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iculty with parties here is that freights are too high from here to points on the Coast - much higher than from San Francisco, & they are not well acquainted with the San Francisco markets. I can buy bricks at $2 (per ton) less here than in California but the brick dealers have been unable to make any arrangements for freighting. Mr. Ben Simpson's agent this week tried what he could do in the matter, but gave it up as useless. I do not think anyone but Mr. Simpson can compete with the bid of Mr. Brown, but I will know by the 5th of August. I would respectfully request to be informed by telegraph if I am authorized to contract at once for the erection of the Dwelling at Cape Foulweather with the lowest bidder: the amount of course will not exceed that in the enclosed bid.
Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,
Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District.(264)
Office of the Light House EngineerThirteenth DistrictPortland, Oregon, July 22 ???? (1871)
Rear Admiral W.B. Shubrick
Chairman Light House Board,Washington, D.C.
The following is my annual report of Light House Operations to July 1, 1871.
This district embraces all aids to navigation on the Pacific Coast of the United States north of the boundary between California & Oregon (crossed out "42nd parallel of latitude).
Inspector - Commodore Alfred Taylor, USN
Engineer to March 31, 1871. Major L.S. Williamson Corps of Engineers.
Major Henry M. Robert Corps of Engineers U.S.A. present Engineer
Nutting & Son - offered to do the work for $9390.00 coin - a price greater than that charged for Pigeon Point.
I therefore declined their bid and as per authorization in your letter have sent advertisements inviting proposals for this work, to the following newspapers.
Daily Chronicle of San Francisco, Cal" Alta California " " "" Oregonian of Portland OregonDate of 1st insertion October 30No. of insertions _6_Bids to be received until noon - November 29 _ both here and in San Francisco by Colonel Williamson
Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,Henry M RobertMaj. of Eng'rs & L.H. Eng'r,Thirteenth District339
p-3 letters HM Roberts 1872-1875
March 3, 2
I have to inform you that the lantern for Cape Foulweather is completed and after inspection will be shipped to your care at San Francisco, where it will remain until arrangements can be made between you and Major Robert to have it shipped direct from San Francisco to Yaquina Bay.
Col. R.S. Williamson Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineers San Francisco, California
March 5 2
Please to have the lantern for Cape Foulweather (reported by Ames & Co. of Chicopee, Mass. to be ready) inspected, and if up to the requirements of the contract, see that it is shipped at the expense of Ames & Co. on board steamer for California. The boxes should b e marked "Major H.M. Robert, Care of Col. R.S. Williamson, Light House Engineer, San Francisco, California", and the bill of lading sent to the latter.
George H. Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary
March 5 2
In reply to your letter of the 2nd instant, I have to inform you that Col Woodruff, the Engineer of the 3rd Light House District, has been requested to have the lantern for Cape Foulweather Light House duly inspected, and if up to the requirements of the contract, to see that it is shipped on board steamer for California. The boxes will be marked "Major H.M. Robert, care of Major R.S. Williamson, Light House Engineer, San Francisco, California".
George Elliot Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Engineer Secretary
Box 45 CF missing boxes of lens glass and skylights 1873
February 13 (187)3
The following telegram has been this day sent you:
"Sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces Foulweather lantern and three boxes of glass were shipped by Ocean Queen from New York in March last. Bills la(n)ding sent to Williamson. Three boxes containing parts of lantern missing and must be in San Francisco. Let Winship hunt them up, and inform Robert and Board of result. Suspend all payment for freight."
Major N. Michler. Corps of Engineers, U.S.A. L.H. Engineer. San Francisco, California.
1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports
(SIDE BAR) Extract from Board Report boundary line 12"&12" dis ts.
1871 Mar. 8 From Engineer Secy Maj. Geo. H. Elliot To Col. R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers The following extract from the proceedings of the Board in session on the 6th instant is sent you for your information. On notion it was ordered that the northern boundary of the 12th Light-House District on the Pacific Coast be extended to the line separating the States of California and Oregon and that the 13th Light House District will extend from the boundary of the 12th Light House District to the Northern limits of the United States. It having been reported to the Board that an additional Engineer officer had been assigned to Light House duty on the Pacific Coast after consultation and discussion it was ordered that the officers of that District will have their offices within the limits of the District.
Mar 9 From Engineer Secy Maj. G.H. Elliot To Col R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Your letter of the 1st instant transmitting title papers to land sold to the United States at Yaquina Bay, Oregon is received. Papers transmitted should be enumerated on the letter of advice
(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay Oregon title papers
(SIDE BAR) Photographer on Shubrick- aurth'd
1871 Mar 14 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Col. R.S. Williamson Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your letter of the 6th instant I have to say that the employment of a photographer on the terms heretofore state by you to go in the "Shubrick" on her next trip for the supply of the Pacific Coast lights is approved.
Mar 15 From Chrmn. L.H.B Rear Adml. W.B. Shubrick To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Your letter of the 4th instant addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury reporting for duty in the Light House Establishment has been received at this office and I have to inform you that you are assigned to duty as Light House Engineer of the 13th Light House District which embraces the Pacific Coast of the United State north of the northern boundary of California. Col. R. S. Williamson U.S.A.
Engineers, Light House Engineer for the 12th &13th Districts, will turn over to you the property pertaining to the 13th District, and the directions which he has received from this Board in relation to it.
(SIDE BAR) Detailed for duty as L.H. Engineer 13" Dist.
will not be paid for by the United States.
On the 18th of November 1870, the Board requested that the President reserve Lots 3 and 4 of section 8, Township 11 W, Willamette Meridian, Oregon, for purposes of a Light House at Yaquina. Subsequently, after correspondence with the Engineer of the District, (then Major Williamson) there was purchased of Lester P. and Sophronia S. Baldwin. Lots 23 and 24, Section 7; Lot 5 and N. W. 1/4 of S. W. 1/4; and S. W. 1/4 of N. W. 1/4 of Section 8, of the same Township.
Lots 3 and 4 of Section 8 have been withdrawn from sale and can be reserved on application of the Board. Will you please to state whether in your opinion the reservation of the whole or a part of this land is to be desired, or whether it should be again opened for sale.
Please to reply at your earliest convenience.
From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.
1873. July 14.
Sir: Herewith enclosed please find a copy of a letter from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury respecting the basis of currency upon which payments are to be made for services rendered and materials procured withinthe United States for the Government.
Exhibit Foulweather light August 20th, and thereafter.
Sir: Herewith enclosed are transmitted three copies of contract duly approved made with James A. Robb for completion of Cape Foulweather Light-House, Oregon. One copy for file in the Engineer's office, one for the Superintendent of Construction, and one for delivery to the contractor.