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Petition to the President California C190
John Conness U.S. Senator and many others members of the Legislature of the State of California &c, &c, recommend the removal of Geo. M Hanson, Supt No. Dist. & the appointment of Elijah Steele of Yreka to succeed him
Respectfully refd to the Commr of Ind Affairs A.S.H. White Depty Int. Act'g Chief Clerk Returned with Report to Secy of Int May 7th 1863
Mr Commr Mr White
[stamp] DEPARTMENT OF THE Apr 29 1863 INTERIOR
To His Excellency The President of the United States.
The undersigned members of the Senate and Assembly of the State of California, would respectfully represent, that the Indian affairs of the Northern District of this State are in a very unsatisfactory condition; that George M. Hanson the present Superintendant is wholly unqualified for that position; that the said George M. Hanson has not sufficient knowledge of Indian character to enable him to govern and control the tribes in his district; that his attempt at the execution of his duties in that portion of his District to which he has devoted attention has proved disastrous to the interests of the White population and of no practical benefit to the Indians. That whilst large expenses have been and are daily being incurred for the support and civilization of the Indian races, the channels of communication between the mineral districts and marts of trade of Mendocino, Humboldt, Klamath and Trinity Counties are entirely blockaded, and the lives of citizens destroyed by their hostile and roaming bands. That under his administration they seek the Reserve only when hard pressed for food or in danger of punishment for their peculations and crimes.
In our opinion the Indian tribes can
and should be restrained, but to accomplish the object the present incumbent must be removed and his place filled by one of greater executive ability and experience.
We would further recommend, that Elijah Steele Esq. of Yreka be substituted for George M. Hanson as Superintendant of Indian Affairs for the Northern District of this State. Mr. Steele is regarded as the best qualified to discharge efficiently the duties of that position of any man in the District, and we ask for his appointment in the firm belief that under his Administration our troubles from that Source would soon cease and much expense would be saved to the General Government. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Walter Van Dyke, Senator 27th District Geo. Oulton, Senator 28th District J G Dole, Senator 25th District N H Parks, Senator 23rd District M L. Whiting Senator 8th District A. B. Nixon, Senator 16th District T B Shannon, Senator 24th District O. Harvey, Senator 15th District A. H. Saxton, Senator 15th District W D Hammer, Senator 20th District F B Higgins, Senator 20th District