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[stamp] RECEIVED AT THE Feb 6 1862 INDIAN BUREAU

California W508 E. White San Francisco, Cal January 7, '62 E

Enc. correspondence with Supt. Agt. Hanson rel. to his herding cattle [cut off] the Nome Lackee Reservation — the loss of [cut off] by a Snow Storm [cut off] letter from Supt [cut off] rel. to the Ind [cut off] his Supere'y

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San Francisco Jany 7th 1862

Hon Wm P. Dole Com. Ind. Aff's

Sir:- Enclosed, I send you a copy of a letter I addressed to Supt. Hanson, and, his reply. The circumstances leading to this correspondence, were as follows. Happening in Wentworth's office, some four days since; he remarked to me, "Hanson says those herds lost in the snow storm belonged to government, and not to him; the loss was not his." — An hour after I met Mr. Swift, late Supervisor of Sonoma Co. and he accosted me, and said — "Doctor, I just saw Mr. Hanson, and his travelling Agent, Mr. Clark, and as I was speaking of his painful loss, by reason of the heavy snow-storm, Mr. Clark replied the loss was not Mr. Hanson's:- no; said Mr. Hanson, the cattle belonged to the Indians; the loss is a public one — This makes it necessary for me to go back and explain. On my arrival here in Sept., some evil minded persons told me Mr. Hanson had a thousand; or more

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of his Son-in-law's cattle on the Nomo Lackee Reservation, and had by Posters warned every body else to keep off their sheep, and herds, of all discription. I broke this to Mr. Hanson, through a friend of his and mine; and was assured it was a slander, and unworthy of any attention. Hearing much said, and from those who ought to know the facts, and not being able to engage Mr. Hanson's company to attend me, I resolved to know the truth, & launched forth to learn it. On reaching Round Valley or Nomo-Cult Station, I learned Mr. Hanson was sending in 300 head of cattle, and they were hourly expected. This I learned without inquiry, from the Supervisor, and regretted it much, as the feed was short; and the Reservation herds thin in flesh. In passing from this reserve to Nomo Lackee the next day, I passed and noticed these herds attentively. They were cows and calves, with a few yearlings; and looked as might be expected from the season of the year and two days march in the mountains without feed; lean, & lank,

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and as though they required care to get them over the mountains. The man in charge, said, there was but a hundred and eighty eight (188) in number. The next day I reached Nomo-Lackee Station, and learned from Capt. Alender, (Mr Hanson's son-in-law) what I presume were the facts in the case.

Mr Hansen had placed Capt. Alender on the Reservation as Supervisor, in June last, and gave him permission to place his herds on the Reserve, for pasture, where they remained till October; when Mr. Hanson traded a valuable homestead in Yuba City, for the entire herd, excepting fifty head of steers, which are still with him on the Reserve. I told him I much regretted the herds having come on the Reservation, as there was quite a handle made of the matter, especially as posters had been placed up, as I was told, to keep off others. He said, that was ordered by Mr. Hanson. On seeing Mr. Hanson a few days after, and speaking of several pleasant things, observed in my visits at the Reserves, in connection, I took occasion to say, I regretted the circumstance, in relation

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to the herds, — was sorry on many accounts that he allowed any to be sent on to the Reservations, except such as belonged to the government, as it gave occasion for harsh remarks, and I was apprehensive of evil consequences growing out of it. He made reply, that he was not sorry, people might say what they pleased, he had a right to do it; and he would fill the Reservations with cattle if he liked, and if others did not like it, they might lump it. Seeing he was a little nettled, I dropped the subject and introduced another. Perhaps an hour after he said, Doctor; I am strongly thinking of buying a handsome herd of cattle as they are now so low, and sell to the government another year. The next I heard through the news paper, was that Hanson had lost 300 head of cattle, in passing over the mountains, from Nomo-Lackee, to Round Valley Reservation.

The facts are, as I learn, that Mr. Hanson did allow his son-in-law to pasture his herds on the Reservation, for some four or five months, and then said Son-in-law, sold the major part of them, to Mr. Hanson

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