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those described, should you be able to procure them, of good quality, ready made: these should be for oxen, with the necessary yokes, bows, &c.; for the others you will procure good substantial harness for four mules each.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain E. HARDING,

A. A. Quartermaster, Pittsburg,

JUNE 3, 1846. SIR: I here with enclose a charter party this day entered into by Captain A. R. Hetzel, assistant quartermaster, with Lieutenant J. T. McLaughlin, for the services of the iron steamer Hunter on the Rio Grande, or elsewhere, if required. Should you have no other supplies with which to freight the Hunter, you will load her with coal, as that is an article which will always be required at the principal depot, as well as on the river.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieut. Colonel Thos. F. Hunt,

Deputy Q. M. General, New Orleans.

JUNE 3, 1846. Sir: I enclose herewith a plan and description of an iron boat to be used as a tow boat on the Rio del Norte, and other southwestern rivers. You will ascertain and report to me for what sum you can have such boats constructed in Pittsburg; and should from six to ten be required, at what time they can be ready.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain E. HARDING,

A. A. Quartermaster, Pittsburg.

[Extracts.]

June 3, 1846. Sir: You are assigned to duty with the army of occupation, and will proceed, by the way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, to General Taylor's head-quarters, and report to him.

You are authorized to employ clerks, agents, conductors, teamsters, laborers, mechanics, and any other description of persons or force which may in your judgment, or that of the general commanding, be necessary to the efficiency of the department; and you will leave nothing undone which it is possible to accomplish to insure the success of the army.

Keep me promptly and fully advised of the wants of the department and of the army, and of the operations of both.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieut. Colonel H. WHITING,

Deputy Q. M. General, Washington city.

June 4, 1846. Sır: Enclosed you will receive a specification of the mule harness and wagon saddle procured for this department in Philadelphia, which will serve as a guide in procuring the harness referred to in my letter of the 2d instant. As fast as wagons and harness can be made, you are requested to ship them to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt, deputy quartermaster general, New Orleans.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain E. HARDING,

A. A. Quartermaster, Pittsburg.

JUNE 9, 1846. COLONEL: The steamer McKim has been offered to me for sale or charter. Not feeling disposed to interfere in the details of your operations, nor under any circumstances disposed to purchase a steamer unless she be suited, beyond question, for the service required by the department in the gulf, I have declined purchasing her; but at the request of a gentleman here, I take great pleasure in introducing to your acquaintance Captain Page, who commands her. I will enclose to you to-day the proposition of the owners, on which you will act as you may think best for the interests of the service.

TH..S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieut. Colonel T. F. Hunt,

Deputy Q. M. General, New Orleans.

JUNE 9, 1846. SIR: I enclose a report of Colonel Stanton in relation to the steamer McKim; also a proposition from the owners for the charter or sale of the vessel. You will, if you find her adapted in every respect for the service, give her employment if you should think it advisable to do so; or you are authorized to purchase her, should you consider that course advantageous to the public interests.

TH. S. JESUP,. .

Quartermaster General. Lieut. Colonel T. F. Hunt,

Deputy Q. M. General, New Orleans.

[PER TELEGRAPH.]

JUNE 11, 1846. Sir: Yours of yesterday's date has been received. The wagons and harness to which you refer will be shipped to Colonel Hunt, New Orleans, on board the steamer McKim.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Major D. D. TOMPKINS,

Quartermaster, Philadelphia.

JUNE 11, 1846. SIR: I have received your letters of the 7th and 8th inst. You can have the hubs of the wagons of oak or birch. The advantage of gum hubs in the southern portion of our country is, that it does not crack, as oak and other woods do, by exposure to the rain and sun. In other particulars the wagons should, as nearly as possible, be made to conform to the specifications sent to you. Have them completed and sent to Colonel Hunt, at New Orleans, as rapidly as possible. Purchase all the ox wagons you can obtain ready made: send with them the necessary chains, yokes, and bows. I return the proposals of Knapp and Totten for building iron tow boats: you will exercise a sound discretion in relation to the bulk heads proposed to be added to the several sections of the boats.

I enclose a proposition made by the same gentlemen to, Colonel Whiting. The proposals of Townsend and Company for wagons are also returned.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain E. HARDING,

A. A. Quartermaster, Pittsburg, Pa.

JUNE 11, 1846. · Sır: I sent you to-day by telegraph directions to ship the wagons and harness, now ready, to New Orleans, on board the steamer McKim, which it is understood will sail in a few days for that place: the other wagons and harness will, as completed, be shipped to that place.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Major D. D. TOMPKINS,

Quartermaster, Philadelphia.

JUNE 12, 1846. SIR: I have been informed to-day that there are at Columbus several light draught steamboats that would answer as tow boats on the shoal rivers of Texas and Mexico, and that they can be purchased at from eight to fifteen thousand dollars each. If you can obtain one or two boats of the description referred'to, I wish you to buy them, provided you can take the Georgia troops in them to New Orleans. I would suggest that you can consult Major John H. Howard, of Columbus, on the subject. He is a gentleman on whom I entirely rely; and I am sure he will afford you every aid in his power in obtaining boats, either by purchase or charter, on the best terms.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain M. M. CLARK,

Assistant Quartermaster, Columbus, Ga.

JUNE 12, 1846. Sir: I received to-day your letter of the 8th instant, and thank you most cordially as well for the kind offer of aid to me in the operations of my department, as for information you gave me in relation to suitable boats for our service, and the sound views which you present in regard to the navigation of the shoal rivers of the south.

The same views had occurred to me, and I had taken measures to have lighters of iron constructed, and I have chartered one iron steamer for the Rio del Norte; but I want, and that immediately, several other boats as well as lighters. Mr. Lamar, formerly of Georgia, but now of New York, has offered me the iron steamer De Rossett, and Mr. Goodwin, of Savannah, has offered me two iron steamers. I accept, most thankfully, your offer of service, and beg of you to look at those boats, or any others you may think suitable. The De Rossett is offered for $25,000. That is probably too high. The others are merely offered, without any sum stated. For service to the south they should not draw over three feet water, with fuel and provisions, including water, on board. If the boats are purchased, could they be delivered at New Orleans with the lighters; and when? Be so kind as to let me hear from you as soon as you conveniently can. With great respect, &c.;

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Col. James GADSDEN,

Charleston, S. C.

JUNE 13, 1846. Sir: Colonel Twiggs has made a requisition for 172 horses for his regiment, " to supply deficiencies incurred in the engagements of the 8th and 9th of May." You will purchase that number and send them on as early as possible. Purchase also 200 good mules, if they can be found, and send them to the army of occupation immediately.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain A. R. HETZEL,

Assistant Quartermaster, Memphis, Tenn.

JUNE 15, 1846. Sir: The quartermaster general desires me to say you may furnish 500 (say five hundred) pack saddles in addition to those ordered, agreeing with the present contract in every particular; the 500 to be furnished before the 9th of August next.

HENRY C: WAYNE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster. Captain H. L. THISTLE,

Washington, D. C.

June 15, 1846. COLONEL: The quartermaster general directs that you provide lighters in." La Vaca bay,” should they be required for discharging the freights transported to that point.

H. C. WAYNE,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster, Lieut. Col. T. F. HUNT,

New Orleans.

JUNE 16, 1846. Sır: There are three light draught steamboats on the Ohio river which I wish you to purchase and send to Colonel Hunt, at New Orleans. They are the Swiftsure, the Utica, and the New Haven. They should be purchased at about five thousand dollars each; but as advantage is always taken of the public, you may have something more to pay for them. If you purchase them, send them without delay to Colonel Hunt, for at this season of the year they can be taken around to the Rio Grande without risk. If you cannot obtain the boats named, or if you find them, on examination, not suited for our purposes as tow-boats on the shallow waters of Texas and Mexico, purchase others which you may consider more suitable. They should not draw more than eighteen inches or two feet water. Let me hear from you immediately on the subject.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Major D. D. TOMPKINS,

Quartermaster, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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