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Geo M. Hanson San Francisco, Cal Sep 22, '62
Advises of the removal of Indian prisoners collected at Humbolt Bay to Smith River Valley, of the insufficiency of supplies there and the destitute condition of the Indians as well as the necessity for remitting to him at once the remainder of the appropriation
Recd Oct 17, '62 Transferred to Finance Oct 18th/62 See Req. Nov 3, '62 for $33,325 in fav. of Supg Agent Hanson, Letter same date See Comrs remarks
Land & Fin
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA. San Francisco, Sept. 22nd 1862
Hon Wm P. Dole Coms. Ind Affs
Sir Having been requested by Brig. Genl. Wright, to take charge of the Indian Prisoners he had collected at Humbolt Bay, in Humbolt Co., I proceeded on the 5th Inst. to that point, and attended by a company of Troops, under command of Major Curtis, immediately removed 840 Indians on board the Steamer Panama, landing them at Crescent City, and thence by land 15 miles, to Smith River Valley, Del Norte Co, the proposed new Reservation, where I have a tolerable supply of the staple articles of food for Indians, on hand, which has been raised by Indian labor the present season, and altho' not enough to meet the demand until a new crop comes in, will go very far towards it, and whatever may be requisite, can be purchased from the Farmers in said valley, on better terms than at any other point in the Northern Counties of Cal.
The Troops under command of Major Curtis, consisting of nearly 2 full
companies, are stationed on a beautiful eminence, which has been named "Camp Lincoln", about halfway between Crescent City, and Smith River Valley, and are designed as a protection to both White people, and Indians; the former need have no apprehensions, if they will only keep away from the Indians, for which purpose, I have been mainly induced to ask military aid at this point.
There are now, over 2,000 Indians on the proposed Smith River Reservation, and those last removed, numbering 840, are all, nearly perfectly destitute of clothing, or a shelter, to protect them against the inclemency of approaching winter, whilst I am entirely without the necessary means to provide them with either, and under instructions not to contract any debts against the Govt. Situated as I am in this dilemma, you cannot but see the importance of placing funds in my hands, at the earliest possible period, as those remitted, (but not yet received) for the 1st & 2nd quarters of 1862, will not meet the demands for said quarters, by several thousand dollars, and from the length of time it requires, for remittances, and communications to reach this distant land, from Washington, I am admonished that there is but little time to be lost, for Winter, will soon make its appearance.
And now, I have earnestly to plead in behalf of the "Poor Indian", and most respectfully to solicit the remainder of the meagre appropriation, at your earliest convenience, and without delay.
I have the honor to be Your most Obet. Svt. Geo. M. Hanson Suptg Agt Ind. Affs N. Dist Cal.
H579 Land & Finance
[stamp] RECEIVED AT THE Oct 17 1862 INDIAN BUREAU
Let all the funds appropriated for Hansons Suptdcy go forward at once advising him that it is all that can be sent for the fiscal year Comr