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executing it in a suitable manner, on receipt of which I will advise you without delay.

I contemplated paying you a visit, when we might arrive at a conclusion more satisfactory and quickly than by letter, but I regret that I cannot do so. The cares of business connected with this office prevent me holding out any hope that I shall be able to see you personally for some time. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent Marine Hospital, Chicago, Minois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, August 14, 1868. SIR: Your report of progress of work, &c., on the United States inarine hospital, under your supervision, for the month of July, 1868, has not been received at this office. I trust you will make no further delay in forwarding it. Very respectfully,

B. OERTLY,

Acting Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent U. S. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, August 21, 1868. SIR: Yours of the 6th is received. In reply I have to say that you will please proceed at once with the superstructure of the marine hospital under your charge, building it of rubble masonry of the character described by me when in Chicago.

You will substitute an architrave finish for the gnomes at present drawn for the windows on the wings similar in character to that on the front of the central building, except in quality of course. This will render the use of coursed rubble work corresponding with the gnomes unnecessary, and you will therefore build only a good quality of plain rubble work.

The architrave will not be dressed on the face, but left rock-finish, with a drove margin; the reveals must of course be dressed, but in so doing you will avoid every dollar's worth of work not absolutely necessary, and will do no more work than is required to bring the stone to a surface.

If the panels can be done cheaper in pieces than one stone please advise me, and send a sketch showing the construction suggested for my approval.

Keystones will be used only in the semicircular head-windows in the towers at the entrance ends of the building.

Please press the work forward as rapidly as possible and make the best arrangements you can for material, reporting your action to this office. Please send me an estimate of the cost of erecting a pier on the lake and a rough sketch of what you deem necessary. Yours, respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent U. s. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, September 14, 1868. BIR: The superintendent's estimate of funds required for the United States marine hospital at Chicago, Illinois, for the month of September, 1868, in amount $9,946 45, bas been received, and this day referred to the proper office for remittance of $10,000, a draft for which will proh. ably reach you within 10 days. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. W. B. SCATES, Esq.,

Disbursing Agent, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, September 19, 1868. SIR: Your report for the month of August, 1868, is received. You have omitted to state the price and total value of 23,205 feet of lumber used. Please inform me of this.

You will find an error of 22,500 feet of stone in the item of " cubic feet of stone laid,” under the designation of “stone work,” to which I direct your attention in preparing your next report. Your report, except as above, appears complete; but I regret to find that the basement is not yet completed. I expected and hoped that a good portion of the main story would have been completed, and that the second tier of joists would be laid this season, which I now fear will be impossible. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent Ú. 8. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, October 19, 1868. SIR: The photographs referred to in yours of the 8th instant are received, and I have to say in regard thereto that the rubble masonry is precisely the kind of work that I desire. The only fault that I can find is the one to which I alluded when in Chicago, viz: that the work is too good for our appropriation, though not too good to my taste, nor better than the government should build. Please push work vigorously, and do all you can to impress the importance of good work upon our friends. Very respectfully,

A. B, MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent U. 8. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, November 11, 1868. SIR: Upon an examination of your pay-rolls, it appears that you employ upon the work under your charge one master-carpenter, at $6 per day; one foreman of carpenters, at $5 per day, while only five or six men (carpenters) are under their charge, and while the daily wages of the carpenters in month of October amount to $19 75; that of the master-carpenter and his foreman amount to $11, or nearly 36 per cent. of the entire daily cost of that branch of the work. The employment of a foreman under such circumstances is entirely unusual, and it is believed has escaped your notice. Please give the subject your immediate attention. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, November 13, 1868. SIR: The estimates of J. D. Webster, esq., superintendent construction of United States marine hospital, Chicago, Illinois, for funds required for prosecution of work during inonth of November, has been received, and this day referred to the Commissioner of Customs for remittance of $5,200, a draft for which will probably reach you within 10 days. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. WALTER B. SCATES,

Disbursing Agent, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, November 27, 1868. SIR: I have to instruct you to close up the work under your charge without delay.

You will have it properly protected for the winter, and will do no more work than may be necessary to level up the walls so that they can be protected. In doing this, I desire to call your special attention to the importance of filling around the outer walls, so as to carry all water from the building.

You will, as soon as the work referred to above is completed, (of which you will advise me without delay,) dismiss your clerk, and all other employés, save one night and one day watchman.

You will please pay all outstanding debts and vouchers, and report to me the condition in which the building is left, with your programme of operations for the spring. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER; Esq.,

Superintendent U. S Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, December 19, 1868. Yours of the 17th instant is received. In reply I have to say that the arrangements made by you are entirely satisfactory. I regret deeply that the decision of the department made it necessary to suspend your pay during the winter. I desire to say, however, that I shall feel particularly obliged if you will visit the premises as often as you may consider necessary, and give your attention to any other matters connected with the building that will facilitate operations in the spring. Please consider yourself fully authorized to employ any persons during the winter for the repiling of the lumber or any other services you may deem necessary.

I also think it would be well if you could make arrangements to keep your team employed during the suspension of operations. If not, I see no alternative save to retain the teamster to take charge of the horses, which, it appears to me, it is hardly worth while to sell. I deeply regret that I am unable to instruct you to retain the services of your master mechanics during the winter, and trust you will be able to secure their services for the coming season.

[ should be very glad to see you here during the winter if possible, and believe that a personal consultation in regard to a programme of operations for next spring would be advantageous to the department. Should you feel able and willing to make the trip, your expenses and time will be, of course, a proper charge against the department. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent U. 8. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, December 22, 1868. SIR: In reply to your letter of advice, accompanying the report of your operations for the month of November last, I have to say that the suggestions contained therein, regarding the cutting of the stone necessary to expedite the erection of the building in the spring, are approved, and authority is hereby granted you to take such course as you deem best in your judgment to attain that end.

There remains to the credit of the appropriation the sum of $8,800 which may be disposed of for that purpose.

Your idea to resume the stone-cutting work in February or March strikes me as the better plan, and I have much pleasure in thanking you for your very valuable advice in this matter. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent Marine Hospital, Chicago, Mlinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, OFFICE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT,

December 28, 1868. Sir: Yours of the 23d instant, acknowledging receipt of department order discontinuing your pay during the winter is received.

In reply I have to say that the order is not personal, buta general one; the pay of superintendents being stopped in all cases where work is suspended. In two or three instances where the appropriation is sufficient,

and work can be prosecuted to advantage during the winter, operations have not been suspended.

In your last report you suggested preparing the stone work about the 1st of February. I think the idea a good one, and have left it discretionary with you to commence at that time, if in your opinion it is for the interests of the government to do so. In that case the whole or nearly the whole of your time will be engaged in making arrangements to commence, and attending to the protecting of the building and closing operations; there will be but a short time that you will not be drawing pay. For the time actually employed, you will, as I previously advised you, be entitled to compensation. This leaves it in your own hands, and you may rest assured that compensation will be allowed you for all time which you report yourself on duty.

Believe me I deeply regret the necessity of sending any order discontinuing pay, the decision being one of the department, and not one of my own, though I cannot see how the Secretary, under the present stringency of the law, could have done otherwise. Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent U. s. Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, January 11, 1869. DEAR SIR: The Chicago “Tribune of the 8th instant has a most infamous article headed “The Public Building Swindle," which was, to my mind, evidently dictated by some scoundrel who, having been unable · to use me as a means of stealing money from the public treasury, resorts to this method of obtaining his ends; the gist of the whole article being contained in the paragraph that no appropriations shall be granted until a contract shall have been made.

As, however, he has seen fit to refer pointedly to the cost of the building under your charge, and to express the opinion that at least one-third of the money is stolen or wasted, and as the expenditures are made by you, and only supervised by this office, and as in addition the editor of the paper publishing these assertions is generally believed to be a friend of yours, it strikes me that you should insist upon a correction.

Very respectfully,

A. B. MULLETT,

Supervising Architect. J. D. WEBSTER, Esq.,

Superintendent Marine Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

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