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COURT-HOUSE AND POST OFFICE, SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. This building has been completed and occupied, and is believed to be one of the most convenient buildings in the country. It has been built in the most substantial manner, and at lower rates than those paid on other public works in the same locality. The management of the late superintendent was not satisfactory, but in spite of this and other disadvantages, the building is a cheap as well as a most substantial structure, It is to be regretted that the estimates for grading and paving submitted at the last Congress were not granted, as the work could readily have been performed this season, and at a less expense than hereafter. The entire cost of superintendence could have been saved, and the great annovance to the citizens of Springfield obviated. I would strongly urge the purchase of an additional strip of land adjoining the property on the east side for the protection of the building.
BRANCH MINT, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. This building is no longer used for mint purposes, and is of very little practical value to the government. I would recommend that an arrangement be made for the disposal of the property to the city of New Orleans, the site having been donated to the United States by that city to be used for mint purposes only. It is, in its present condition, little more than a source of expense to the government, the necessity for a mint at New Orleans having apparently ceased.
UNITED STATES BRANCH MINT, DALLES CITY, OREGON. The erection of this building was commenced in February last, and, considering the difficulty of procuring mechanics and materials, a very fair rate of progress has been made. The foundation and basement walls have been completed, a considerable portion of the walls of the first story built, and it is believed that the work can be completed the coming season. The building will be two stories in height, of rubble stone. It is of much the same character as the branch mint at Carson City, Nevada, but it is believed that it can be erected for a less sum than the latter, the cost of transportation, and consequently of material, being far less, though the general high prices ruling on the Pacific coast render building operations of all kinds very costly. The management of the superintendent has thus far been very satisfactory.
BRANCH MINT, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. The lot was carefully tested by boring, and the character of the soil proving entirely satisfactory, work was commenced in March last and has been pushed forward in a rapid and efficient manner. Arrangements had been made to obtain stone from the government quarries on Angel Island, near San Francisco, but it was found, on examination, so difficult to obtain a sufficient supply of a satisfactory color, that it was abandoned, and proposals obtained for granite and other stone. After a careful examination of the various samples submitted, it was decided to build the basement story of granite from the Penrhyn quarries and the superstructure of a most beautiful and durable dark blue freestone. By this arrangement a considerable saving will be effected and the beauty of the building increased. The building is to be two stories and a basement in height, 221 by 164 feet, with an interior courtyard 102 by 44 feet.
BRANCH MINT, CARSON CITY. After a personal inspection of this building, which has at last been entirely completed, I am compelled, in justice to the superintendent, to say that I believe it to be one of the most faithfully and economically constructed buildings in the United States; indeed, I am surprised at the result accomplished, when the enormous prices of labor and material and the difficulties and embarrassments incident to insufficient appropriations are considered. A great deal of criticism has been elicited in regard to the size of the building, which has been pronounced unnecessarily large, but I do not hesitate to assert that if a mint is needed at Carson City, the building is too small, and that it will require additions at no distant day. A fuel shed and blacksmith's shop is much needed, and should be erected without delay.
PUBLIC STORE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
This building was purchased in 1833, and by the rapid increase of the commerce at Baltimore, it has become entirely inadequate for the transaction of the appraisers' business which is carried on therein. The building has been remodeled and a steam-heating and hoisting apparatus provided. The relief thus granted will, however, be but temporary, and I would recommend that steps be taken to provide a suitable building for the use of this very important branch of the public service.
APPRAISERS' STORES, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
It is much to be regretted that a sufficient amount was not appropriated at the last session of Congress to complete this building this season, which might easily have been done, and the building now occupied, the rent saved, and an income derived from the portion to be devoted to storage.
The exterior walls are now finished and only require the roof to have the building entirely inclosed. It is one of the finest warehouses in the world, and will, when completed, be second to none of its class within my knowledge. It is greatly needed for the government, and I cannot too strongly urge the importance of its early completion.
BARGE OFFICE, NEW YORK.
Work on this improvement has progressed very slowly and under great disadvantages, not the least of which was the lack of funds to enable the department to contract for the construction of the entire seawall this season, the appropriations asked for having been reduced below the amount necessary for its completion. From the peculiar location of the work operations are carried on with great difficulty, the work being under water and necessarily performed by divers, which, of course, has rendered its progress slow. It is hoped, however, that it will be so far advanced this season as to prevent injury from the ice and spring floods, otherwise considerable damage will probably occur.
No appropriation has yet been made for the erection of the building, preparations for commencing which might be made before the completion of the wall and at a great saving of expense.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. B. MULLETT,
Supervising Architect. Hon. GEORGE S. BOUTWELL,
Secretary of the Treasury.
Tabular statement of custom-houses, court-houses, post offices, branch mints, &c., under the charge of this office, erhibiting the cost of site, date of purchase, contract price for construction, actual cost of construction, and the total cost of the work, including site, altera
tions and repairs, to June 30,
[Note.—Sums marked with an asterisk (*) denote “Building and site.")
Total cost Date of purNature and location of work. Cost of site. of con- to June 30, chase. “..." struction. 1-co. custom-houses.
Alexandria, Va., (old) ............ Nov. 25, 1820 | *$6,000 00 |............. $8,246 46 $14,396 46 Alexandria, Va., (new) -------.... May 3, 1856 16,000 00 $37,149 37 57,913 64 77,961 89 Astoria, Or., (old) ...... . Mar. 27, 1856 900 00 l--------------------------------------Astoria, Or., (new) (a)... May 7, 1868 8,000 00 10,567 25 Bath, Me....... ..... Feb. 7, 1852 15,000 C0 105,440 41
, Me...... June 5, 1851 15,000 00 195,238 47 Barnstable, Mass. April 24, 1855 1,500 00 37, 489 93 Baltimore, Md.... July 16, 1817 | *70,000 00 -------------|------.......!...---------Baltimore, Md (b). Feb. 10, 1853 | *110,000 00 i. 893,217 57 Baltimore. Md.. May 28, 1857 |*207,000 00 |.............!...... ......].-----------Belfast, Me... Oct. 4, 1856 5,600 00 38,534 or Boston, Mass. Aug. 29, 1837 180,000 00 1, 103,431 25 Bristol, R.I..... Mar. 12, 1856 4, 4-0 00 28, on to Buffalo, N.Y Jan. 22, 1855 45,000 00 282, 450 77 Burlington, Vt. Mar. 30, 1855 7,750 00 55.798.31 Cairo, Ill (c) ............ April 28, 1866 ............. 139, 958 or Castine, Me................ A 6, 1833 1,200 00 . 1.4383.3 Charleston, S.C., (old). Feb. 14, 1818 *60,000 00 |. 70,000 00 Charleston, S. C., (new ...[ July 10, 1849 || 130,000 00 1,939, 948 46 2, 107,575 o Cleveland, Ohio....... ..] April 9, 1856 30,000 00 , 236 30 189,565. 11 Cincinnati, Ohio. Sept. 1, 1851 50,000 00 I. 242, 19723 360, o Chicago, Ill. Jan. 10, 1855 26, 6-0 00 . Chicago, Ill. July 1, 1857 34,200 00 Chicago, Ill Jan. 26, 1865 8,400 00 . Detroit, Mic Nov. 13, 1855 24,000 00 Dubuque, Iowa . 20,000 00
New York, N. Y. ... --- -
Feb. 17, 1857
Oct. 4, 1828
Statement of custom-houses, court-houses, post offices, and branch mints,.gc.—Continued.
(a) In course of erection.
builling erected on site.
building destroyed by fire January 8, 1854.
1840; present building erected on sito;
(0) In course of erection.
vania Bank building. (dd) Use of site granted.
TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES,
Washington, November 1, 1869. SIR: The following statements of the receipts and expenditures of the Treasury of the United States, made in pursuance of statutory law, are most respectfully submitted. They exhibit the business transactions of the office located at the seat of government, and include as well all the offices belonging thereto, comprising all the offices of Assistant Treasurers, officers designated as depositaries of the moneys of the United States, and all national banks that have been designated as such depositaries, by or through which money has been received or disbursed—all under their appropriate heads; and also showing the movement of the office in the past, as compared with the present, accompanied with suggestions for the future, for the fiscal year ending with the 30th day of June, 1869.
The books of the office were closed at the date specified, after the entry therein of all moneys received and disbursed, on authorized warrants, within said fiscal year, as follows: