Northern California, on a basis so permenant and so cheap, and I deem it one of the most desirable objects that could be accomplished by the Indian