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17, 562 18 REPORT OF THE SIXTH AUDITOR OF THE TREASURY.
OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR OF THE TREASURY,
Washington, October 19, 1869. SIR: In accordance with the uniform custom of this office, I respect. fully submit the subjoined statement of the clerical labors performed in this bureau during the past fiscal year.
The forthcoming annual report of this office to the Postmaster General will exhibit in detail all that pertains to the financial transactions of the Post Office Department.
SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL LABORS.
The postal accounts between the United States and the foreign governments have been promptly and satisfactorily adjusted to the latest period. Twenty-seven thousand eight hundred and fifty-three corrected quarterly accounts of postmasters have been examined, copied, resettled, and mailed; 102,358 accounts of postmasters have been examined, adjusted,and registered ; 175,700 letters were received, indorsed, and properly disposed of, 212 of which contained the amount of $7,980 96, which has been deposited with the Treasurer of the United States to the credit of the parties remitting the same; 119,390 letters were answered, recorded, and mailed; 14,816 drafts were issued to mail contractors and others; 5,303 warrants were issued to mail contractors and others.
The number of folio post pages of correspondence recorded, viz: 2,940 pages in collection book; 171 pages in report book; 890 pages in suit book; 873 pages in miscellaneous book.
Of money-order accounts, 87,620 have been settled, involving the amount of $ 16,130,487 95; 1,540 letters relating to money-order affairs were written, copied, and mailed.
Of mail contractors' accounts, 25,336 were adjusted and reported for payment; 84,173 collection orders were transmitted to mail contractors; 377 miscellaneous accounts were audited and reported for payment; 538 special agents' accounts were audited and reported for payment; 6,712 letter-carriers' accounts were settled; 6,000 special mail carriers' accounts were settled ; 8,708 mail messengers' accounts were settled ; 5,518 accounts of railway postal clerks, route agents, local mail agents, and baggage-masters were settled ; 64 accounts of attorneys, marshals, and clerks of the United States courts were reported for payment; $314,160 84 was collected from special and mail messenger offices; $2,229,731 99, aggregate amount of drafts issued to mail contractors and others; $9,428,173 48, aggregate amount of warrants issued to mail contractors and others; $2,333,898 76 was received of postmasters by mail contractors on collection orders; $1,183,915 31 was paid to letter-carriers; $79,565 41 was paid for advertising.
The collection division has had charge of the following numbers of accounts, viz: 27,106 accounts of present postmasters; 44,882 accounts of postmasters who had become late ; $23,680 11 was collected from mail contractors by collection drafts for over collections made by them from postmasters; $73,359 62, amount of internal revenue tax received by postmasters, and amounts withheld from other persons, paid to the Treasurer of the United States. 192 suits were instituted for the recovery of balances due the United States, amounting to $92,162 37, together with 8385,000 penalties, making, in aggregate, 8477,162 37. 156 judgments were obtained in favor of the United States.
In addition, many duties of an important character have been discharged, requiring much time and labor, which it would not be practicable to particularize in this report.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, J. J. MARTIN, Auditor. Hon. GEORGE S. BouTwell, Secretary of the Treasury.
REPORT OF THE SUPERVISING ARCHITECT OF THE
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, Office of the Supervising Architect, October 30, 1869.
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report on the condition of the public property under the supervision of this office, together with an exhibit of the expenditures made under its direction during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1869, and of the total cost to that date of the various public buildings, with the construction, preservation, and custody of which it has been charged. The tables of expenditures have been closed at that date, in accordance with your directions to conform to the usage of the department. It has been thought advisable, however, to give a synopsis of the progress of the various works under its charge to the present date, as heretofore.
The business of this office has greatly increased during the past year, not only in the number and importance of the buildings in course of construction, which are largely in excess of any previous period in its history, but from the assignment of new duties and from other causes that will be explained hereafter; and as the duties of this office are not generally understood, I have thought it desirable to give the following brief synopsis of them. They now embrace the purchase, sale, and supervision of all real estate belonging to, or under the custody of the Treasury Department, excepting light-house property. The preparation of desigus, estimates and specifications for buildings; the supervision of their construction; the repairs and improvement, the furnishing, lighting, and heating of those already completed; and the construction and supply of all vaults and safes used by the department.
Upon taking charge of this office I found that no record existed of the real estate owned by the department; that the title papers were in various hands, and that in many cases no official record existed to show that the property belonged to the government. Under the instructions and by the authority of the late Secretary of the Treasury, a thorough