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Detailed statement of disbursements on account of northwest boundary survey, &c.—Continued.
To whom paid.
Nature of expenditure.
SECOND QUARTER, 1868.
600 230 00
Hugh Renshaw..... For I cord wood ....
and packing wood, $2 06:......
35 cents; cleaning privy, $1...
soap, and matches, $1 09...
For car tickets, $1 80; official postage, 51 cents ....
ink, $2 ..............
Diekgon & King ....
THIRD QUARTER, 1868.
and packing coal, $13 62} ....
feather duster, $2 75 ..
ting in window glass, $3 ......
FOURTH QUARTER, 1868.
For gas, 68 cents; ash barrel. 50 cents; tacks, 25 cents; broom,
25 cents.......................... ..........
30 cents ...........................
wrapping paper, $3...
writing fluid, $1.....
Philp & Solomons ..
For 2 quires copying paper, 60 cents; 6 rubber penholders, $2 25.
cents; 1 bottle enkollon, $1 50..
tle enkollon, 25 cents..
French & Richardson For 1 bottle epkollon, 75 centy: 1 dozen sheets English blotting
board, $1 25....
Mr. Campbell to Mr. Seward.
UNITED STATES NORTHWESTERN BOUNDARY COMMISSION,
Washington, D. C., February 3, 1869. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 16th ultimo, asking for information concerning the matters mentioned in a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 13th January :
That the Secretary of State be directed to communicate to the House the total amount expended for the porthwestern boundary commission, and to give in detail the items of expenditure, the number and names of the persons employed in such commission, how long employed, and at wbat salaries, and the nature and extent of the services performed.
In reply to your letter I have the honor to transmit herewith the following papers :
Financial statement January 1, 1869, marked A.
List of persons composing the commission, with rates of salaries, &c., marked B.
List of assistants employed in running and marking the boundary line, with statement of pay, &c., marked C.
List of assistants employed in working up the results of the survey, with statement of pay, &c., marked D.
Statement of labor employed in running and marking the boundary line, marked E.
Statement of services of Indians, marked F..
In regard to "the nature and extent of the services performed,” nothing short of the full reports of the chief astronomer and surveyor, and other officers of the commission, and the detailed maps of the survey of the boundary line, can give an adequate idea of the subject. It is not supposed, however, that the House of Representatives desires so comprehensive a reply to their inquiry. I shall therefore endeavor as briefly as possible to furnish the information called for.
On the 11th August, 1856, Congress passed a law, authorizing the appointment of a commission on the part of the United States, to unite with a similar commission to be appointed by Great Britain, for the purpose of carrying into effect the first article of the treaty of June 15, 1846, that is, to determine and mark the boundary line between the United States and British possessions, agreed upon in the treaty, viz:
From the point on the 49th parallel of north latitude. where the boundary laid down in existing treaties and conventions between the United States and Great Britain terminates,
westward along the said 49th parallel of north latitude, to the middle of the channel which separates the continent from Vancouver's island, and thence southerly, through the middle of the said channel and of Fuca's straits, to the Pacific ocean.
Toward the close of the year the British government appointed Captain Prevost, royal navy, commanding steamer Satellite, first commissioner to determine that part of the line which runs through “the channel which separates the continent from Vancouver's island," and announced that he had started on his way to the vicinity of the boundary line, and that Captain Richards, royal navy, second commissioner, would shortly follow.
Although the powers of the British commission were limited to the determination of the water-boundary alone, while the act of Congress authorized, on the part of the United States, the determination of the boundary from the crest of the Rocky mountains to the Pacific ocean, the President decided to carry out the law by the appointment of officers authorized thereby, and to notify the British government of the difference between the powers of the two commissions. In February, 1857, I was appointed commissioner, Lieutenant John G. Parke, United States