Office Superintendent of Indian Affairs
Oregon City July 22, 1851
The difficulties that have existed between the gold diggers of Northern California and the Indians has in some degree extended over the line into Oregon. This I early forsaw would probably happen, (please see my letter addressed to you of 30th Dec. last) There being but one Agent in Oregon H.H. Spalding Esq it was not in my power to select between two or three, the most efficient man to occupy an important post in that part of the country I have, therefore, been without anyone to send there during Mr. Spalding's many months illness. After writing me that he was well enough to enter upon his duties I addressed him a letter, (a copy of which I enclose to you) but from cause unknown to me he did not go to his post (the Rogue River) until within the last month.
I do not suppose, however, that it would have been in the power of one man to entirely prevent the difficulty amongst men who look upon Indians as intruders and having no more rights in this country than wild beasts.
I have the honor to be
Respectfully your obt servt
Hon L Lea
of Indian Afairs