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I have the honor to report that I have this day employed Mr. C.B. Talbot as an additional draughtsman, in this office, and ask that his hire be approved from this date @ $150.00 per month. I also inclose the usual oath of office taken by Mr. Talbot. I shall probably need the services of two draughtsmen for three or four weeks.

Very respectfully
Your obedient servant
[sig.] Henry M. Robert
Maj. of Engrs. U.L.H. Engr
Thirteenth District

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July 8, 1871 From Engineer Secretary Major George H. Elliot

Free entry of ??? appa. per Steamer Minnesota

Sir: I have the honor to request that the Collector of Customs at New York may be instructed to admit to free entry &c, fifteen cases marked "Lake Huron, Nos. 433 @ 447? containing a third order lens, fixed, 360˚, imported from France for the use of the Light House Establishment per the Steamer "Minnesota"

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July 10, 1871 From Engineer Secretary Major George H Elliot, U.S.A.

Free entry of ??? App for Yaquina Bay - per Str Wyoming

Sir: I have the honor to request that the Collector of Customs at new York may be instructed to admit to free entry, &c, two cases marked Yaquina Bay, Nos. 431, 432", containing a fifth order lens, fixed, 270˚, imported from France per Steamer "Wyoming" for the use of the Light House Establishment.

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