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Nez Perce Agency Ido.
June 3, 1889.

Hon. Commis. of Ind. Affairs

Sir:  I have the honor to report that I have engaged James Stewart as my driver and interpreter at a salary of sixty dollars per month.

It is absolutely necessary that I have a competent and trusty man who understands both languages as my driver. I am constantly moving about among the people and need the exception to find men and women with a sufficient knowledge of English to understand the explanations I must give them concerning the Severalty Act of Feb 8, 1887. and to make clear to them other matters concerning their land and allotments. 

James Stewart is well educated, having attended the Chemewa School at Salem Oregon.  He reads and writes, and bears a good reputation as to his character.

I would respectfully ask approval of his employment by me as above stated

Respectfully,

[[signature]] Alice C. Fletcher [[/signature]]
Special Ind. Agt

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