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JUNE 17, 1846. COLONEL: The honorable Mr. Harmanson, a member of Congress from Louisiana, who has resided long on the frontiers of Mexico, represents that horses suitable for our service, can be obtained in Mexico, at an almost nominal price. Consult General Taylor as to the propriety of purchasing them. If he approve, purchase all you can obtain, should they be necessary. Take measures, immediately, to obtain all the mules you can from Mexico. By paying cash for them, they can be obtained, I am informed, in very great numbers.


Quartermaster General. Colonel H. WHITING,

Asst. Quartermaster Gen., Memphis, Tenn.

JUNE 17, 1846. Sir: I enclose the within letter from R. H. McKee, esquire, on the subject of wagons. You will exercise your discretion as to taking the wagons. If they are strong, and of good quality, and of durable and well seasoned materials, they had better, perhaps, be taken. All yet to be made should be according to the specifications furnished, except the hubs, which may be of locust or white oak. The letter of Mr. McKee will be returned to this office.


Quartermaster General.
Acting Asst. Quartermaster, Pittsburg, Pa.

JUNE 17, 1846. COLONEL: In the operations General Taylor has been directed to carry on against the Mexicans, it is of the utmost importance that his means of transportation on the Rio del Norte be ample. He has despatched Captain John Sanders, of the corps of engineers, to obtain for that river light draught steamers. Not knowing the great amount of force that would be ordered to join him, he has not required a sufficient number to insure the speedy transportation of his supplies. My attention had been directed to the subject, and I had chartered a light draught iron steamer for that river, and had ordered Major Tompkins to purchase and send to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt the Swiftsure, Utica, and New Haven, light draught boats running on the Ohio; or, if he could not obtain those boats, then such as might be suitable. Captain Sanders will soon be at Pittsburg, at which point authority will be given to him to purchase, with those that may have been previously purchased, such a number as shall complete the whole to eight.

I will be greatly obliged to you if you will confer with Captain

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Sanders and Captain Harding, at Pittsburg, and Major Tompkins, at Cincinnati, and if the number of boats which you, and Captain Sanders particularly, shall consider necessary, have not been purchased and sent forward, I desire you to supply any deficiency. If, on consulting Captain Sanders, you should consider more than eight light draught steamers necessary, you have authority to purchase them, or to direct their purchase, at Cincinnati, Pittsburg, or at any other place on the Ohio river.


Quartermaster General. Lieut. Col. JOSEPH P. TAYLOR,

Asst. Commissary General, Washington city.

JUNE 20, 1846. MAJOR: I have to acknowledge your letters of the 14th and 15th instant. The wagons, harness, yokes, chains, &c., will be sent to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt, deputy quartermaster general at New Orleans, as fast as received.


Quartermaster General. Major D. D. TOMPKINS,

Quartermaster U. S. A., Cincinnati, Ohio.

JUNE 20, 1846. Sir: You will proceed to Savannah, Georgia, and have the iron steamer De Rossett thoroughly examined; and if the hull, boiler, and machinery be found to be perfect in all their parts, and the boat fit, in all respects, for efficient service, as a steamer, you will receive it on account of the United States.

Mr. Lamar, the present owner, has offered to deliver the boat at New Orleans, at the risk and expense of the United States. This had better be done. by persons in the public service, if possible; but, should you find any difficulty in employing an efficient and trustworthy captain and engineers, and competent crew, you will require Mr. Lamar to deliver her at New Orleans on the terms which he proposes, and in' the shortest possible time. Should you employ a captain, engineer, and crew, you will despatch the boat with instructions to the captain to proceed in the shortest possible time to New Orleans, and report to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt; and, in either event, you will indicate the route to be taken, and you will make suitable arrangements for the expense of the voyage. Here with you will receive - a letter of R. M. Goodwin, esq., of Savannah, offering two iron boats for the public service. You will examine them, and if you find them, in all respects, such as he represents them, you are authorised to purchase one of them; but, having already received one from Mr. Lamar, it is not a matter of so much importance

whether we obtain another. You will, therefore, endeavor to get it at a lower price. I consider the sum which we give Mr. Lamar too much; but, at the time I agreed to take his boat, I was not aware that other suitable boats could be had; but if you cannot get the boat for less, you may allow the price asked.

Mr. L. Griffin, assistant engineer, of the Navy Department, has been directed to report to you, and will accompany you to Savannab. You will cause him to inspect the boats minutely; and, if they are not in a condition, both as regards their hulls and machinery, for efficient service, you will not receive them. Should it be necessary to put them into dock to examine them, this must be done at the expense of their present owners. If the boats be received, all necessary appendages, such as yawls, anchors, hawsers, fasts, engineers' tools, spy-glass, &c., must be furnished also.

Mr. Griffin will be paid ten cents per mile for travelling. Should other boats be offered, you will cause them to be examined, and will report the result to this office.

On completing the duty with which you are charged, you will return and resume your duties here..

I have just received information from the south, that the whole woodwork of Mr. Lamar's boat is defective, as well as the deck. Hf that be so, we cannot receive her; but you may purchase two boats from Mr. Goodwin's company


Quartermaster General. Capt. ,

Asst. Quartermaster, Washington city.


JUNE 25, 1846. SIR: I have received your letter of the 18th instant, covering an estimate of funds for the purchase of wagons, mules, and harness, and have required a remittance in your favor of $16,000, on account of the special appropriation for Mexican hostilities,

An army register will be sent to you, if one can be procured from the adjutant general. A copy of the post office book cannot be furnished, nor can a map of Texas, there being none on hand for distribution.


Quartermaster General: Captain S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

Assist. Quartermaster, Louisville, Ky.

JUNE 25, 1846. Sir: I wish you to visit Charleston, South Carolina, and examine, two boats which have been offered by Mr. Hilliard, of that place. Make me a full report of your examination, including, particularly, the ages of the boats.


Quartermaster General. Captain H. C. WAYNE,

Assistant Quartermaster, Savannah, Ga.

June 29, 1816. SIR: I have receivell your letter of the 26th. If you think proper, you can have the De Rossett altered to burn coal, if you receive her and and can readily obtain coal. Should you iake one of the other boats, you will also have her altered for coal on the same condition. Having entire reliance on you, I authorize you to do, in regard to the one or two boats which you may receive, whatsoever you may consider best for the public interest.


Quartermaster General. Captain H. C. Wayne,

Assistant Quartermaster, Savannah.

JULY 2, 1846. Sir: Your letter, without date, in reference to wagons, hạrness, &c., bas been received. You will take all the wagons that can be made by the 1st September, and send them, as they are received, to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt. You will send the boats, also, as soon as completed.


Quartermaster General. Captain E. HARDING,

Allegheny Arsenal.

JULY 2, 1846. Sir: I have received your letter, without date, covering an estimate of funds for purchase of mules, horses, wagons, &c., and have required a remittance in your favor of $20,000, on account of the appropriation for Mexican hostilities.


Quartermaster General. Captain S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

Assistant Quarter master, Louisville, Ky.


July 2, 1846. Sir: Your letter of June 20 is received. I have a report from Lieutenant Colonel Hunt, in which he informs me that he has purchased several boats, which, with others which I have ordered for service on the Rio Grande, will be sufficient. There will, therefore, be no necessity for purchasing boats in Georgia or Alabama.


Quartermaster General. Captain M. M. CLARK,

Assistant Quartermaster, Columbus, Ga.

July 3, 1846. Sır: I have received your letter of the 29th ultimo, with the reports of Messrs. Willink and Griffin in relation to Mr. Lamar's boat. I return the reporis to you, to govern in the repairs and alterations of the boat. When those repairs and alterations shall be made by Mr. Lamar or his agent, you will receive the boat. For the alteration of the furnace so as to adapt it to the burning of coal, the expense will devolve on the public. The planking of the deck will also be a charge against the public; but the renewal or repair of the water-wheels, the repair of the wheel-houses, and all other repairs or renewals of wood, must be done at the expense of the present owner. All the repairs and alterations of the iron work, suggested by Mr. Griffin, must be made, except the cutting off the three legs. That, I apprehend, would take too much time. If it can be done, however, without loss of time, you may cause it to be done. Since writing the above I have received your letter of the 30th ultimo. You will not purchase any other boat than the De Rossett, and that only on the repairs stated above, including the plank, shear, and bulwarks, being made.


Quartermaster General. Captain H. C. Wayne,

Assistant Quartermaster, Savannah, Ga.


1846. Sir: I bave received your letter of the 1st instant. If you can get the Mary Somers, say for a sum from twelve to eighteen or twenty thousand dollars, you are authorized to purchase her. Also the other boat, which you state in your letter of the 30th, will probably be for sale. Get them at as low a price as possible; but as we can now do without them, I would not give, by six or seven thousand dollars each, as much as I would have given at the time

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