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here within the past month, in good order, and those intended for Oregon and Washington Territory, were reshipped to their place of destination three weeks since. Those provided for Cala, have just been divided, some of the goods in the cases and bales, falling short of the amount called for, while a large portion of the articles are not mentioned in the Invoice. In making purchases hereafter for the use of the Indians in this State, I would respectfully suggest that the Superintending Agents of Cala may be allowed the privelege of making their own purchases, as I am fully satisfied that it would not only be a great saving to the Govt, but a better article, and those particularly desired by the Indians, on this coast, could be purchased here at a much cheaper rate, not mentioning the cost of transportation, shipping and reshipping. San Francisco contains two Woolen Factories, where blankets of a very superior quality are manufactured, and as the fashions of the Indians frequently change, their taste could be consulted; in fact all the childish whims of the Indian can be gratified here, at San Francisco, to the fullest extent. With reference to the present Invoice just received, I am fearful that the small quantity shipped, to be distributed among so large a number of Indians, will occasion
jealousies and trouble very much to be deplored. In the Colorado Dist, (where the Indians are not located upon any Reserve, and where it is necessary to exhibit the friendship of the Government in a substantial manner, by the free and bountiful distribution of goods amongst the numerous wandering tribes there, sought to be reclaimed and brought under the immediate supervision of the Indian Agent,) the quantity now allowed will fall far short of the necessity, and urgent demands of the Indians, further purchases I think should be allowed to be made by the Superintendent here, to supply the deficiency, But, in order to accomplish this, further appropriations by the Department must be made for this especial purpose as it will be impossible to divert, (without serious detriment and inconvenience to the Agency under my control,) the small amount of means now allowed to this Agency. As I have before mentioned, the goods shipped to Cala were equally distributed between the two Agencies, the quantity being sufficient to supply but a very small portion of the Indians in either district, yet the number of the Indians in the Southern District of California, (over which I have the honor of presiding,) are much more numerous than in the Northern portion of the State, according to estimates made from the most reliable sources, there
are at present from 20 to 25,000 Indians within my jurisdiction. In accordance with plans proposed to the Department in my annual report of 13th July last, I have abandoned the Kings River Indian farm, (described in my annual report,) containing only 640 acres of land, and intend removing the Indians from that neighborhood to Tule River farm, the lease of which I have taken for one year, at $500. This farm possesses superior advantages to the other, and a much larger extent of territory, covering 1280 acres, while its close proximity to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's, renders it a most desirable home for the Indians, who will now have an almost unlimited range for the grazing of their animals as well as in the pursuit of game.
I would again respectfully refer the Dept to my last quarterly report wherein I mentioned the diseased condition of the Indians of the Tulare Valley, the early and urgent necessity for the employment of a Physician in this district will, I trust, be seen by the Dept, and instructions for such employment be very soon granted to me.
Accompanying this report it was my intention to forward an Abstract of Disbursements with vouchers and account current for the
quarter ending Dec 31st, 1861, but I shall have to ask the indulgence of the Dept, (I trust for a few weeks only,) to enable me to obtain the necessary vouchers and pay rolls from the Reservations in order to make my accounts complete; the long and continued succession of stormy weather with which our State has been visited, and the almost impassable and dangerous condition of the roads, have been such, for the past six weeks, as to render communication with the different Reserves under my charge impossible.
Very Respectfully, Your Obt Servt, Jno. P. H. Wentworth Supt Agent, S. D. Cala
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