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I do not feel authorized at this time to make any decision in this matter of Mr Clarke, but cannot refrain from recommending it to the most favorable consideration of all the constituted authorities of your town, and adding that justice and good faith require that we should, as far as in our power, assist in fulfilling the engagements entered into by authorities which have preceded us, without inquiring into their expediency, provided they are not contrary to law. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. EDWIN BRYANT,

Alcalde, foc., San Francisco, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 19, 1847. The undersigned has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the communication addressed to him on the 8th instant, by Don Cesareo Sataillade, vice consnl of her Catholic Majesty, and to state, in reply, that as the vice consul prefers a residence in Santa Barbara, it affords the undersigned great pleasure in acceding thereto, and to add that instructions will be given that the vice consul may receive all the privileges his office and high standing so justly entitle him to.

The undersigned offers to the vice consul the assurance of his esteem and consideration.

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadicr General, and Governor of California. Don CesarEO SATAILLADE,

Vice Consul de España, Santa Barbara, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 21, 1847. Sir: As you have been appointed collector of the port and harbormaster at San Francisco, I have to direct that you receive for the custonas and fees nothing but specie, treasury notes, or drafts. You will please settle your accounts quarterly, with Captain Folsom, assistant quartermaster at San Francisco, turning over to him all money, &c., received by you for customs and fees under your two appointments of collector and harbor master. You have a deputy collector at Sansalito, and as his services can be dispensed with, you will please do so. Your compensation for performing the duties at San Francisco of collector of the port and harbor-master, will be twelve hundred dollars ($1,200) per year. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Mr. Wm. A. RICHARDSON,

Collector, &C., Monterey.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 21, 1847. Sir: I learn that you have been appointed collector of the customs for the port of San Diego, which appointment is hereby confirmed to you. I enclose herewith a printed circular of March 1st, signed by Commodore Shubrick and myself, announcing the duties confided by the President of the United States to the senior officers of the land and naval forces; a proclamation of my own of the same date; and instructions to you, of March 29th, from Commodore James Biddle, commanding the Pacific squadron.

You will please send to me copies of such instructions as you may have received relating to your duties as collector, and inform me what salary has been allowed you, and what public funds you may have re'ceived and have on hand. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Don SANTIAGO ARGUILLO,

Collector, f'c., San Diego, California.

MONTEREY,

CALIFORNIA,

April 24, 1847. SIR: I have received yours of the 21st relating to a room in the public buildings at San Francisco, now occupied by you as an office, and, taking all things into consideration, I am of opinion that the municipal authorities of the town should provide a room elsewhere, so that the military may have the exclusive control and management of that building.

Very respectfully,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Edwin BRYANT, Esq.,

Alcalde, gc., San Francisco.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA,

April 24, 1847. Sir: Your communications of the 17th March and 7th April have been duly received.

During the existence of the present war between the United States and Mexico, there must of necessity arise many cases of great hardship and injustice, which for the time being are without remedy. This state of affairs is inseparable from a state of war, and your case, as represented by you, may be considered as one of that class. I sincerely hope that ere long the restoration of peace will lead to the establishment of a permanent civil government for this Territory, which will secure to all their just rights. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Mr. GEORGE W. BELLAMY,

Santa Clara, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA,

April 26, 1847. Sır: I learn that you have been appointed collector of the port and harpor-master at San Pedro, which appointments are hereby confirmed to you. I enclose herewith a printed circular of March 1, signed by Com. modore Shubrick and myself, announcing the duties confided by the President of the United States to the senior officers of the land and naval forces, a proclamation of my own of same date, and instructions to you of March 29 from Commodore Biddle, commanding the Pacific squadron. You will please send me as early as possible copies of such instructions as you may have received relating to your duties as collector and harbormaster, and inform me what salary has been allowed you, and what amount of funds you may have received, and how much on hand.

You will please settle your accounts quarterly with Lieutenant Colonel Cooke, at the City of the Angels, or with such officer as he may desig. nate, turning over to him all money, &c., received by you for customs and fees under your appointment of collector and harbor-master. His receipt will be your voucher for the same. You will receive nothing but specie, treasury notes, or drafts.

I have received from Colonel Mason, 1st dragoons, the instructions to you of 21st March, signed “J. C. Fremont, governor of California, by William H. Russell, secretary of State,” ordering and permitting you to receive from Mr. S. Hultman "government payment,” (that is, as I under: stand, due bills of the paymaster and quartermaster of the late battalion of California volunteers,) in payment of his custom-house duties; and I learn that you have received seventeen hundred dollars of that paper, bought up by Mr. H. at 25 or 30 per cent. discount. As you have by the act of others been led into this mistake, what you have received from Mr. H. must be passed to your credit.

Very respectfully,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Gorernor of California. Mr. D. W. ALEXANDER,

Collector, foc., San Pedro, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA,

April 26, 1847. Sır: In addition to the instructions sent to you by nie on the 21st instant, I have to direct that you will receive in payment for duties and fees, under your appointments of collector of the port and harbor-master at San Diego, nothing but specie, treasury notes, or drafts; and that you will please settle your accounts quarterly with Lieutenant Colonel Cooke, (commanding the southern military district,) or with such officer as he may designate, turning over to him all money received by you for customs and fees, and his receipt will be your voucher for the same. Very respectfully,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Don SANTIAGO ARGUILLO,

Collector and Harbor-master, San Diego, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA,

April 26, 1847. Sır: In addition to the instructions of Commodore James Biddle of March 29, which I have forwarded to you, I have to direct that you will receive for customs and fees, as collector of the port and harbor-master at Santa Barbara, nothing but specie, treasury notes, and drafts; and that you will please settle your accounts quarterly with Lieutenant Colonel Burton, commanding at Santa Barbara, or with such officer as he may designate, turning over to him all money received by you. His receipt will be your voucher for the same.

You will please send me a copy of such instructions as you may have received (which have not passed through my hands) relating to your duties as collector, and inform me what salary bas been allowed you, and what money you have received as collector, and how much on hand.

I am of opinion that I have written to you a letter similar to this, but it has not been copied in my letter-book. Should you have received one from me, please send me a copy. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Don PEDRO CARRILLO,

Collector, fc., Santa Barbara, California.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA,

April 27, 1847. Sir: I have received your communication of the 30th March, relating to a decree made by me on the 26th of that month, in the case of Gabriel Castro vs. Antonio Hernano; and I have since learned that you have, contrary to that decree, “given judgment and issued an execution, to be levied by a sheriff against

various portions of the property of the defendant, A. Hernano.'

I have now to decree that you stay all further proceedings in this case until you hear further from me on the subject. Very respectfully, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY,

Brigadier General, and Governor of California. JOHN BURTON, Esq.,

Alcalde, foc., Pueblo de San José.

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MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 27, 1847. Sır: I consider the order of Captain Montgomery in the case of the Russian American Company against J. A. Sutter as having been given by competent authority, and as still remaining in full force. All steps in disobedience of that order, until it is revoked by the proper authority, must therefore be considered void. As Captain Montgomery was no doubt as well or better acquainted with the facts of the case above inentioned than myself, I do not feel disposed, for the present at least, to interfere with

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his order in reference to it. You will consequently please to restore that case to the situation it occupied at the time Captain Montgomery issued his aforesaid order. Very respectfully,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Edwin BRYANT, Esq.,

Alcalde, foc., San Francisco.

MONTERY, CALIFORNIA, April 27, 1847. Sir: Yours of the 22d instant has been received. By my decree of the 10th uljimo I conveyed all the right of the United States and of this Territory in țhe lots mentioned in your communication to the town of San Francisco. By that act I lost all power and control over those lots. Having already relinquished all claim to those lots to another, I have no right now to recall, annul, or modify that relinquishment in any manner whatever, and am unable, therefore, to do anything for your relief, but must refer you to the authorities of the town, who, I hope, will do you full justice. Very respectfully,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. Mr. WM. PETTIT, San Francisco.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 27, 1847. Sir: Your communications relating to the cases of Thomas Russell and John Warner have been received. I regret to learn that Mr. Warner refuses obedience to your decree. If he remain refractory, you are authorized to call upon the military officer most convenient to you for men to en force your decree. This authority is also delegated to you in any other case in which the military may be required to give effeci to you: dicial

In the case of Thomas Russell, I see no difficulty. You can either fine Russell or imprison him, or both fine and imprison him. The amount of the fine and the duration of the imprisonment are left to your discretion. Very respectfuily, &c.,

S. W. KEARNY, Brigadier General, and Governor of California. H. D. Fitch, Esq.,

decalde, fc., San Diego.

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, April 27, 1847, Sır: Your communication of April 16th has been received. You will obey the order of the alcalde at San Diego with regard to the property

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