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PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 1846. Sir: I find that wagons suitable for the public service cannot be had here in the open market, and have, in consequence, agreed to take from Wilson, Childs, & Co., and Henry Simmons, jr., 200 wagons, to be delivered as per enclosed memorandum of agreement. This is the best that can be done at present. These persons have in employ all the wheelwrights and wheelwright the city on whom reliance can be placed-at least I so understand. They are to let me know, when I return, whether each delivery can be increased some 5 in number. I have also made arrangements for the necessary harness.

The wagon makers above mentioned are of opinion that wagons that will suit can be purchased at York, Pa., as many, they say, were purchased there during the Florida war. The assistant qüartermaster in Baltimore could no doubt very soon ascertain, as that place is distant but some three or four hours from his station.

I learn that the following wagons have been shipped from this place to New Orleans, viz:

June 24–35;
June 26–55;
July 7-24;

July 18–53; and about 40 more will be shipped during the present week. I shall leave for New Jersey. I am apprehensive, from all that I can learn, that but few ready made wagons can be had; however, I will write from every place at which I may tarry, if only for an hour.


Captain and Assistant Quartermaster. Major General T. S. JESUP,

Quartermaster General, Washington city.

NEWARK, N. J., July 21, 1846. Sir: I reached this place last evening, and immediately made inquiries as to the probability of finding ready made wagons in the market, and, as I feared would be the case, ascertained that there were none to be had.

This morning I saw several wagon makers, and was to be informed during the afternoon what could be done in the way of supplying us. There appears to be inuch difficulty in furnishing such, in all respects, as required in the specification given me.

Should alterations or changes in the specification be authorized, they will furnish 25 wagons in the first twenty days, and 50 every ten days thereafter, at $130 each, delivered here or in New York. Waiting to hear from you will make, no difference in the time of delivery. I have copsequently deemed it as obligatory on me to wait your instructions, as in those of the 18th instant you say that in those (wagons) contracted for, the specifications must be adhered to. Almost any reasonable quantity of harness can be had, and I think at fair prices. I shall to-morrow morning proceed to New York, and ascertain as far as I can what can be done in Jersey City and Brooklyn. Would it not be well to instruct Captain Vinton as to those two places, as well as New York? I have just received your letter of the 19th, enclosing a copy of one from Mr. Carter, of this place. He is not a wagon maker himself, but is extensively engaged in making and furnishing spokes to all the wagon and coach establishments in the State.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

New YORK, July 25, 1846. Sir: I left Newark on the 22d instant, saw some wagon makers in Jersey City and this place, and on the evening of the same day proceeded on to Troy. On my return yesterday afternoon I received your telegraphic note, and found that I had gone further than necessary.

Immediately on landing I met several persons from Newark, who informed me that an agent of the department had been in that city for the purpose of purchasing and contracting for wagons, and wished to know from me if he had authority 'to do so.

I could give them no information on the subject, and so informed them. I have not yet entered into written contracts, but have authorized persons to go on to make wagons, and will have at least 60 by the 20th of August, and the same number every ten days thereafter; that is, if they do what they say they can; and all say they think more may be delivered, but certainly the number mentioned. Contracts will be entered into so soon as they can be written out. On Monday I will see other persons, and may get more.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

NEW YORK, July 27, 1846. Sir: In my letter of the 25th instant I stated that I had been to Troy. There were no ready made wagons to be had in that city of vicinity. I was informed by a Mr. Rosevelt, (recommended to me by Major Baker, of the ordšance department,) and a Mr. Beach, that they were certain they could get up 200 wagons in their county, Onondaga, in 60 days—the first 100 in 20 days. These wagons would be good and strong, though the running gear would not be of the dimensions required by the specification; for instance, the tire but 2 inches instead of 24 inches wide. A'Mr. Lansing was also of opinion that he could get up some 50 or more from the small country shops within some 25 or 30 miles of Troy. He ap. peared to be certain that he could furnish the number mentioned, but of course would not enter into contract till he could ascertain

positively. It was my intention to have returned to Troy, and to have gone into the interior where Rosevelt and Beach reside, (probably have engaged all or a portion of the wagons they could get up,) and to other places where it was said wagons could probably be had; also to have gone to Springfield, Worcester, New Haven, &c., after having set the New York, Newark, and Jersey City fólks to work. I have been to Jersey City and Newark today. In those two places and this city I have engaged 83 wagons, to be ready for delivery by the 20th of August, and possibly may get contracts for a few more. The contracts will stipulate for the same number to be furnished every ten days, until about October the 20th. I found it would be an endless job for me to write out all the contracts, and consequently sent a formi to a printer to have a number struck off.

M: M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.


New York, August 20, 1846. SIR: Of the wagons contracted for by me, ninety have been received, and the remainder, which were to have been delivered today, will be brought in as fast as they can be put on board the vessels. The whole number will be from 115 to 125, with a sufficient number of sets of harness.

Captain Thistle's clerk was in my office two days since, and said that he had 80 wagons in this city and some 300 in Boston, and made some inquiry about shipping them. I told him that I must be furnished with lists or invoices of those to be shipped from this place. No doubt they will be delivered in due time.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

It is necessary,


New York, August 21, 1846. Sır: Your communication by telegraph was received last evening. The "Edith” is partly loaded, and cannot now go to Boston.

I will leave for Boston as soon as I possibly can. however, that I should remain here two or three days longer to pay for the wagons and harness coming in.

It is necessary that I should be informed as to the number of wagons to be delivered in Boston, the price to be paid for each, the names of the contractors, and the number to be furnished by each.

If light draught vessels cannot be had to take all the wagons, must heavy draught ones be employed to take them to Brazos San Iago, or must they be shipped to New Orleans? It will be a difficult matter to send them by small vessels, as the hatchways are seldom sufficiently large for the wagons to pass into the hold.

I think we shall have a sufficient number of wagons here to complete the cargoes of the “ Edith” and “Neptune."

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.


New York, August 21, 1846. Sir: Captain Thistle has just been at this office. He informs me that he has 100 wagons in this city and 300 in Boston. 4

We shall have here from 130 to 150 wagons more than can be taken by the "Neptune" and “Edith.” I will endeavor to send them by fast sailing vessels.

Major Eastland informs me that he has written to you in regard to. a steam propeller. Should you give him instructions as to such a vessel, to take freight from this place, it would perhaps be well to communicate by telegraph, so that it may be known in time to prevent the taking up of other vessels for the wagons.

Funds should be furnished to me here to pay for the 100 wagons to be received on Captain Thistle's contracts; that is, if I am to pay for them. The 300 in Boston, at $170 each....

$51,000 The 300 sets harness, at $42...


$63,600 Required to pay for Captain Thistle's purchases in that city.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

Boston, Mass., August 28, 1846. Sir: After having made every possible inquiry, I find that it is not possible to get light draught vessels to take the wagons from this place to Brazos San Iago; consequently, one or more large vessels will necessarily have to be taken. Light draught ones might be had from Providence, but they, in all probability, could, not reach here for eight or ten days, if so soon.

Captain Thistle informs me that there will be over 300 wagons, and probably not so much harness as was expected. After taking up some one or more of the vessels which have been offered tomorrow morning, I may probably return to New York for a few days, until about the time the vessels will be loaded, and then return to this place to make payments and take bills of lading. I shall probably ascertain during to-morrow whether I can leave here or not.

M. M. CLARK, , Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.


New York, September 1, 1846. Sir: I returned from Boston this morning, having with much difficulty made arrangements for transporting the wagons from that place to Brazos San lago, and saw them going on board the vessels.

I shall return to Boston to-morrow to make payments for the wagons and harness.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

New York, September 9, 1846. Sir: I returned from Boston yesterday morning, having paid for and shipped from_that place all the wagons (307) purchased by Captain Thistle. There was no harness ready, in consequence of the contractor having been disappointed in getting saddles. I was informed by Captain Thistle that 200 sets would be ready in the course of two or three days, and would be forwarded to this place at the cost of the contractor.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

New York, September 21, 1846. SIR: I have received from Captain Thistle a copy of your letter to him of the 7th instant, relating to the harness made by McBurney. A sufficient quantity of harness for all the wagons sent to Texas cannot be had here; and if it is necessary that a set should be sent for each wagon, I would respectfully advise that the 200 sets made by McBurney be received. The material of which it has been made is excellent, and it has been put together in a good workmanlike manner. There are 100 sets of harness made in this city, contracted for by Captain Thistle, which, together with McBurney's, will be sufficient for his (Captain Thistle's) wagons. Shall it be received?

Of the wagons for which I contracted, 550 have been shipped, together with the necessary harness; and I have contracted for å sufficient quantity of the latter article for all the wagons yet to be furnished.

In saying that a sufficient quantity of harness cannot be had for all the wagons sent to Texas, I mean for those purchased by Captain Thistle.

M. M. CLARK, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

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