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J.Q.Smith; Major Edmond Mallet
Major Edmond Mallet
March 12, 1877
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Department of the Interior
Office of Indian Affairs
Washington March 12, 1877
E. Mallet Esq.
U.S. Indian Agent
Tulalip Agency Wash Tery.
In reply to your letter of the 29th ultimo, relative
to "Miscellaneous Receipts" [?]. I incluse herewith
copy of a decision of the Supreme Court, relative
to cutting timber from Indian Reservations from
which you will be able to determine what is
lawful and what are unlawful cutting.
If your Indians are clearing the land in good
faith for agricultural purposes, they have the
right to dispose of the surplus wood and timber
and to receive the proceeds there of. If such is not
the case, the cutting is unlawful and should be stopped at once.
If the Indians are capable of making their own
bargains there is no objection to their so doing
and you are thereby relieved for accounting
for the same.
The arrangements already made by you
between the Indians and the trader are approved
by this office and you are authorized to make
such additional regulations as may be deemed
necessary for their benefit and protection.
Signed J.Q. Smith
Wash, M. 329.77
Edmond J. Mallet Collection. Emmanuel d'Alzon Library Manuscript and Photograph Collection. Assumption University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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