Photocopy of the original report printed in the
Los Angeles Star, volume XIV, August 8, 1868 issue.
Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811-1878) of Tennessee came to California in 1841, married into the prominent Yorba family, and acquired
a vast property, including a ranch that encompassed the site of modern Riverside. He was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 1851
and was named sub-agent for Indian Affairs for Southern California not long after. The Indians of southern California in 1852
prints a report Wilson prepared in collaboration with Benjamin Hayes after being named a federal Indian agent. The document
identifies two major problems: the security of ranches and settlements from Indian raids and the plight of the mission Indians.
He recommends a reservation system as the solution to both. John Walton Caughey's introduction provides useful background,
supplemented by his appendix of "Contemporary Comment."
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