網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 14, 1849. MAJOR: I am instructed by the commanding general to enclose, for your information, a copy of a letter to the assistant quartermaster at San Francisco in relation to the land upon which the Post Office agent at San Francisco was authorized by you to erect a building. This portion of the reserve is covered by a grant to Mr. A. B. Thompson, given by the Mexican authorities in 1838, which, although not considered good, was recognised by Governor Mason (the former governor of California) himself, to the extent of “occupancy of the house and right of way to the water." The remainder of the reservation is in possession of Mr. Steineberger, under authority given him by the assistant quartermaster at San Francisco, which was not submitted to the commanding general of this de partment.

Mr. Allen's application to General Riley and your conditional permission have been forwarded to division headquarters disapproved. Dr. E. Jones, mentioned in the enclosed communication, was the agent or assignee of Mr. Thompson, and the papers therein referred to are on file in the presidio of San Francisco. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major R. ALLEN,

Assistant Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 15, 1849. GENERAL: Your communication of December 8, 1848, to Governor Mason, in relation to the arrangement for supplying the officers of the quartermaster's department in California with funds, was turned over to me on the 19th of April last.

The funds, thus far, have not been sufficient to meet the current erpenditures, and your department is greatly indebted to the “civil fund" of this Territory.

In advance of my annual estimate, to be transmitted by the next steamer, I have now the honor to request that arrangements may be made as soon as practicable for the remission of the sum of $500,000, to meet the indebtedness above referred to and the current disbursements until after my detailed estimate shall have been received and acted upon. Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

B. RILEY, Brev. Brig. Gen. U. S. Army, commanding, fc. Major General T. S. JESUP, Quartermaster General U. S. Army,

Washington, D. C.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 16, 1849. MAJOR: Your communications of June 30 and July 1 and 5 were received on General Riley's return to this place, (a few days since,) and have been submitted to him. I am directed to say, in reply, that he designs visiting San Diego for purposes connected with your suggestions immediately after the adjournment of the convention that meets in this place on the Ist proximo. In the mean time, he directs that estimates be prepared and forwarded to headquarters for the lumber and other materials that will be required for building quarters for two companies of infantry, with the necessary storehouse and hospital.

The difficulty of procuring building materials in this country is so great, that the commanding general is not disposed to authorize any perinanent buildings until materials can be sent out from the United States. If, however, quarters for your command cannot be obtained at San Dieg), it will be necessary to put them under cover before the commencement of the rainy season. The best position for the erection of these quarters will be as near Punta Guij (already selected by a board of engineer officers for the construction of a fortification for the defence of the harbor of San Diego) as a suitable position can be found-reference being had to a good supply of water, convenient to the landing, and to a location that will not interfere with any work of a more permanent character. You are desired to collect information on these points, and any others that may be useful in aiding the commanding general in making a selection when he visits your post, and report them for his information.

No information has reached department headquarters with regard to building materials left at San Pedro, but instructions will be given to send any that are there to San Diego.

In consequence of a want of officers, a general court-martial cannot at present be convened at San Diego for the trial of the charges returned by you, but one will be assembled there at the earliest period that the interest of the service will periit.,

It is a matter of great regret that the stores sent you from San Pedro and San Francisco should have proved insufficient. A six months' supply for 300 men was ordered by General Riley, and he now directs that you immediately estimate for any additional supply that may be required. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

2d Infantry, San Diego, California.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 20, 1849. CAPTAIN: Your communication of the 3:1 instant, in relat:on to quarters for your family during your absence from San Diego with the escort of the commissioners of the boundary survey, has been referred to the commanding officer at San Diego, with the following endorsement:

"The commanding general directs that, during the absence of Captain Hayden from San Diego, his family be furnished with the quarters and fuel to which he would be entitled if he were on duty at that post. The allowance to be in kind, or the commutation to be paid, as may be most convenient to the service.Very respectfully, captain, your obedient servant, .

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Captain J. HAYDEN,

2d Infantry, Camp Riley, near San Diego, California.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Mont rey, California, August 20, 1849. Major: Your communications of July 16, 25, and August 2d, 3d, and 12th, were received by the steamer on the 18th instant, and have been submitted to the commanding general, by whom I am directed to say, that the court-martial for which you apply will be ordered at the earliest practicable moment. Your requisition for supplies has been approved and forwarded.

The lumber ordered to your post is intended only for repairs; and, until the requisitions of paragraph jil, general orders No. 49, 1848, and vin of department orders No. 16, current series, are first complied with, no authority can be given for the erection of buildings.

The commanding general will visit San Diego for this purpose as soon as it is possible to leave this place.

The military express from San Diego to Monterey is exceedingly important in connecting department headquarters with the intermediate places, and it will be continued until the establishment of the post office mail, now in contemplation, renders it no longer necessary. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E, R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

2d Infantry, San Diego, California.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 20, 1849. Sir: Your communication of yesterday in explanation of your interference in the matter complained of by Mr. Forbes, vice consul of her Britannic Majesty, has been received and submitted to the brigadier general commanding, by whom I am directed to say that the interference of a military force to aid the civil authorities in the exercise of their duties can only be called for when all the means under the control of the civil authorities have been unsuccessfully employed; and that when applied for, the requisition should come from the highest judicial authority in the district in which the alleged offence was committed. Even if properly clothed with the authority he attempted to exercise, Mr. Bellamy had no jurisdiction in the case; nor does it appear that efforts were made to execute the process by a civil posse, or that any reference of the case was ma 'e to the first alcalde of the district. His conduct, therefore, is not approved; and your interference is deemed unnecessary, particularly when the whole matter might, without any difficulty or prejudicial delay, have been referred to higher judicial authority, or to the governor of the Territory. For the course to be pursued under similar circumstances, you are respectfully referred to the several paragraphs of department orders No. 16 and orders No. 17 of the 8th of May last. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Lieutenant E. H. DERBY,

Topographical Engineer, Monterey, California.

ve been re for the coursered to the sexth of May las

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 23, 1849. COLONEL: Lieutenant Wilson, 1st dragoons, was instructed, on the 2d of June last, to proceed with his company to Los Reyes river, for the purpose of apprehending the perpetrators of some Indian murders that had recently been commitied on or near that river. He was also directed to report the result of his expedition promptly for the information of the commanding general;" to collect and report any information that might be useful with regard to the Indians- their numbers, haunts, the best position for the establishing of troops to operate against them.

In my communication to you of July 22, I repeated that I expected on my arrival at Benicia to receive a report from Lieutenant Wilson “ that would determine this point”-the best route for supplying a command sent to that river-- and enable me to report more definitely than I now can." I was greatly disappointed in not finding Lieutenant Wilson's report at Benicia, and still more so that it was not received by the mail which arrived last night. Although it is exceedingly important that troops should be sent to the Los Reyes river before the mining population is established in that neighborhood, yet, from the imperfect knowledge of that region, and the ascertained fact that the whole neighborhood of the lake is at certain seasons of the year exceedingly unhealthy, I am greatly averse to the establishment of troops in that country until after the receipt of the information expected from Lieutenant Wilson, or until that neighborhood be properly examined for the selection of a healthy position. If the report of Lieutenant Wilson should not be satisfactory in this respect, I shall recommend that Major Miller's command remain in its present location until the commencement of the rainy season; and that it then be withdrawn and established in quarters on the coast during the winter. In the mean time, if topographical engineers should arrive by the next steamer, as I expect, I will cause the neighborhood to be thoroughly examined, and the necessary preparations to be made for the establishment of this post early in the spring. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Lieutenant Colonel J. HOOKER,

Assistant Adjutant General U. S. A., Sonoma, California.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 23, 1849. MAJOR: The commanding general, early in June last, instructed Lieu. tenant Wilson, 1st dragoons, to proceed with his company, “ E,” by the way of King's river, for the purpose of apprehending the perpetrators of some Indian murders recently committed on or near that river, to report the result of his expedition promptly, and to collect and report for the in. formation of the commanding general any information that might be useful with regard to these Indians, their numbers and haunts, and the best positions for the establishment of troops to operate against them, &c. Unofficial information was received last night to the effect that Leutenant Wilson has been for some time at your camp, and the general was much disappointed in not receiving from him, by the mail of last night, the expected report. If this report has been sent, it has probably been lost, and you will direct Lieutenant Wilson to forward you a duplicate of his report. If it has not been made, you will cause it to be made out at once and forwarded with as little delay as possible. In either case, you will add to it any information that you think may be useful, particularly with regard to the points indicated in his instructions to you of May 4 and May 7.

It is apprehended, from the irregular communication with your command, that the provisions of department orders No. 21 have not been fully carried out. Your attention is called to this subject; and you are desired to give any orders that may be necessary to insure a regular and uninterrupted communication with department headquarters. A duplicate copy of department orders No. 30 is herewith enclosed. You are desired to acknowledge the receipt of this communication. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. R. S. CANBY,

Assistant Adjutant General. Major A. S. MILLER, Second Infantry, commanding, Camp Stanislaus.

io

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 23, 1849. CAPTAIN: Your communication of the 17th instant and its enclosures were received last night, and I am directed by the commanding general to say that his instructions of the 9th instant were not more definite because the papers in reference to the claiin of Mr. Thompson, and the permission of Mr. Steineberger to occupy a position on the reserve, are (or should be) on file at your post, or in the assistant quartermaster's office in San Francisco. By the decisions of Generals Mason and Riley, former and present governors of California,“ occupancy of the house " commonly knowu as is the Kanaha House," and a right of way to the beach," are guarantied to Mr. Thonypson “until his claim be submitted to the United States government " or decided by the proper tribunals.” Beyond this his title has not been and will not be recognised; and you are directed to apply to Mr. Billings, attorney general of California, for any assistance that may be necessary to protect the interests and rights of the United States to this

« 上一頁繼續 »