Text for Letter from Thomas H. Benton to Luke Lea, 1852

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California B17
Thos. H. Benton
Washinton Jan. 30, 1852

Inc. J. C. Fremont's proposal to Agent Wozencraft to furnish beef cattle &c to Indian of California-will acceptance of said Agent.

Refers to similar proposals made to Agent Barbour. Asks that when the treaties are ratified, Mr. Fremont may be [?] of the [commission?] of the Dept.

(See bw.)

Rec'd Feb. 9, 1852

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Washington City, Jany. 30, 1852

Col. Lea, Commissioner of Indian Affairs,

Sir,

I left with you the original proposals of Col. Fremont to Mr. Barbour the Indian Agent, to furnish beef cattle, have made and [?] to the Indians in his agency, and his acceptance of the same, subject to the approval of the Department; and I now have with you similar proposals and acceptance with Mr. Wozencraft; and have to ask that, as soon as the treaties are ratified, Col. Fremont may be advised of the decision of the Department. I approached that the [cause?] subjecting the cattles to the [?] to the approval of the Department could be only applicable to the decisions of the present eyar, as immediate decisions of a pact-i.e. within a month of the notice to Col. Fremont that the treaties [N.B.?] only cattle for food were delivered.

Yours respectfully,
Thomas H. Benton