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James Guthrie California Indians letter, 1853.
MANUSCRIPTSMCII : Box 28 : Folder 9
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James Guthrie California Indians letter, 1853
Guthrie Indian letter


Guthrie, James, 1792-1869, creator


Letter dated April 14, 1853 from Secretary of the Treasury James Guthrie to R. P. Hammond introducing Edward F. Beale as agent appointed by the President to make certain military reservations available for removal and protection of California Indians.


1853 (issued)


Beale, Edward Fitzgerald, 1822-1893
Hammond, R.P
Indians -- Government relations


James Guthrie was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, on December 5, 1792. He served in the Kentucky General Assembly and Kentucky Senate, and became a civic leader in Louisville. In 1853 President Franklin Pierce appointed him Secretary of the Treasury, a position he held for four years. Guthrie was a member of the Peace Congress held in 1861 to devise ways to prevent the Civil War, and served in the United States Senate from 1865 to 1868. He died in Louisville on March 3, 1869.
Edward F. Beale was born in the District of Columbia on February 4, 1822, and joined the United States Navy in 1837. He sailed to California during the Mexican War, commanded a cavalry contingent, and saw much action with Captain Fremont and General Kearney. In 1848, he journeyed back to Washington DC bringing news of the California gold discovery. On March 4, 1852, Beale was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs in California, and on his trip overland mapped out a new emigration route. In 1857 he built a wagon road from Fort Defiance, New Mexico to the Colorado River using camels, and later purchased Tejon Ranch near Bakersfield, where he kept the camels he had bought. During 1876-77 Beale served as the United States Ambassador to Austria-Hungary. He died in Washington , DC on April 22, 1893.
Guthrie Indian letter.
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

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Letter in file folder; 15 x 9 1/2 in.






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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.