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Amount brought forward, ... $ with, by allowing him a specific price for the labor of himself and team, and requiring him to render a strict account of expenses, and that there was paid to him in this manner, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 3,422 17 The deposition of Elijah Somers will show that he succeeded Jacobs in the use of the excavators, working upon the same terms, and accounting in the same manner, and that there was paid to him for such work, 1,298 64 There was paid for cordage for the scows and excavators, while in use, and for transporting the same, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453 76 There was paid to A. H. Gates for work at the Musquito Point bar,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 52 There was also paid to Aaron Satterlee for work on the river, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . There was also paid to Alfred Wayland for boarding hands at work under Jacobs, ... 68 60

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Thus making the accounts of expenditures exactly balance the payments made. An examination of the testimony referred to, will give particularly the history of these expenditures, as will also, to a considerable extent, the deposition of John Jackway. The scows with all the machinery, remain the property of the commissioners, and in their hands, but their present value was not ascertained.

Included in the accounts of Elijah Somers, and for which he was allowed and paid upon his settlement with the commissioners, were charges for hiring men to stay in and take care of these boats during the winter, as will be seen by his affidavit. It was alleged that the property connected with these boats, would be liable to plunder if they were not thus tended ; but the necessity of the expense incurred for this object, did not seem to be very apparent, though it is possible a more perfect knowledge of the property to be taken care of might have rendered it so.

Expenses of Surveying.

The following sums were paid for surveying, with a view to making a description and valuation of the lands to be assessed for the expense of draining the marshes, and for making maps, descriptions, assessment rolls of the original valuation, &c.

Rendition A. Vouchers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 25, 28, 30, 31, in all, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,845 17 These payments are accounted for in the deposition of John Mc

Fadden, who was then one of the commissioners, and who, being a surveyor, was employed by the commissioners to make these surveys. The expenses, therefore, covered by, these vouchers, were incurred under his immediate direction, as the principal surveyor, and he testifies to their correctness. Payments to John McFadden, as Commissioner. Rendition A. Voucher 32, from May 6 to December 27, 1825, 51 days, $127 50 Payments to Job Tyler, as Commissioner. Rendition A. Voucher No. 26, from April 30 to Dec.

Payments to Engineers.

The following sums have been paid for engineering, done under the employ and direction of the commissioners, in the course of the work upon the drain, and upon the several bars in the bed of the river.

Rendition A. Vouchers No. 21, 22, amounting to..... $159 03

44 44 “ 8, 9, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 64 44 G. 6,. . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 47 684 44 “ 6, 26, 31, 34,............ 169 40 &4 “ 4, 5, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 43 {{ “ 11, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 00 44 “ 19, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 844 44 “ 3, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 62 44 44 4, 15, 16, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 53

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These payments, with one exception, are proved by the testimony of David Thomas, Noah Dennis, and Daniel D. Thomas. David Thomas was appointed engineer of this work, by the law of 1826, and it will appear, as well from his testimony, as that of others, that the commissioners have pursued the general plan of the work adopted and advised by him. He appointed Dennis his assistant, and the commissioners afterwards employed him as a resident engineer of the work on the drain. He was also otherwise casually employed, as will be seen by his testimony. Daniel D. Thomas was employed but very little, and one payment only, and that small, was made to him as engineer, though he acted as rod-man to Dennis for some time. One payment will be seen to have been made to Charles T. Whippo, and the mention of his services will be found in the depositions of the Richardsons, of John Jackway, and of Noah Dennis.

Payments to the Commissioners for Services.

The .* are the payments which have been made to the commissioners, from time to time, appointed under the several acts for draining the Cayuga marshes, their compensation being, by the said laws, fixed at two dollars and fifty cents per day, to wit:

Payments to Ira Hopkins, as Commissioner. Rendition A. Voucher No. 25, from 30th April to 24th

December, 1825, 494 days,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... $123 75 “ “ 29, 25 Dec. to 28, 3 days, . . . . . . . . . 7 50 “ B. 7, 6 Jan. to 15 Mar. 1826, 124 days, 31 25

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24, 1825, 32 days, . . . . . . . . . . . . $80 00

co “ 27, 26 and 27 Dec. 1825, 2 days,...... 5 00 &g B. 6, from 31 Jan. to 13 April, 1826, 7dys. 17 50 $102 50

Payments to David Thomas, as Commissioner.

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16 Dec. 1829, to 26 Jan. 1830, 13 32 50

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Days. No. 27, “ 27 Jan. to 10 March, “ 18 45 00 29, “10 March, to 10 June, “ 36 90 00 $1,056 25

- Payments to Squire Mauro, as Commissioner.

Days. No. 14, previous to 24 June, 1826, 34 $7 59 14, in the month of July, “ 6 15 00 15, from 1 Aug. to 28 Sept. “ 6 15 00 8, “ 15 Dec. 1826, to 27 Jan. 1827, 8 20 00 12, “ 28 Sept. to 15 Dec. 1826, 8 20 00 23, “ 27 Jan. to 3 Feb. 1827, 2 5 00 25, “ 3 Feb. to 3 March, “ 3 7 50 $90 09 --

Payments to Jethro Wood, as Commissioner.

Days. No. 32, previous to April 27, 1827, 20 $50 00 7, from 27 April, to 21 Dec. “ 181 452 50 8, “ 22 Dec. 1827, to 25 Feb. 1828, 54 135 00 1, “18 April, to 9 June, “ 45 112 50 4, “ 27 Feb. to 17 April, “ 46 115 00 10, “ 9 June, to 18 Aug. ** 60 150 00 17, “ 19 Aug. to 14 Oct. “ 49 122 50 26, “ 14 Oct. to 15 Dec. “ 53 132 50 6, “ 3 March, to 3 June, 1829, 76 190 00 8, “ 16 Dec. 1828, to 2 March, “ 65 162 50 2, “ 4 June, to 8 Aug. “ 57 142 50 8, “ 10 Aug. to 15 Oct. * 57 142 50 24, “ 15 Oct. 1829, to 26 Jan. 1830, 75 187 50 26, “ 27 Jan. to 10 March, “ 37 92 50 33, “ 10 March, to 9 June, ** 60 150 00 $2,337 50

Payments to Humphrey Howland, as Commissioner.

Rendition G. voucher No. 13, previous to 23 April,

1828, 4 days,. . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $10 00

o RECAPITULATION.

Payment for services as com’r, to Ira Hopkins . . . . . . . $162 50 44 Co. “ to John M'Fadden,.... 127 50 44 44 “ to Job Tyler, . . . . . . . . . 102 50 44 44 “ to David Thomas, . . . . . 73 75 44 44 “ to John Jackway, ..... 1,056 25 &c. 44 “ to Squire Munro,. . . . . . 90 09 &c. &g “ to Jethro Wood, ...... 2,337 50 44 44 “ to Humphrey Howland, 10 00

Total payments to commissioners for services, ... . . . . . $3,960 09

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It has been thought proper to give at length each voucher for these charges, and the time covered by each, that the Legislature may see the relative proportion of time which each commissioner has charged. These charges have been the subject of complaint, especially in regard to Mr. Wood, and particular evidence in relation to his charges for services will be found in his own deposition and in the deposition of Royal Torrey. Other witnesses were also inquired of in relation to his services, and slight mention of the subject will be found in several other depositions; but no other persons examined assumed to possess sufficient knowledge upon the subject to speak with any particularity in regard to the justness of the charges. Three of the other commissioners, to wit: Messrs. M'Fadden, Thomas and Jackway, were examined, and their depositions are referred to for proof as to their services.

The others were not present at the examination, and have not been examined. The dates of the charges will show about the periods from which to which each commissioner was in office. Mr. Howland seems never to have charged but four days, and it is understood that he immediately resigned the office after the first meeting with the commissioners.

The sums before given, as the respective payments to the commissioners, will not in many cases agree with the whole amount of the voucher, as appearing upon the abstract, the reason of which is, that the commissioner had frequently made small miscellaneous payments during the course of his services, the vouchers for which he would present to the board of commissioners and obtain one draft, embracing his account for services and for these small payments. Whenever this is the fact, the same voucher will be again found under the head of miscellaneous payments, with the amount of these disbursements carried out against it, and the two sums will agree with the amount upon the abstract. In all these cases the vouchers for the disbursements are annexed to the draft of the commissioners, and are so returned to this office.

o Compensation to the Treasurers of the Commissioners.

The following are the allowances which were made by the commissioners to their treasurers for their services in drawing the mo

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