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California W515 J. P. H. Wentworth San Francisco, Cal Jan 2, '62 E

Reports the condition of the Indians on the Reservations — amount of remittances received by him and application of the same — rel. to provision for a Clerk — arrival of the Indian goods, their division and insufficiency — also their shortness when compared with invoices — recommends that they be purchased in future in San Francisco — arrangement of King's River Farm — his a/cs &c.

Answered — See letter of October 31st 1862.

Received Feb 17, 62 Ack Febry 19, 1862 as to deficiency in Invoices, and the wants of the Indians, relative to the selection of annuity goods

Fin & Lands

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Office Supt Agt S. D. Cal San Francisco, Cala January 2d, 1862

Hon Wm P. Dole Commissioner Indian Affairs Washington, D.C.

Sir, In submitting my report for the quarter ending 31st Dec 1861, I would again most respectfully call the attention of the Department to the two reports I had the honor of transmitting, (the first being the annual report of July 13th 1861, the last, the quarterly report ending 30th of Sept 1861,) the receipt of which, has never been acknowledged.

Since my last quarterly report was forwarded to the Department, I have had the honor of receiving two remittances, (one of $15,120.74, and another of $3,939.69, in the aggregate amounting to $19,060.43,) to be disbursed on a/c of old indebtedness, incurred during the administration of T. J. Henley Esqr, and embraced in the report of J. Y. McDuffie Esqr. Of the above amount, there remained on hand, uncalled for as yet, only about $1000, which amount, when expended, will be duly reported to the Department, and I trust, at an early period, to be able to render an account current of the same. I have also

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received one other remittance, amounting to $2,767, it being the amount of Requisition No. 5224, for the fractional portion of the fiscal year, ending June 30th 1861, with the exception of salary for Clerk, the same not being remitted, (as you inform me,) on account of their being no especial appropriation for that purpose. I would here most respectfully urge upon the consideration of the Department the importance of a permanent appropriation for Clerk hire, as I consider it highly beneficial, to the interests of the Department, that such employment should be made, in order to transact the business of the office properly. In accordance with your request as stated in your letter of Sept 14, 1861, I estimated for, and forwarded to your office, they cost of such employment from the 21st of May, to the 31st of Dec 1861, and I trust in presenting the same before Congress the appropriation may be made to embrace, (at the same rate,) the balance of the fiscal year, ending June 30th 1862. I have visited during the last quarter, several of the districts under my immediate charge, and regret that I cannot give a more flattering description of affairs as they at present exist upon the different Reserves, (for description of the different Reservations, I would refer you to my annual report,) my efforts for

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their advancement, having been somewhat retarded for want of the necessary funds to carry out my intended plans. The Supervisor on the Tejon Reservation, in his report to me writes: "The crops on the Reserve have been entirely neglected or willfully destroyed under the former government, and the Indians are in the most wretched and destitute condition for want of provisions; To put our mill in order will require an appropriation of at least $1,000. There are also required for this farm some good 'mares', and a Jack, as the stock is all very old, and in a few years will be entirely worthless — cattle and sheep are also needed, there are none at present upon the Reserve," I will here add that the above extract will apply to all the Reserves embraced within my jurisdiction, and it was for the purpose of counteracting, (as far as my limited means would allow,) the neglect thus entailed upon the Reservations, that I visited them at this time. I have made arrangements for planting this season, a crop of at least 300 acres of barley and wheat upon each, the Tejon and Tule River farms, and now have reason to believe my efforts will be crowned with success, notwithstanding the disadvantages under which I have labored. I am pleased to say that my every effort put forth for the benefit of the

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Indians, have been most warmly seconded by them, they always appearing desirous to render me every assistance in their power. I did not extend my tour of inspection as far as I intended when I left San Francisco, (on the 22d of Oct,) as I found upon arriving at the Reservations just mentioned, that owing to the season being so far advanced, it was necessary to devote my time especially to the putting in of the crops, my funds were also getting low, consequently I had to defer my visit to the tribes of Indians residing in the most Southerly portion of the State; but I am happy to inform you that they have been reported to me as peaceably disposed, and if not perfectly contented with the manner in which former agents have provided for their necessities, yet are now inclined to believe that Govt is sincere in its professions of friendship; having heard of the arrival of the Govt goods intended to be distributed amongst them, I fear, however, that they are doomed to a bitter disappointment, as their real wants, and the extent of them, can never be clearly ascertained or provided for, by purchases made in the Atlantic States.

The goods shipped from New York on the 20th of last June, for the Indians of Oregon, Washington Territory and California, arrived

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