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1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports

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(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.

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(SIDE BAR) Office of L.H. Engr.' 13" Dist- books &c, will be sent-

1871 Mar. 16 From Engineer Secy Maj. G.H. Elliot To Maj. H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: There is sent to you herewith for your information an extract from the proceedings of the last meeting of the Board, concerning the office of the Light House Engineer of the 13th District. A box containing books pamphlets, &c, will be sent to you as soon as you inform the Board where you will have it addressed. For Enclosure see Volume 5 page Board Journal.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Maj. G. H. Elliot To Major H M Robert Corps Engineers Deed for Yaquina approved Go on with the construction of the Light House. Appropriation reverts on first of July. Letter by mail.

Mar 22 From Engineer Secy Major G.H.Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Herewith you will find deed of Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, and a copy of the opinion of the Attorney General in regard to the validity of the title. Colonel Williamson has this day been directed to turn over to you the amounts of the special ap-(propriations)

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay-purchase of L.H. Site- rel.

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of a light-house site and have the honor to state that in my opinion the deed of conveyance from Lester P. Baldwin and wife to the United States, executed on the 11th of January last and offered for the acceptance of the government is sufficient to pass a valid title to the premises.

I am sir very respectfully Your obedient servant. (sig) A. T. Akerman. Attorney General.

Hon. Geo. S. Boatwell Secretary of the Treasury.

Mar.23. From Engineer Sec'y Maj. G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Gen. Woodruff has today been requested to send you by the first steamer a 5th order lens, fixed 240° for Yaquina Bay Light House.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Mar.25 From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Col. R. S. Williamson Corps Engineers.

Foulweather appropriation made. Yaquina reverts.

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(SID BAR) Telegram 1871. Apr 1. From Engineer Sec'y Maj. G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Adopt Colonel Williamson's plan of wooden house and tower combined at Yaquina.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram Apr 10. From Engineer Sec'y Major Geo. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Have new and correct deed executed and pay the money, if abstract or chain of title is the same in both cases.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina deed for site al- Apr. 11. From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 1st April, I have to say that it will be better to get a new deed for the site at Yaquina than to correct the old one. The money can be paid without further reference to this office if the abstract of title on which the Attorney General formed his opinion does not require to be changed- that is, if the chain of title is the same for the correctly as for the erroneously described piece of land.

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(SIDE BAR) Circular detailed estimates, plans etc. 1871 Apr. 11 From Naval Sec'y Rear Adml T. A. Jenkins for Chu. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: The practice does not seem to be uniform among the Engineers in regard to sending detailed estimates with the plans submitted by them.

You are requested in every case of sending the plans for approval to send the estimated cost with it on the form established by the Board, and of which fifty copies are sent herewith.

When each work is completed another paper should be sent showing the estimated and actual cost.

(SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. construction of- rel Apr. 18. From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Your letter of the 10th instant is received, and you are authorized to return to San Francisco, as requested to make preparations for the construction of Yaquina Light House.

(SIDE BAR) Telegram May 9. From Engineer Sec'y Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

What newspapers and how many times.

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(SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay-Chart of entrance Sect.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Today is sent you a Coast Survey Chart of entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon.

May 31. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H.-rel. reversion of balances

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 12th of April, relative to the reversion to the Treasury of the appropriation for Yaquina Light House, I transmit herewith for your information a copy of the Circular containing letter of Commissioner of Customs dated April 29th relative to contracts and reversion of balances.

June 15. (SIDE BAR) Names of clerks in office asked.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Your letter of the 1st instant is received, and the employment of the clerk and overseer referred to is approved.

You will please to furnish the names of these persons, stating date of employment and amount of salaries for the confirmation of the Secretary of the Treasury. Their official oaths will be also sent to this office.

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1871. June 26.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 12th instant is received and the award of contract for building Light Keeper's dwelling at Cape Disappointment, W. T. (Washington Territory) to Charles F. Brown for $9,890., gold coin is approved.

July 10.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 27th instant, relative to Yaquina Light House, is received.

The Lantern has been paid for by Gen. Duane from funds sent to him from this Office for the purpose.

July 10.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I enclose herewith for your information a copy of a letter from the Department appointing Mr. C. B. Talbot as additional draughtsman at $150 per month.

For Enclosure see Volume 288 page 46 of Letters Received.

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1871. Aug. 30 (SIDE BAR) Yaquina rel payment of bills for survey of

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

The bill for survey of Yaquina reservation reffered to by your letter of the 18th instant can be paid if you con state on the face of the voucher, "ordered prior to July 1st, 1870"

Mileage cannot be paid to a civilian employe. In such cases actual necessary expenses, certified to by the employe are allowed.

Aug. 31.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Referring to your letter of the 19th instant, I have to inform you that Mr. J. A. Sesowrd has been entered on our books as Superintendent of Construction instead of draughtsman, and you may so rate him in your future returns.

Sept. 2 (SIDE BAR) Cape Foulweather L.H. - rel. completion

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers

Sir:

I have to inform you that J. T. Ames of Chicopee, Massachusetts, has a contract for making a first order lantern for the Cape Foulweather Light House and has agreed to have it finished ready to be sent to you, Care of Col. Williamson, San Francisco, by the 1st of January 1872.

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dwelling and tower at Cape Foulweather until next Spring is approved, but the sixty days extension asked for completing the contract will be considered hereafter, and the decision will be communicated to you.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina L.H. -non arrival of chimneys for-

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 26th October is received.

It is regretted that the box containing the chimneys for Yaquina Light House failed to arrive.

Nov. 8. (SIDE BAR) Nomination of J. T. Robert as L.H. Clerk

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your communication of the 26th ultimo nominating Joseph T. Robert as a light house Clerk in place of David Pinkney resigned has been received, and forwarded to the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury.

The official oath of said J. T. Robert was also received and sent to the Commissioner of Customs.

Nov. 10. (SIDE BAR) Yaquina Bay L.H. contracts with B. Simpson & J. Bien for work on- approved.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 28th instant transmitting copy of letter of August 5th VC???

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is received.

The two contracts with B. Simpson and Joseph Bien for work on Yaquina Bay Light House are herewith returned approved and also the contract with C. F. Brown for building Keeper's dwelling at Cape Disappointment, Washington Territory, of which there is but one copy in this office.

Nov. 13.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

The request made to the Commissioner of Customs of which you were informed on the 9th inst. that $774.86 be sent to Col. Duane to pay for the Fog Signal at Cape Flattery has been recalled, and he has been requested instead to send a like sum from the appropriation for expenses of Fog Signals for 1872 for that purpose.

Nov. 14.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. T. A. Jenkins. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I beg to present to your acquaintance Mr. Chas Nordhoff, for a long time Editor in Chief of one of our principal New York daily papers, who visits the Pacific Coast for literary purposes. He is commended to your courtesies as he has expressed much interest in the workings of the Light House Establishment on your coast.

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From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

I have to inform you that the lantern for Cape Foulweather will be shipped to you, Care of Col. Williamson at San Francisco, by the next steamer from New York.

The lantern had better remain at San Francisco till arrangements can be made between you and Col. Williamson to have it shipped direct from San Francisco to Yaquina Bay.

Mar. 18.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Your letter of the 1st instant relative to payment of bills incurred for Yaquina Bay Light House prior to July 1, 1871, is received.

No additional work should be undertaken at Yaquina without the authority of the Board.

Circular.

Mar. 19.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. TO Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

In sending requisitions on general appropriations, you will please send a letter of advice of the kind enclose, and of which it is supposed you have blank forms, giving in all cases the special objects of proposed expenditure.

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will not be paid for by the United States.

Apr. 2.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

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.

Apr. 16.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

The Engineer of the 3rd Light House District informs this office that he has shipped to you, Care of Col. Williamson, San Francisco, California, by Panama Steamer 40 boxes con-

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(con)taining the 1st order lens, F. 240°, Cape Blanco 935,971: with lamps supplies, &c for Cape Foulweather Light House.

Apr. 18. From Engineer secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 2nd instant, I have to inform you that monthly reports of operations should be forwarded to the Board as soon after the close of the month as possible, so as to embody the month's actual operations.

Apr. 22. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: The U.S. Treasurer informs this office that your deposits with the Sub Treasury at San Francisco and with the 1st Nat'l Bank, Portland, Oregon, are not divided into Light House funds and Engineer funds.

It is important that this division be made at the bank and you will please attend to it that it be done as soon as practicable, and hereafter you will keep the accounts at the bank separate.

May 18 From Naval secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Referring to your letter of the 2nd

(On the side bar) Cape Flattery L.H.

Referring to your letter of the 2nd

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instant, you are authorized to enter into contraction written tenders for material, labor and transportation for Cape Foulweather Light House, requiring an answer within ten days and sending the tenders to the most reliable parties.

There is a clause in the appropriation bill which, if passed, will hold the appropriation good for two years from the time the site is obtained and jurisdiction ceded. You will be further informed on this point after the passage of the bill.

May 21.

From Naval Secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Coprs Engineers.

Sir:

In reply to your letter of the 6th instant relative to Light House reservation at Yaquina, I have to say that the 20 acres referred to should be surveyed and permanent parks planted and report should be made as to whether these 20 acres will be sufficient for the purpose.

May 24.

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir:

Referring to your letter of the 6th instant, relative to separation of funds, I have to say that as there is still some misunderstanding between the First National Bank at Portland and the [ Treasurer of the United States, you will please inform the Cashier of the Bank, that you should be mentioned in his reports as Light House Engineer.

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1872 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot

June 15 To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The following telegram has been this day sent you: Balances special appropriations for Light Houses to not revert on thirtieth June. Few appropriations are now available.

June 20 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: OF the appropriations made for works for your District by the Act of March 3rd 1871, there now remains in the Treasury only a balance of $23,628.56 on account of Cape Foulweather light-station, Oregon 1871-72.

Circular June 15 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Your special attention is called to the requirements of the enclosed circular and the modifications there of which will be made necessary by the act making appropriations for the Light House Establishment for the year 1872-73, which will be sent to you as soon as it is printed.

Written on side Cape Foulweather L.H. balance of appropriations on hand Appropriations for L.H. Establishment

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1872 may be stated as "on or about". The form in regard to Cape Flattery will be forwarded at once giving the characteristic times of sound and interval.

July 12 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Please inform this office whether the lens and lantern have been received for Cape Foulweather Light House.

July 23 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Your letter of the 8th instant transmitting estimates for July 1872 is received. With a view of saving the General Appropriation for Repairs which always runs short at the end of the fiscal year, you will habitually (unless otherwise directed or unless there is some especial reason to the contrary, of which you will inform the Board) pay your office and other incidental expenses, from your Special Appropriations.

July 24 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: A Coast Survey chart of Columbia River No.1 has been this day sent you for

On Side: Cape Foulweather L.H. lens lantern, &c-rel-receipt of - Office & incidental expenses to be paid from Special Appropriations Chart of Columbia River Sgub.

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1873 All errors or omissions in the last list should be corrected. The light House Lists corrected as herein required, should be mailed to arrive at this office on or before the 1st of December next.

Sept. 3 From engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The Board desires that you will at once report in full the present condition of the Light House at Cape Foulweather and the appropriate time it will be lighted.

Sept. 8 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The extension of time, sixty day, recommended by your letter of the 21st August, to be granted to Charles F. Brown contractor for Light Keeper's dwelling at Cape Foulweather, Oregon is approved.

Sept. 17 From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C.S. Boggs To Major H M Robert Corps Engineers Immediate repairs at Dungeness authorized

On Side Cape Foulweather L.H. condition Cape Foulweather L.H. keepers dwelling - extension of time on contract Telegram

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Sept. 25

From Naval Secretary C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: On your account current of disbursemints on account of general appropriations for the quarter ending June 30, 1872, you report a balance on hand of $458.55. You are requested to pay all outstanding bills incurred prior to July 1st 1872, to deposit any balance of those funds that may then remain in your hands and forward certificate of deposit and account of disbursements to this office as soon as practicable, thus closing all transactions with appropriations for the general service of the last fiscal year.

Oct. 18

From Naval Secretary Rear Adml. C. S. Boggs. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Enclosed herewith please find copies of letters from Colonel I. C. Woodruff, Engineer 3rd Light House District, relative to the lantern for Cape Foulweather, which is sent you for your information.

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Office of Light House Engineer Third District. Tompkinsville, N.Y. October 17, 1872

Prof. Joseph Henry S. S. D. Chairman L.H. Board Washington, D.C.

Sir:

In reply to the Board's letter of the 15th

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Nov. 8. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: Referring to your telegram of the 5th instant, I have to inform you that Major Michler, the Light House Engineer at San Francisco, has been directed to look for the Cape Foulweather lantern and report to you.

Nov. 9. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Cape Disappointment Oil House approved Ediz Hook not approved.

Dec. 30. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Fix a date by telegraph on which Foulweather can certainly be lighted.

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Jan. 2. From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: I have to acknowledge your telegram of Dec. 21, ultimo, relating to the lighting of Foulweather Light, and to say that the notice to mariners will be made accordingly.

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From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert, Corps Engineers.

Sir: The Board has been infromed that on the 30th of September last, cisterns were built by you at New Dungenness Light House (the Keeper being in great need of water as previously reported by you) and that no pipes or other arrangements were made connecting them with the roof surfaces by means of which they were expected to be filled and that two months afterward, that is on the 30th of November last, the connections had not yet been made.

The Board desires that you will at once cause the connections to be ade, and that you will forthwith discharge the foreman of the party who left the work in this condition.

Jan. 3.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: On the 5th of November last, you informed this Office that the lantern for Cape Foulweather had not been received, and the Engineer of the 12th District was directed to make search for it in San Francisco. the Board has heard nothing from you on the subject since, and you will at once report to this Office by letter whether you have or have not received it.

Jan. 4.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 16th December relating to the fog signal at Cape Flattery, I have to say that after your workmen left the Station

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might have led to disaster. In the form of notice you have located the light 3 1/2 miles to the southward and one mile to the eastward of the position shown on the Coast Survey chart, as is shown on the chart here - with sent you. It may be, however, that you have more accurate information than the chart offers, and if so, you will please to telegraph, and the Notice to Mariners will be withheld for correction. ________________________________________________________

Jan. 7. Cape Foulweather - error in notice to mariners. -

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers. Sir: Your attention is called to another apparent error in the form of the Notice to Mariners for Cape Foulweather, which has been noticed since the letter to you of yesterday. You have the bearing of Yaquina Light House S. by E. 3/4 E., while according to the charts in this Office it bears from Cape Foulweather Light House E. E. by S. 1/2 S. You will please reply by telegraph in regard to this matter in connection with that of the letter of yesterday. The printing of the Notice to Mariners is waiting for your reply at once on receipt of this communication. ________________________________________________________

Jan. 16 Telegram From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers. Foulweather telegramreceived. Enquiries

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will be made at once. It appears from your telegram that the whole number of cases and pieces for Foulweather lantern shipped by General Woodruff were received by you.

Jan 16 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers With Woodruffs letter to Williamson of April 1st last was sent a list of contents of sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces. All the parts you report as missing were included Telegraph to Michler for the list. You must have made some mistake. If this will delay lighting beyond first of March inform the Board.

Jan. 20 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M.Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Please find herewith a bill of lading and a list of contents of the sixteen boxes and sixteen pieces which you report to have received, comprising and containing the lantern for Cape Foulweather Light House. You will see that all the rafters and tie rods were contained in box No. 6. The sixteen lantern posts were contained in boxes 10,11,12 & 13. As these boxes were received it is supposed that there must have been a miscount and that you will find all of the above mentioned pieces. In regard to the floor lights, they do not appear in the list of contents of the boxes, but they

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1873 are not essential to the lighting of the lens and it can be done without them, temporarily covering the holes. Enquiries will be made at once in regard to them, and if not found they will be supplied. You are requested to inform the board at once in regard to them.

Jan. 29 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: The Engineer of the 3rd Light-House District informs this Office that he has ordered fourteen prismatic light-covers to be shipped to you by steamer to Portland, Oregon for the Cape Foulweather Light Station.

Jan. 29 From Engineer Secretary Major Geo. H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your telegrams of the 22nd instant in which you say "Location of Foulweather correct according to Coast Pilot of Oregon" I have to remark that the Coast Pilot gives the latitude of Yaquina Points 44 40N., the same as you have stated in your form of Notice to Mariners, but the Notice to Mariners also states that Fourweather Light House is 3 3/8 miles to the northward of Yaquina Point. Please to explain your telegram.

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1873 Jan. 29 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Sir: Referring to the matter of Cape Foulweather Light you are requested to telegraph the new for lighting as soon as possible: but do not light the station until you receive orders from the Board so to do.

The places for floor lights must be temporarily covered to exclude drafts.

Feb. 4 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Your telegram of third instant is not understood

Feb. 12 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Sir Your letter of the 23rd January last asking authority to hire a Superintendent of Construction at $200 per month is received

The Board is of the opinion that for the very small number of Light Houses and new works in your District a Superintendent of Construction (assistant Engineer) is not required especially at the high salary you mention. Such a person could not be expected to Superintend in person each week and case of repair for ordinarily you have several in progress at the same time, and it is supposed that competent mechanics as overseers of works could be hired at $125 to $150 per month for each new construction, and that for your repairs one such would

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answer your purpose the general supervision of the works to continue in yourself without the necessity of a Superintendent of Construction.

However if you cannot get along without such an employee, the Board will forward your nomination to the Secretary of the Treasury with its approval, when you send the name of the person you desire for the position.

Feb. 13

From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Sixteen boxes in addition to three boxes glass for Foulweather lantern were shipped in March by Ocean Queen. Bills of lading were sent to Williamson. Michler has been directed to have Winship hunt them up and inform you. If necessary go to San Francisco yourself and inform Board of results.

Feb. 18

From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Were the bronze rabbets of the missing lantern posts received? Michler says the three boxes were lost.

Feb. 20

From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers

Missing parts lantern will be shipped in four weeks.

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1873 Feb. 20 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Your telegram of the 19th instant relative to missing parts of Foulweather lantern ???, is received.

The Ames Manufacturing Company will make the missing parts at once, and they will be done in four weeks.

Feb. 26 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Tools to drill holes in lantern rafters. Foulweather, can be sent you, if not on hand. See drawings. Answer Parts will be bored here.

Feb. 27 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: I have to inform you that I have this day directed George H Rhodes agent, Keystone Portable Forge Co., 40 Cortlandt Street, New York to send you at Portland, Oregon via Pacific Mail Steamship Company, a portable forge No. Two +2, with hood, and have also directed that the bill of lading and invoice of contents of the box or boxers be sent to you as above.

Feb. 27 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Referring further to the telegram of the Board dated February 26th instant, I have to

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1873 say that the manufacturers have templates for the posts, so that they can get the sizes and positions of the holes in the lantern posts exactly, but this is not the case in regard to the rafters. The manufacturers state that a Scotch drill complete, with all necessary drills and tools (to do the drilling by any ordinary workman) can be packed with the lantern posts and rafters and will cost eighty (80) dollars.

If you should conclude on receipt of this to do so, you can telegraph to the Board in time to order them.

Feb. 28 From Engineer Secretary Major G.H. Elliot To Major H.M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: You will please report to the Board, at your earliest convenience, your opinion of the necessity of a Light House at the mouth of the river Umpqua, on the coast of Oregon, the interests of commerce and navigation such Light House would subserve; the proposed height of the focal plane if a Light House is built: and the estimated cost of the work.

You will please report, also, whether a screw-pile Light House which can be removed, when the shifting of the site upon which it is erected requires it (such a one as is used in eastern harbors and bays) would not, in your opinion be suitable for such a locality.

Your full investigation and report are requested.

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1873 abstract of the bids so obtained will be sent to the Board with your recommendation for awards. Before the boiler are accepted they must be tested by the United States Inspector of Boilers for your (U. S.) District, and his certificate as to their strength, Vc., must be obtained before payment is made on the contract. The whistles, machinery Vc, have been ordered to be sent to you by the Engineer of the First District.

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Apr. 7 Cape Foulweather Lantern freight From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Referring to your communication of the fourteenth instant relative to the bill for freight on the sixteen (16) cases and sixteen (16) pieces castings of Foulweather Lantern, you are requested to pay the amount as stated in your letter, viz: four hundred and seventeen dollars and twenty nine cents (417. 29/100) It is presumed no damages can be obtained.

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Apr. 7 Cape Foulweather Lantern freight From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot To Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers Sir: Herewith please find invoice of duplicates of the parts of Cape Foulweather lantern, which were thrown overboard at sea. Major Michler, Engineer of the Twelfth District has been directed to make such dispositions of the packages as you may request; the freight therefor to be paid by you from the appropriation for Cape Foulweather Light House

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1873 Apl. 9.

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: There is required the sum of $803.58 to pay for duplicate parts of the Cape Foulweather lantern. If that amount can be spared from the appropriation, you will please deposit it at once and forward certificate of deposit to this office.

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From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert. Corps Engineers.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 9th instant, recommending that beacons be placed on Sand Island, and on "the rock" by the wreck of the ship "Silvie de Grace" at the mouth of the Columbia River, you are informed that no funds can be expended this year for either purpose, but you are requested to present the matter in your annual estimates.

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From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. TO Major H. M. Robert Corps Engineers.

Sir: Referring to your letter of the seventh instant relative to the location of a Light House and steam fog signal at the mouth of Columbia River, I have to state that the views of yourself and Captain J. H. Spotts, U.S.A. Inspector, on this matter are approved, and that the exact site will not be fixed until you and he can visit the locality in person and select it with a view to its permanency on account of the encroachments of the sea, and the lateral range of the light. The Light House will be of a class called

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"C" of which plans and specifications will be sent you, and both it and the fog - signal house will be built by contract. Authority will be asked at once from the Honorable the Secretary of the Treasury for your publication of a notice of the form herewith and you will send and abstract of the bids received for approval to the Board, with your recommendation in regard to the award. A lantern will be sent to you on your requisition, and it should include all the lanterns which will be required in your District under existing appropriations. A twelve inch (12") steam for whistle, with everything connected therewith has been ordered to be made by the Engineer of the First District and sent to you. A syren is not considered as desirable at Point Adams, on account of the drifting sand and its liability to get out of order. Application should be made at once to the State authorities (if the land has passed out of the control of the Government) for sufficient land, extending southward from the Military reservation, to cover the proposed site. If the land is yet under the control of the General Land Office, immediate application should be made to the Board by you (telegraph) for its reservation from sale by his Excellency, the President.

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Apl. 28. Cape Foulweather Lighthouse

From Engineer Secretary Major G. H. Elliot. To Major H. M. Robert, Corps Engineers.

Sir: You are requested to telegraph to the Board the date at which the Light at Cape Foulweather can be lighted as soon as you can determine the

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