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Nearly every danger to navigation on this coast, 600 miles in extent, shows itself above water. Very truly, your obedient servant,
WASHINGTON A. BARTLETT,
Lieutenant U.S. N., Assistant Coast Survey. Professor A. D. BACHE,
Superintendent U. S. Coast Survey, Washington.
APPENDIX No. 2 bis.
Letter of the Superintendent of the coast survey, applying for the detail
of officers of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, with the reply of the Secretary of the Treasury, cnclosing a copy of a letter from the Secretary of War.
1. Letter from A. D. Bache, Superintendent of coast survey, to Secretary of Treasury.
2. Letter from Secretary of Treasury to A. D. Bache, Superintendent of coast survey.
3. Letter from Secretary of War to Secretary of Treasury.
HILL'S STATION, October 3, 1850. Str: Within the past three years, three officers of the Corps of Topographical Engineers have been relieved from service on the coast survey, without being replaced. I have been made aware, by personal communication with Colonel Abert, that the exigencies of his service did not permit the details which í desired, and have therefore foreborne to make applications which must be declined. The wants of the coast survey are, however, now so pressing, that I have no choice but to request that you will make application to the Secretary of War for the services of four officers of Topographical Engineers, including one to replace Captain Humphreys, who has recently been detached by order of the Secretary Very respectfully, yours,
A. D. BACHE, Superintendent United States Coast Survey. Hon. THOMAS CORWIN,
Secretary of the Treasury.
October 25, 1850. Sir: I transmit herewith a copy of a letter, dated the 24th instant, from the Secretary of War, with accompanying report from Colonel
Abert, chief of Topographical Engineers, on the subject of the application made to the War Department for detail of officers of the Topographic Corps, upon coast survey service. For the reasons stated, it will be sec. that no officer can at this time be detailed for the survey. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Seretary of the Treasury. Professor A. D. Bache,
Superintendent United States Coast Survey.
October 21, 1850. Sir: I have the honor to enclose to you the report of Colonel Abert, chief of Topographical Engineers, upon your application of the 7th instant for four officers of said corps for the coast survey service.
I regret that, for the reasons assigned by Colonel Abert, it will be out of my power to comply with your reqnest at this time; but so soon as it can conveniently with the duties of the corps be done, the application shall receive the prompt action of the department. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. M. CONRAD,
Scretary of War. Hon. THOMAS CORWIN,
Secretary of the Treasury.
BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS. SIR: In reference to the application of the superintendent of the coast survey, through the Treasury Department, for the services of four of eers of this corps, I have the honor to submit the following report: The corps consists of
5 brevet second lieutenants, attached: In all, 41 officers of all grades. The following detailed exhibition their positions and duties is given that the honorable Secretary may fully understand the case:
1. The colonel, in charge of the bureau.
2. The lieutenant colonel, in charge of the survey of the lakes, with two lieutenants as assistants.
3. Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Long, in charge of the improvenent of the western rivers and the building of certain marine hospitals.
4. Major Bache, with one assistant, in charge of all the barbor improvements on Delaware river and bay, with the construction of the ight-house on Brandywine shoals, and with the erection of a beacon upon a shoal off Nantucket, Massachusetts.
5. Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Graham, in charge of the estoration of the maps of the northeastern boundary, with one lieutenant is assistant.
6. Major (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) Turnbull, an assistant to the bueau, in special charge of certain light-house constructions and of the construction of certain marine hospitals.
7. Captain Canfield, in charge of the construction of the light-house on the Waugoshance shoal, straits of Michilimackinac.
8. Captain (Brevet Colonel) G. W. Hughes, with one lieutenant as assistant, in charge of the survey and examinations in reference to the supply of water for the city of Washington.
10. Captain T. J. Cram, on the coast survey.
11. Captain (Brevet Lieutenant Colonel) McClellan, on the survey of the Mexican boundary, under the Department of the Interior, with two lieutenants. Brevet Major Emory, on the same duly, closing up survey from Pacific to Colorado.
12. Captain Stansbury and one lieutenant, now out on the survey of the Salt lake and vicinity.
13. Captain (Brevet Major) Linnard, superintending the construction of the light house on Carysfoot reef, Florida.
14. Captain (Brevet Colonel) J. E. Johnstone, with five lieutenants as assistants, engaged on the surveys and examinations in Texas, and between the Mississippi and the Rio Grande.
15. Captain Thomas J. Lee, an assistant to the bureau.
16. Captain A. A. Humphreys, just relieved from the coast survey, required, with two lieutenants as assistants, for surveys on the Mississippi.
17. Lieutenant Simpson and one assistant, at Santa Fe, on surveys and examinations in that vicinity.
18. First Lieutenant (Brevet Captain) Sitgreaves, reducing map from the Mississippi to the Pacific. This map was compiled at the burean, under a resolution of the Senate, and is now being reduced under a resolution from the same authority,
19. First Lieutenant Woodruff, on the survey of an Indian boundary, under application from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
20. First lieutenant Palmer, on sick leave. 21. First Lieutenant Webster, in charge of works on west shore of Lake Michigan; also superintending the crection of a light-house at Chicago, and also at the mouth of the Calumet; also superintending the construction of a marine hospital at Chicago.
22. Two lieutenants, Derby and Williamson, on duty with the troops in California.
23. Two lieutenants, Franklin and Peck, on duty at the Military Academy.
From the foregoing expositions, the Hon. Secretary will perceive that, of the 41 officers of the corps, there are now two under the Department of Stute, five under the Department of the Interior, two at the Military Academy, one on sick leave—making ten in all, and leaving but thirr one for the surveys and other duties of the bureau; and from the expostion of these last duties, it will be seen that it is not possible, withcu: serious injury to the public duties of the bureau, to withdraw one from these. In fact, it is not in my power to meet the demands of officers in command for the assistants they require-on which account, and on a count of other duties, numbers of civil engineers have to be employed in the execution of surveys.
From these considerations, the Hon. Secretary will perceive that I as obliged to report against complying with the application of Professor Bache
The most in my power to recommend is that the application be approved. on the condition that it should be complied with whenever the same ca be done without injury to the duties of the bureau. Respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
J. ). ABERT,
Colonel Corps l'opographical Engineers. Hon. C. M. CONRAD,
Secretary of War.
APPENDIX No. 3.
Correspondence in relation to surveys of portions of San Francisco kvm
required by the Engincer department for the joint commission,
1st. Letter of the Secretary of the Treasury to the superintendent the coast survey, enclosing copy of communication from the War Da partment, in relation to surveys required by joint commission of army air. navy officers on western coast.
2d. Letter from the Secretary of War to the Secretary of the Treasury enclosed in the foregoing.
3d. Extracts from the letter of the Chief Engineer, General Totten, the Secretary of War, in relation to the same surveys.
4th. Reply of superintendent of coast survey to the Secretary of th Treasury, in relation to surveys, and requesting the detail of officers engineers in making them.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, October 14, 1850. Sir: I transmit herewith a copy of a communication from the War 1} partment, dated the 12th instant, with enclosures, in reference to surve needed by that department for defensive works at certain indicated pe tions in California," and, in the absence of any funds at the disposal that department applicable to the object, suggesting whether the surver referred to do not probably fall within the scope of the operations of the coast survey, and hence may be executed at an early period by the par ties engaged upon that work.
I have to request to be furnished with a report of your views on the subject. Be pleased to return the enclosures with your answer. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Secretary of the Treasury. Professor A. D. Bache,
Superintendent U. S. Coast Survey, Washington, D. C.
War DEPARTMENT, Washington, October 12, 1850. Sir: The joint board of engineers and naval officers now engaged in the selection of sites for defensive works on the Pacific coast have applied to this department to have surveys made of certain positions indicated by them. There being, however, no funds at the disposal of the department applicable to this object, the Chief Engineer, in a communication herewith transmitted, representing the importance of the early completion of these surveys, suggests that they will probably fall within the scope of the operations of the coast survey, and may be executed at an early period by the aid of the parties engaged upon that work. Concurring in the views of the Chief Engineer, I have the honor to request that such aid as can be afforded through your department may be given to the accomplishment of these important surveys, in the manner indicated by the communication of the Chief Engineer and the accompanying papers, herewith transmitted. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WM. A. GRAHAM,
Acting Secretary of War. Honorable THOMAS CORWIN,
Secretary of the Treasury.
ENGINEER DEPARTMENT, Washington, October 11, 1850. Sır: Having been informed that the Topographical Bureau has no funds with which to execute the surveys on the coast of the Pacific called for by the joint board of engineers and naval officers, and being impressed with the necessity of completing these surveys, in order to a commencement, at the earliest day practicable, of defensive works on the important positions selected by the joint board, I have to suggest that application be made to the Secretary of the Treasury for aid in the matter, through the operations about to be undertaken, as I understand, on the same portion of that coast, under the Superintendent of the coast survey.
It is probable that the surveys called for by the joint board would, at any rate, fall within the early operations of the coast survey, as they embrace headlands and anchorages most important to be accurately kyown to navigators—being the two shores of the entrance to San Francisco