Portland, June 23rd. 1856
Gen. Joel Palmer
Supt. Ind. Affairs
I am about to leave the territory for the purpose of visiting Washington City. It will be my duty as it will be my pleasure to meet any and all issues that may come up there growing out of our pending Indian difficulties, wherein the good name of Oregon shall be called in question In a word, to hold myself accountable for my official acts. For long years we have been upon the friendliest terms. Your correspondence with General Wool indicates an unkind feeling on your part towards our people at once assails their reputatuion and strikes at the interests of the Territory in the present Indian War. It would be extremely fanciful for me to break up our existing friendly relations, but you must easily perceive the natural result. At Washington I shall have to strike at all who are any way against us. In our last interview
you led me to believe that your language in your letters to General Wool went further than you had intended, and that you regretted that fact. My desire now is that over your official signature you will so state to the Indian Department at Washington, and relieve me from the unhappy duty of placing myself in a hostile attitude, officially, towards an old and esteemed friend.
Be pleased to address me at Washington City under cover to Gen. Lane, as soon as practicable.
I am very respectfully
Your Obedient Serv't
(Signed) Geo. L. Curry