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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

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