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- This letter enclosed correspondence from an ex-Senator Jones, acting as attorney for Theodore N. Barnsdall, for the matter of leasing oil lands and natural gas wells in Indian Territory and Oklahoma., COPY THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington. Oyster Bay, N.Y., August 18, 1906. My dear Mr. Secretary: I enclose a letter, dated August 15th, from ex-Senator Jones as Attorney for Theodore N. Barnsdall of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, accompanied by certain papers. I received form him as well as from you a copy of the printed pamphlet containing the examination before you on the question of leasing oil lands and natural gas wells in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. It appears that Mr. Barnsdall is in a certain sense the representative of Messrs. Guffey and Galey, or at least has interests in them. This is not a matter with which I am especially familiar, and before coming to even a tentative decision as regards any of the points raised in this letter I shall want to hear from you, and very possibly to go over the whole matter in the Cabinet, where we can have the benefit of the judgement of the trained lawyers among its members. Would it not also be well to have a report from Garfield on this matter, inasmuch as he made some very careful investigations into the Standard Oil business in Kansas, and I suppose in the Indian Territory and Oklahoma? My general principle, as you know, is that it is inadvisable from every standpoint for the Government to spend its efforts in seeking to prevent a combination; that the true course for the Government to pursue is not to try to prevent combinations, but to reserve its right to exercise a rigid and effective control over them in the interest of the public, and of course doubly in the interest of the Indians, who are the special wards of the Government. However, while this is my general feeling, there may be and probably are special reasons why the, 2 policy would be a band one in this particular case. Senator J...
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- Letters from President Theodore Roosevelt to Secretary of the Interior Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Communications with the Executive Department
Copy of Letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to Secretary of the Interior E. A. Hitchcock
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