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Browne to Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 12 November 1861, in United States, Office of Indian Affairs, Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880, National Archives Microcopy 234, Roll 612, NADP Document D67.
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Corvallis Oregon
Nov 12 1861

Sir
      By reference to the Military Dept – you will find that 20 U.S. muskets & 20 U S – Colt Revolvers – were furnished to the late Indian agent at the Siletz Agency for defence – by the Commanding Officer at Fort Hoskins –
      I am informed by the present agent that these are now all in the hands of the – Indians – who say they bought them of the late Agent
      It is also true that many Indians have left the reserve – & say–


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They were told the Government broke up – That they would receive no more aid as the acc of the late agent have not been paid.
      As we have 2500 Indians near us & it is not over 15 miles from the principle settlement, to the reserve–
      We claim the Aid afforded them by Secessionists in the way of arms is dangereous and that they should be taken from them

Respectfully
George Browne