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Geo. M. Hanson San Francisco, Cal. May 2, '62
States he has received the stolen Jack and has him in possession — recommends raising mules for the Indian Service — Supr. Bryson writes encouragingly rel. to the Indn Reservation — loss of cattle &c
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[stamp] RECEIVED AT THE June 2 1862 INDIAN BUREAU
OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA. San Francisco, May 2nd 1862
Hon Wm P. Dole
Sir, I am happy to inform you, that I have recovered the stolen Jack [male donkey], which I offered a reward for, and which belonged to the U.S.; he is now in my possession & is said to be worth some $2,000.
One of his legs is injured & I will place him under care of a good Farier for treatment, and will await your instructions in regard to what disposition to make of him. He was originally purchased by Col. T. J. Henley with two others for the indian Service in this State, one of the others died, & the other Col. H. claims as his own; (thus I am informed.)
There had been a large band of mares on the Nome Lackee Reserve, and the object was to raise mules for the use of the several Reservations, which was a good plan & should have been carried out. But it seems McDuffie who succeeded Henley made a sale of all the mares.
And now we should either purchase
purchase others and go on to raise mules for the indian Service, or sell the Jack; I would advise the raising of all our own mules, (for they are of more value to the indian Servise than other animals,) provided we had money to buy the mares with, which mares would do much good service in farming, as well as rear mule colts. But I shall await instructions in the primises. But remember, our present teams are nearly all on the superanuated list.
I am just in a receipt of a letter from Supervisor Bryson on the newly located Reservation at Smith River Valley, he writes encouragingly, but the unusual wet winter & spring will prevent us from having good crops this year, and nearly half the cattle I learned, have either drowned or perished for feed this winter — I started to visit Nome Cult & Mendocino last week, but was taken with Rheumatism & had to return — but am better, & will resume the trip next week, when I will be able to know more about it. I sincerely hope Congress will not adjourn without an appropriation to secure Smith River & Round Valley all to the Ind. Service & sell the others.
Yrs truly Geo. M. Hanson Supt &c N. D.