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California H636 Geo. M. Hanson San Francisco, Cal Nov 4, '69
Reply to office letter of the 3d inst. granting him leave of absence - stated the objects he had in view to accomplish by his visit to this City.
[[stamp]] RECEIVED AT THE INDIAN BUREAU OCT 20 1869 [[/stamp]]
OFFICE INDIAN AFFAIRS, NORTHERN DISCTRICT, CALIFORNIA San Francisco, Nov 7th 1862
Hon. Wm P. Dole
My Dear Sir. Thank you for your private letter of 3rd inst. and thank you for the leave of absence granted with the promise of paying $2 or 300 dols of my expense if no more.
If I thought my presence would not be of material advantage to the Indian Service, in my Dist, I would certainly never ask the priviledge to go to Washington & be sea sick (as I always am) all the way.
But I confess, I have a great ambition to see the Indian Service improved upon in this state, and knowing you have your hands too full to devote personal attention to the service here; further than you can do in your reports &c. I feel that our Congress members will also have their hands full, & may not be able to devote much time in explaining matters to the committees & other members of Congress, so as to succeed in the principal matters so important to be done at this session of Congress if ever done. & you are fully aware that no person is so well calculated
calculated to explain the condition of things here as I am.
The importance of reducing the Reservations from 4 to 2 & thereby curtailing much of the expense, also of selling the other two Reservations and applying the proceeds to the payement of claims for lands & improvements in the Smith River & Round Valley Reservations & the removal of all white men beyond the bounds of the Reservations which I propose having enlarged. Maps of which I have already prepared to take with me. Add to this the great necessity of at least one appropriation to enable me to stock the two reservations sufficiently with cattle hogs teams & tools so that the increase of the two former will supersede the necessity of future purchases.
You will see from the enclosed scraps taken from papers I have been compelled to beg cast-off clothes for Indians or let them suffer. I suppose by the close of this year I will have in this way got some 3000 garments or nearly 1 garment for about half of those on the Res.
I hope our members of Congress will be in time with their bills.
Very truly yrs &c G. M. Hansen
P.S. I look for Mr. Bryson tomorrow