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California S527 Col J. Steinberger San Francisco, Cal March 31, '62
States he has read the report of Doctor Elijah White to this office, and expresses his concurrence to the same — also recommends Doctor White for the position of Supervisor of the Indians on the Pacific Coast
Ansd May 13, 13th 1862 Entd
[stamp] RECEIVED AT THE Apr 26 1862 INDIAN BUREAU
Mr Ray Wait for (Commr)
San Francisco Cal 31st March 1862
Sir, At the request of Dr Elijah White I have read his report to yourself under date March and take pleasure in expressing my entire concurrence in his views as to the requirements of the Indian Department on the Pacific Coast.
The great distance that most of the Agencies are from the Head Quarters of the Superintendant, and the very great responsibility and power as disbursing officers that most of these subordinate officers have, it seems to me would alone demand some one general Supervisor or Inspector.
Official abuses and very
thing suspicious of venality has for some years been a [?t?] [?ity] in our section of this department for Indian affairs, and I think the officer recommended would hold a salutary check in the future.
I have know Dr White since 1850 and should the office he created, his knowledge of Indian character, zeal and earnestness would I feel sure make him a valuable public officer in this position.
Very Respy Your Obt. Servt Justin Steinberger Col U. S. Infy
Hon. Wm P. Dole Commission of Indian Affairs Washington D.C.