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EXPLANATION OF THE FOREGOING ESTIMATES.
1. $20,000 here estimated is to be applied to the survey of pine lands on the Upper Mississippi river, and other public lands, in the western and southwestern portions of the State, required
for immediate settlements.
2. $15,000 is estimated for the extension of the lines of public surveys north of Yancton Indian reservation, lying between Dakota and Missouri rivers, and other localities required for actual settlements.
3. $25,000 is estimated for the survey of standard and township lines in the mineral regions, and for the subdivision of agricultural lands to meet the actual demand of settlers.
4. $50,000 is estimated for surveys along the Platte river, in view of the obligations on the part of the government along the line of the Union Pacific railroad from Omaha to the Pacific ocean, and for the survey of other parts of the State needed for settlement.
5. $40,000 is estimated for the survey of public lands up the Smoky Hill fork, along and contiguous to the Union Pacific railroad, and such other portions of the State already settled upon and awaiting the extension of the lines of public surveys.
6. $40,000 herein estimated in to be applied to the extension of the standard lines to the Parks within the Rocky monntains, for surveying township and section lines therein, and for the subdivision of townships falling within the railroad grant along the northern boundary of Colorado.
7. $50,000 is estimated for the survey of Ruby Valley guide meridian, extension of the fourth standard parallel north, township and subdivision of the public lands embraced within the limits of the Central Pacific railroad grant, and sundry other valleys containing actual settlements,
8. $25,000 is estimated for the extension of the lines of public surveys to the mineral districts, and for running township and subdivisional lines in different valleys affording agricul.
9. $5,000 is estimated for continuing the survey of base, meridian, township, and section lines in such portions of the Territory as will be found demanding public lands for actual
10. $5,000 is estimated for the extension of the base, meridian, and standard parallels to the mineral districts, and for the survey of township and section lines in localities compris.
11. $50,000 is estimated for the survey of the public lands situated within the limits of the Central Pacific railroad grant, and other grants for similar purposes in the State, and to
12. $25,000 is estimated for the extension of the lines of public surveys along the railroad routes from Eugene City to the eastern boundary of the State ; Corvallis to the Acquina
13. $15,000 is estimated for the survey of guide meridian and standard parallels through the Colville valley, and for the survey of township and section lines in said valley, as well as
14. $5,000 is estimated for additional surveys in the mineral regions of Utah Territory and for retracing and re-establishing obliterated lines of former surveys, and thereby enable
15, 16, 17, 18. These respective rums are estinated for surveying and determining the boundaries of States and Territories involving astronomical work, and marking the same con.
NOTE.-By the act of Congress approved May 30, 1862, the power of fixing the rates per mile for surveys is expressly delegated to the Commissioner, but in no case to exceed the
REMARK.-No estimates are here submitted for the survey of Indian and other reservations contemplated by the 6th section of the act of Congress approved April 8, 1864, (Statutes, vol. 13, page 41,) as such estimates should inore appropriately emanate from the Office of Indian Affairs, whose province it is to determine the localities and extent of such reservations, as the lodian office was advised by letter of the 31st August last from the Commissioner of the General Land Office.
JOS. S. WILSON, Commissioner. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, General Land Ofice, September 2, 1867.
No. 18 A.
St. Paul, Minn, September 9, 1867. Sir: In accordance with your instructions I have the honor to submit the following report of the progress of the public surveys in this district, and also of the office-work performed since the date of my last annual report, accompanied by the usual tabular statements relating thereto.
Of the field-work undertaken and uncompleted at the date of my last report the whole was completed within the time fixed in the contracts, the notes approved, and the plats and transcripts of same transmitted.
During the months of September and October, 1866, after notice was received of the appropriation of July 28, of same year, small contracts were made with Messrs. O. E. Garrison, George E. Stuntz, and Charles W. Christmas, deputy surveyors. Mr. Garrison completed his contract, but, owing to the lateness of the season and other causes, the other two deputies were unable to fully complete their work, and, with the consent of the Commissioner, a portion of their contracts was cancelled.
On the 22d of September, 1866, George B. Wright, deputy surveyor, was instructed to subdivide township 130 north, of ranges 38 and 39 west, which surveys were completed by him, notes returned, approved, and transmitted.
The deputies sent into the field this season were considerably retarded in their operations in consequence of continued rains and high water during the first of the season, but are now making good progress, and it is believed they all will be able to complete their work within the time to which they are limited by their contracts. The tables herewith transmitted will show the progress made by them to this date, as far as known at this office.
The usual annual examinations of trespasses on the public lands were made early in the spring, and a thorough exploration of all the logging districts shows that the depredations were not very extensive, and it is believed that all are discovered. Collections will be made as fast as possible, and I expect to be able to collect nearly the whole amount during the next two months.
Immigration to this State during the past and present season has been very large, consisting, to a great extent, of a farming population, many of whom are crowding beyond the surveyed portion of the State ; and I take the liberty of urging the fact that the estimates for the surveying service in this district, herewith submitted, is the least amount that could be asked for consistent with the public interest. In addition to the information furnished by the several tabular statements herewith transmitted, the following summary of the office-work performed since the date of the last annual report is given :
The original notes of three thousand (3,000) miles of subdivisional surveys have been examined and platted, and the contents of the fractional lots calcula. ted and placed on the maps and copies.
One hundred and forty-six (146) township plats have been made, including the originals, the Commissioner's, and the registers'.
The original notes of four hundred and twenty-eight (428) miles of standard and township lines have been examined and approved, diagrams of the same constructed, and transmitted with transcript of field-notes.
Three thousand three hundred and fifty (3,350) pages of transcripts for the department and for record in this office have been made, the same compared, and indexed with full title page to each township.
One hundred and four (104) townships of descriptive notes, giving the establishment of the exterior and interior corner boundaries, with description of soil, timber, &c., have been prepared, compared with the originals, and transmitted to the local land offices or filed in this office.
The usual and necessary amount of office-work, such as preparing contracts, notes, and diagrams, for the use of deputies, the correspondence and recording of same, making out deputies' and other accounts, has been performed. A cousiderable amount of time is necessarily required in clerical duties connected with the timber trespasses, and much time has been consumed in preparing a map of this surveying district, as directed by the Commissioner. This map will not be ready to forward with this report, but will be transmitted during the present month.
The several statements, estimates, and map accompanying this report are as follows:
A.—Amount, character, locality, and present condition of the surveys in the field.
B.—Original, Commissioner's, and registers' plats made and copied, with date of transmission.
C.-Estimate of appropriation for surveys for the fiscal year ending June 30,1869. D.--Estimate of appropriation for salaries for the fiscal year ending June 30,1869.
E.—Abstract account of the incidental expenses of the office from July 1, 1866, to June 30, 1867.
G.–Statement showing the number of townships surveyed and acres of land therein. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. NUTTING, Surveyor General. Hon. Joseph S. Wilson,
Commissioner General Land Office, Washington, D. C.
A.-Statement showing the amount, character, locality, and present condition of the surveys in Minnesota uncompletea at and under
Messrs. Jewett and Howo. May 19, 1866 Subdivisions.... Townships 115 and 116, range 36; townships 115 and 116, range Surveys completed, notes returned and approved, and
37; township 116, range 38; townships 117, 118, 119, and 120, plats and notes transmitted.
and townships 105, 106, 107, and 108 north, range 43 west.
and township 45, range 19 west, completed, notes
mitted. Balance of contract cancelled.
Township 130 north, ranges 38 and 39 west of 5th principal me. Surveys completed, notes returned and approved, and
plats and notes transmitted. Charles W. Christmas. Oct. 3, 1866
Townships 131 and 132 north, of ranges 40 and 41 west of 5th Townships 131 and 132 north, range 40 west, surveyed, principal meridian.
notes returned and approved, and plats and notes
transmitted. Balance of contract cancelled.
Bhip lines. parallel therewith, due north 48 miles; the 6th and 7th correc returned, approved, and transmitted,
in townships 54, 55, and 56 north. Messrs. Jewett and Howe. Apr. 6,1867 Subdivisions... Townships 109, 110, 111, and 112 north, ranges 39, 40, 41, 42, and Notes of townships 109, 110, and 111, range 39, re43 west of 5th principal meridian.
turned, approved, and transmitted. Township 112, range 39, and townships 109, 110, 111, range 40, re.
turned. George B. Wright Apr. 6, 1867
Townships 121, 122, 123, and 124 north, ranges 39 and 40 west; Notes of township 124, ranges 39 and 40, returned, ap. townships 123 and 124 north, range 41 west.
proved, and transmitted. Townships 123 and 124, range 41, returned,
taken since the date of the last annual report.
Name of deputy.
Date of con. Character of work.
Amount and locality.
and 127, range 41.
part of range 47 west lying in the State of Minnesota. Range
tion lines from the independent meridian to the 3d guide me.
David Watson...... Apr. 8. 1867 Subdivisions.. Township 114 north, range 41 west; township 114 north, range | Notes of township 114, range 41, returned, approved,
42 went; and townships 113, 114, and 115 north, range 43 west. and transmitted.
township lines. and 104 north, of ranges 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, and 47 meridians, from the State boundary to the 1st stand
west; range lines between ranges 39 and 40, 40 and 41, 41 and ard parallei, returned.
range 45 west.
and 26 west, of 4th meridian. Oscar E. Garrison Aug. 5, 1857 | Township lines Township lines between townships 49 and 50 north, ranges 26 and Do.
& subdivisions. 27 west; range lines between ranges 25 and 26, 26 and 27, in
township 49 north; subdivision of township 49 north, ranges
range 25 west, of 5th meridian.
L. NUTTING, Surveyor General.
SURVEYOR GENERAL'S OFFICE, St. Paul, September 9, 1867.