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you left this city. I trust to your judgment and energy to do that which shall be best for the public interests.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain H. C. Wayne,

Assistant Quartermaster, Savannah, Ga.

July 6, 1846. Sir: In addition to the remit*cpce of $200,000, of which I advised you this morning, I have it alred the sum of $60,000 to enable you to pay for five steamers recently purchased by Captain Sanders in Pittsburg, which have been or will be sent to you for service with the army of occupation.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieutenant Colonel Thos. F. HUNT,

Deputy Quartermaster General, New Orleans, La.

JULY 8, 1846. Sir: Enclosed you will receive a letter addressed to this office by Mr. D. Tomlinson, of Pembroke, New York, describing certain wagons which he offers to sell to this department. In a previous letter he states that he has upwards of a hundred. You will proceed to Pembroke and examine whether the wagons referred to are suitable for our service in Texas and Mexico; and if so, you are authorized to purchase them on the best practicable terms, and send them to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt, New Orleans, by the most expeditious route. If by the lakes, a careful conductor should be sent with them.

I also enclose a letter from Mr. Jonathan Smith, master of the sloop J. Lawrence, of New London, on the subject of a claim for transporting a quantity of old copper, iron, brass, and lead from Fort Trumbull to New York. I wish a report of the facts in the case, which can probably be given by Mr. Stinson. Return both letters when you have done with them.

TH. S. JESUP, Quartermaster General.

Captain D. H. VINTON,

Assistant Quartermaster, New York.

JULY 10, 1846. SIR: I employed Benjamin Robertson, of Lexington, Kentucky, to purchase mules for the service of the United States, (four hundred in number.) I understand he has purchased the whole number authorized. I wish you to go to Lexington and exainine the mules and receive them, and have them sent by water to New OrJeans, or to the most favorable point on the Mississippi or Red river. Whether you send them to New Orleans, or to some point above on the Mississippi, they must be placed under the direction of careful and faithful agents. If sent to New Orleans, they will be delivered to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt. If to any other point above that city, they must be driven by land to the Rio Grande, through Texas. You will decide which route shall be taken; and if they be sent through Texas, all the necessary arrangements must be made to support them on the route. If Robertson could be induced to take them on, I have every assurance that the best care would be taken of them.

I made you a remittance a few days ago, to pay for these mules and for their expenses. If a further sum is necessary, estimate for it.

If Robertson cannot be employed to take them on, one of the assistant quartermasters, say Captain Heintzelman, might be directed to take ihem on. Captain Heintzelman has signified his intention to leave the department; but I hope he would, before leaving it, consent to perform this important service.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Major D. D. TOMPKINS, Quartermaster, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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July 13, 1846. SIR: Your letter of the 11th instant has been received. You will proceed to complete the two hundred and five additional saddles.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain H. L. Thistle,

Washington, D. C.

July 14, 1846. Sır: You will examine some eighteen wagons offered for sale to the department by Mr. William Warner, of Sarannah, and purchase them if suitable, whether for horses or oxen, at the lowest rates for which they may be had-say about $90 apiece. The letter of Mr. Warner is enclosed.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quarter master General. Captain H. C. WAYNE,

Assistant Quartermaster, Savannah, Ga.

JULY 17, 1€ Sir: I have received your letters of the 9th and 10th instant have this day required that a deposite be made to your credit ist Bank of Commerce, New York, of seventy-five thousand dolla You will purchase 400 mules in addition to the number ordered the 13th ultimo, and those ordered by General Wool, and send the to the army of occupation.

Enclosed is a copy of a letter from Major T. B. Eastland, oi this department, which contains information which may be of service to you as to the best route by which to send mules to Texas, &c.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain A. R. Hetzel,

Assistant Quartermaster, St. Louis, Mo.

JULY 17, 1846. Sir: If Captain Cross decides to remain in the department, let him be sent into Texas to purchase mules and draught horses for the army on the Rio Grande. If animals can be had at a reasonable price, as many as 400 may be purchased; also wagons and harness, if to be had of a serviceable description.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieutenant Colonel T. F. Hunt,

Deputy Quartermaster General, New Orleans.)

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July 17, 1846. SIR: In my letter of this morning I directed that you should increase the number of mules to 600, in addition to those ordered by General Wool. To this you will add all the wagons and harness that can be procured; have the mules sent, by careful persons on whom you can rely, to some point near the mouth of Red river, and send them thence by land to the Rio Grande. If necessary, in your; opinion, you must see the mules well on their way through Texas. Employ any agents that may be necessary. The wagons and harness may be sent down to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt by Lieutenant Colonel Mackay. I apprehend that General Wool has not directed a full train for his cominand; he had complete authority to order whatever was in his opinion necessary to his most efficient movements. If he has not already gone forward, it might be well to call his attention to the subject. All the mules that I have directed you to purchase are for General Taylor's division. You must en. or to have them on the Rio Grande by the time the mounted bps reach General Taylor.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain A. R. HETZEL,

Assistant Quartermaster, St. Louis, Mo.

July 18, 1846. Sir: Several hundred wagons are required for service in Mexico. I am informed that in Newark, New Jersey, there are many establishments in which wagons are manufactured for the West India market. You will proceed to that place and purchase all the wagons you can get. There must be four complete sets of mule' harness with each wagon. Enclosed you will find a description of the wagon, and you will take with you a description of the harness. All the wagons you can get must be purchased immediately, with harness for each; but for such as you contract to have delivered at a future day, say in August, September, or October, the specifications enclosed must be adhered to. If five hundred wagons can be obtained, with harness, you will purchase them. Get, if possible, one or two hundred at once. Keep me constantly advised of your operations.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain M. M. CLARK,

Assistant Quartermaster, Washington city.

JULY 18, 1846. COLONEL: In my instructions to Colonel Whiting, I directed that a train sufficient to supply five thousand men at San Antonio, most of whom it was known would be mounted, should be organized to keep that force supplied from the depot at Linnvil e, on, La Baca bay. The colonel says nothing on the subject in any of his letters, and I fear that he has overlooked it. As that train was counted upon as an important portion of that required for active operations in the field, I am apprehensive that our means of transportation may not be sufficient. At the present season I am told mules may be had at New Orleans in great numbers from the plantations. Purchase and send forward all the well broken mules, and all the harness you can obtain. Could they not be taken by steam to La Baca, and those not wanted for the train to San Antonio be sent by land to Matamoras? Purchase all the suitable wagons you can obtain; also three or four thousand pack saddles, if in your opinion pack mules or pack horses can be obtained from the Mexicans. At all events, whether you think horses or mules can be obtained near the army in Mexico or not, send a good number of pack saddles

Energy must accomplish now in a few weeks what, if we had early means, we might have accomplished without hurry.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Lieutenant Colonel THOMAS F. HUNT,

Deputy Quartermaster General, New Orleans, La.

July 18, 1816. Sir: In addition to the mules already ordered, you will purchase and send on as rapidly as possibly two hundred additional mules. If wagons and harness can be obtained in Tennessee, so as to be gotten to the army at once, you will purchase them and send them forward. I have directed several of the lately appointed assistant quartermasters to report to Lieutenant Colonel Mackay. I know not whether they have any qualifications for the stations they now fill, but I understand they are all respectable men. You must avail yourself of their services as far as possible; not, however, to endanger the efficiency of your operations. You may charge them with detachments of mules, if they report in time, and send them on to the army, with funds to defray the expenses of the march. If you can obtain well broke mules åt Memphis, Vicksburg or Natchez, I wish them purchased and sent to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt, who can send them by water to La Baca bay, whence they can be taken by land. Purchase all the wagons and harness you can obtain in those places, and send them to Lieutenant Colonel Hunt. I rely on your energy, activity and capacity, to have ererything ordered that can be obtained sent forward with a certainty of arriving at the army by the time the mounted troops arrive. Keep me constantly advised of your operations.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain A. R. Hetzel,

Assistant Quartermaster, St. Louis, Mo.

JULY 18, 1846. Sır: Your letter of the 13th instant has been received. The wagons of Mr. Tomlinson are unsuitable, and of course you will not purchase them.

TH. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General. Captain D. H. Vinton,

Assistant Quartermaster, New York,

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