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Synopsis of the contracts made by the Secretary of the Navy for the transmission of the mails, by steamships, between

New York and New Orleans, via Havana, and between Havana and Panama, and between New York and Liverpool.

Transferred to

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Albert G Sloo, of the The establishment of a line of five steamships, of 1,500 tons burden each, to be built Geo. Law, Marshall $290,000, on full per

city of Cincinnati, under the supervision of the naval constructor, and to be convertible into war o. Roberts, & Bowes formance, and a pro.
Ohio, on the 20:h of steamers of the first class, with engines of not less than a thousand horse-power R. McIlvaine, of the portional part there-
April, 1847, for the each—with privilege, on consent of the Secretary of the Navy, to make one of the city of New York,

of for partial per-
term of ten years ships of not less than 600 tons burden, with engines in proportion—to transport the on the 17th day of formance.
from date of com- United States mail from New York to New Orleans twice a month and back, touch-

August, 1847.
mencement of ser- ing at Charleston, (if practicable,) Savannah, and Havana; and from Havana to

Chagres and back twice a month; and to receive on board of each ship, and suit-
ably accommodate, without charge to the United States government, an agent, to be
appointed by the Postmaster General, who shall have charge of the mails to be
transported therein, and shall provide safe and convenient apartments on board of
said ships for said mails and agents. The mail service to be commenced by each
ship as soon as it shall be ready therefor Two of said ships to be completed by
the 1st of October, 1848, and the whole line in full and entire operation by the 1st
of October, 1849—subject to receive a naval commander and four midshipmen for
each ship, and to be under the control of the Secretary of the Navy, and liable to

be purchased by the government, under an appraisement, &c.
Arnold Harris, of the The transportation of the mail from Panama to Astoria, or to such other port as the Wm. H. Aspinwall, $199,000.

State of Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy may select in the Territory of Oregon, once a month each of the city of New
on the 16h day of way, so as to connect with the mail from Havana to Chagres, across the isthmus; York, on the 19th
November, 1847, for and for that purpose to furnish not less than three sea steamers-two of not less day of November,
the 'erm of ten years than 1,000 tons burden, and the other of not less than 600 tons burden-to be built 1847.
from the 1st day of under inspectors selected by the Navy Department, convertible into war steamers,
October, 1848.

with right to the Navy Department to control them and direct their repairs, and
subject to be taken by the United States for their use, on appraise ment, Said
steamers to be approved or rejected before leaving the port of New York, and to
sail from said port, unless detained by the Navy Department, on or before the 1st
of October, 1848. Each steamer to convey, and suitably accommodate and support,
a government agent, free of charge, and to touch at one or two intermediate points
on the conut of Oregon, as the Navy Department shall direct, with privilege to the

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$385,000.

Modification of the above, by order of the Secretary of the Navy, under date of

June 10, 1848:
The steamers to proceed no further north than San Francisco. The mail service to

Oregon to be performed in connexion with the steamers, in suitable sailing vessels,
to the mouth of Kalumet river, in licu of Astoria, with the reserved right of the
Navy Department to require the steamers to go to Astoria, the Straits of Fuca, or

other point to be selected on the coast of Oregon.
In consideration of which, the steamers are to touch, free of charge, at the three points

occupied by the United States squadron, or at such ports on the west coast, south
of Oregon, not exceeding three in number, as may be required by the Navy De-

partment, after the restoration of peace with Mexico.
Edward K. Collins and The construction of five steamships, not less than 2,000 tons each, nor less than 1,000

his associates, Jas. horse-power each, or 33 cubic feet of cylinder to every 100 tons register, of
Brown and Stewart sufficient strength for war purposes, and convertible into war steamers of the first
Brown, of the city class—to be built under the inspection of a naval constructor. Said ships to carry,
and State of New accommodate, and subsist four passed midshipmen, to be detailed by the Navy
York, on the 1st day Department, to serve as watch officers, and one agent, to be appointed by the Post-
of November, 1847, master General, who is to have charge of the mails; and to convey in said ships,
for the term of ten in proper apartments to be provided for them, all mails from New York to Liver-
years from date of

pool, and from Liverpool to New York. Said mails to be carried twice each
commencement of

month during eight months in the year, and once a month during four months in
service.

the year. One of said ships to be ready to take the mail on the 1st of May, 1849,
Commencement of ser- (postponed by act of Congress till 1st of June, 1850,) and the three others as soon

vice postponed by thereafter as each may be required to take its place in the line; and the fifth shall
act of Congress of be commenced and built as early as may be practicable thereafter. When not
March 3, 1849.

employed in the mail service, to be subject to the order of the Navy Department,
for carrying despatches, at a fair compensation, to be agreed upon; also, subject to
to be taken for the exclusive use of the service of the United States, at such price
as shall be determined by appraisers—two to be selected by the Secretary of the
Navy and two by Collins and his associates, which four shall select a fifth in case
of disagreement.

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