California H374 Geo. M. Hanson San Francisco, Cal August 4, '63
Enc. bids received by him & for furnishing cattle for the Indian Service, and submits statement relating thereto
[ink stamp] RECEIVED AT THE Aug 20 1863 INDIAN BUREAU
San Francisco Cal. Aug 4th 1863
Hon Wm P. Dole, Coms. &c
Sir Enclosed please find all the bids I have recd up to 1st Inst. for cattle to be delivered on the several Reservations; I have only accepted the bids of Hamblen & Mrs Frame. The bids of Bliss, and Cresswell are too high. I can purchase at lower prices privately if permited to do so. But I am instructed to "advertize" and have done so; Spanish Wild Cattle, could have been purchased cheaper, but they are almost worthless as they require constant herding are of no use for milking and we generally loose one half of them.
The bid of "Olmstead" I consider too indeffinite to accept, as he does not say whether he will want coin or currency, the former I expect.
I will expect instruction in regard to other bids. I think I can do better making private contracts. If I don't purchase more very soon, cattle will become poor & higher. If you think it best as suggested in a former letter, to remove from Mendocino to Round Valley, and abandon the former, I will make no purchase for that place.
I felt it was important to telegraph for the balance of the appropriation, least it might be in time here for the delivery of the cattle, and thereby cause disappointment.
I have the honor to be Yr. Obt. Sevt. Geo. M. Hanson Suptg Agt &c N. D. Cal.
Mr. G.M. Hanson Superintending Agent Indians Affairs Northern Dist Cal
In answering a notice for Sealed proposals published in the Sacramento Union of the 11th Inst. for the Deliever of Good American Cattle, on the Several reservations in the Northern District of Califorian, I hereby propose to Deliver the number and class as specificed in your advertisement for the Smith River Reservation, on Said Reservation, at Four Dollars and FIfty cents pr Cent Net.
Eureka July 27th 1863 WT Olmstead
Smith River Valley July 9.1863
G. M. Hanson Esqr
Dear Sir: The number of cattle I have on hand is 80 head more or less they will Sum up as follows
10 Head one year olds 20 " Two " " 15 " Three " " 35 Cows 80 I will delivre the above cattle at the Smith River Reservation for 2 pr cents pr pound nett, payable in gold coin of the [Virtue Stullre?] or its equivelant on delivery Rachel Frame