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Nesmith to Denver, 24 September 1857, in United States, Office of Indian Affairs, Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880, National Archives Microcopy 234, Roll 610, NADP Document D52.
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Office Supt. Ind Affairs
Salem, Oregon Sept 24th 1857.

      Enclosed I forward a claim of C. S. Drew amounting to two hundred and eighty six dollars and seventy five cents, for supplies furnished for the Rogue River Indians in September 1853.
      Agent R. B. Metcalf appends his certificate of having witnessed the distribution of the goods. Mr. Metcalf was not at that time an Indian Agent. The distribution was made by Agent S. W. Culver. I have no personal knowledge of the justness of the claim further than the fact that I was at the Rogue River treaty of 10th of September 1853, and know that a large amount of goods were distributed to the Indians, and understand from Agent Culver, and Supt. Palmer, that they were purchased on credit from Merchants at

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Jacksonville where Mr. Drew at that time resided.

Very Respectfully
Your Obt Servant,
J.W. Nesmith
Supt. Ind Affr O.T.W.T.

To Hon: J.W. Denver Commissioner Ind Affr
Washington D.C.