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OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA. San Francisco, June 19th 1862
Hon Wm P. Dole
Sir. I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated May 7th enclosing a copy of a letter from E. J. Whipple one of the employees on Mendocino Indian Reservation endorsed by E. White late Special Indian Agent, making sundry charges against me, viz: 1st That I refuse to pay one Leslie for nine months service as an employee or laborer under me. 2nd That I have not visited the Reservation at Mendocino since I came into office, and 3rd That I have not paid the employees, and refuse to pay them for but one quarter up to Sept 30th 1861, &c
It will suffice to say that my first report made in July last will show that I visited Mendocino, indeed I was there on the 3rd and 4th days of July, and placed Mr Whipple in Protem charge to take care of the government property until Mr Smith (the Supervisor) arrived. At that time I informed Mr Whipple that I would only employ 4 men on that Reservation, and wished him to remain as one until I could find a suitable "married man to take his place"; as to Leslie, I only
knew him as represented by Mr Whipple himself, an employee, who kept a squaw, and often slept in the Indian Houses with the Indians: I positively told Mr Whipple "every squaw man must leave", two of them, the old Supervisor and one of the laborers, I had to expel by the aid of U.S. troops, both of whom it was said "kept squaws". Only one employee at that point is necessary; one at Ball Hill and one at Cully Bull Farm.
I went again to Mendocino in January last with a portion of the goods you shipped here for the Indian service, but owing to the loss of Klamath Reservation and the then suffering condition of those Indians, I hurried to their relief and left Mr D. W. Smith the supervisor to issue the goods &c
In the month of April as you will have seen by my letter of May last, I made an effort to visit Mendocino again, but was suddenly attacked with Rheumatism and after getting within a short distance had to abandon the trip and send by a messenger. I have again sent Dr E. White to that reservation who has just returned, while I visited Nome Lackee and Nome Cult, the latter I reached through snow on the summit of the mountain ten feet deep.
Klamath I have visited twice, and Smith River only once, Nome Lackee 4 times and Nome Cult 4 times.
As to the payment of employees
it is true, they have not been paid to the full amount, but it will be borne in mind I was compelled to make purchases for destitute Indians, and had to borrow from the fund of the employees, including others, to pay for farming tools &c, in short you will see from my returns I have used no government funds for my own purposes whatever, but on the contrary have used my own funds and so have Messrs Bryson, Clark and others, to help on with the Indian service and build up the hitherto impaired credit of the Indian Department here. Now I can if I choose to do so purchase any amount on the credit of the Department, but the appropriation forbids such a thing, although the service needs it.
In conclusion I cannot recommend the payment of Leslie. I am aware that Mr Whipple (as he informed me himself) has made himself personally responsible for Leslie's wages, but two men should not be employed to do one man's work —
Very truly Your Obt Svt Geo. M. Hanson Suptg Agt Ind Affairs N. Dist California