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the present price per mile is inadequate; particularly at the present rate of gold, which, it must be borne in miud, is the basis of business in this State. These suiveys are also of a difficult and expensive character, as th-y will encroach upon uneven ground, and heavily timbered and exceedingly brushy districts. Much of this is the running or vine maple, a most stubborn enemy of operations in the field. Another difficult class of brush is the fir, and there will be extensive tracts of this to coutend with. Where growing from six to ten feet high it is often almost as thick as hemp. Much of these surveys cannot be done without cutting out a path. In fact, it is almost useless to think about extending these surveys at present rates, unless the government should reach specie payments, a thing for some time to come scarcely hoped for.

Since making our diagram of last year, we have received more ample information in regard to the Jobn Day river and its tributaries, and our present diagram, therefore, may be regarded as the closest approximation to the correct that may be had short of an actual survey.

I have for some time contemplated running a standard line from the Deschutes meridian east far enongh to reach the settlements along the valley of the middle fork of the John Day river, below and in the vicinity of Canyon City, but am now satisfied that the most economical and practicable method to accomplish that purpose will be to run a new guide meridian from the base line south into those valleys and establish upon that the necessary standard lines upon which to base those surveys, and they are much needed to be made, as has been before reported. To this important necessity I would respectfully call your attention in making your recommendation for appropriation to extend the work in the field.

I have contracted for the continuation of the base line east to the intersection of Snake river, and do not doubt but that it will be completed during the summer. This has been attended to in view of the perfection of the diagram of the district, and out of respect to your suggestions of March 16, 1866.

We have made it a point to be as (conomical and prudent m the expenses of the oflice as possible. The heavy financial burdens of the government are not forgotten, and nothing is purchased unless positively needed and cannot be dispensed with. Our furniture is old and plain, and, with the exception of a few articles, has served since the establishment of the office. It has been our aim to keep our official conduct in all these things above censure, and are glad to be able truthfully to say, with success. In this manner we hope to do our part in sustaining the honor and reputation of this important branch of the public service. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. Z. APPLEGATE,

Surveyor General of Oregon. Hon. Joseph S, Wilson,

Commissioner of General Land Offire.

A.-Statement of surveying contracts made since June 30, 1867.

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1866.
113 July 2 | George Mercer..

17 00 00

114 July 2 Wm. H. Odell

40 20 65

$255 00 Contract clo'd;

reporte 1 for

payment.
67 66 87 286 09 22 4,279 05 Contract clo'd;

reported for
payment.

Second standard parallelsouth f on the south

west cori er of township 10 south, range 8

west, west to the Pacific ocean.
Exterior lines of township 4 north, range 34

east, townships 3 and 4 north, ranges 35,
36, and 37 east, townships 5 and 6 north
range 37 east; also subdivisional lines of
township 4 north, ranges 31, 34, 35, 36, and
37 east, townships 5 and 6 norih, range 37
east, township 3 north, ranges 36 and 37
east, township 3 north, ranges 31 and 35
east; also the ba-e line east from the north-
east corner of township 1 south, range 40

east, to the l-ft bank of Snake viver.
Seventh standard parallel south, between

townships 35 and 36 south, through ranges
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 east; also the
exterior lines of township 28 south, range
7 east, township 29 south, ranges 7 and 8
east, township 30 south, range * east, town-
ship 31 south, ranges 8 and 9 east, town-
ship 32 south, range 9 east, township 33
south, range 10 east, township 34 south,
ranges 10 and 11 east, township 35 sonth,
ranges 11 and 12 east, townsbips 35 and 30
sonth, ranges 13, 14, and 15 east; also the
subdivisional lines of township 28 south,

115 July 23 D. P. Thompson, B.

J. Pengra, J. W.
Meldrum.

34 00 00 155 21 62 846 23 31 10,836 15 Contract clo'd ;

reported for
payment.

H.-Statement of plats made in the office of the United States surreyor general for California during the fiscal year of 1866-'67.

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I.-Statement of examinations and reports made to the department for patent of all subdirisional surrrys pre-empted or selected under

the acts of Congress relating thereto during the fiscal year of 186667.

RFPORT OF LAND OFFICES IN 1865.

REPORT OF LAND OFFICES IN 1866.

REPORT IN 1867.

Names of land

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districts,

San Francisco
Stockton..
Marysville
Ilumboldt
Visalia ......

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Grand total.

210

K.-Statement showing the numbers and present condition of surveys of private land claims in California under instructions from this

office during the fiscal year of 1866-'67.

No. of sur

vey.

No, in land commission.

Name of rancho.

County.

Name of confirmees.

Remarks

Resurvey.

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58 Mallacomes .
239 Santa Ysabel .....
286 Pueblo lands of San José ........
61 San Geronimo ...........
188 | Island San Diego............
543 Pueblo lands of Santa Barbara ....
483 | Topangu Malibu....
700 Santa Margarita .........
297 | Tract near San Juan Bautista.....
521 Temascal .--.

Lands near Santa Cruz..

Sonoma.......
San Diego ....
Santa Clara ....
San Luis Obispo..
San Diego ....
Santa Barbara...
Los Angeles....
San Diego ....
Monterey .....
Santa Barbara..
Santa Cruz ...

J.S. Berreyesa . ,
J.J. Ortega et al '....
Mayor and common council of San José.....
R. Villavicencio ....
F. Billings et al .....
Mayor and common council of Santa Barbara..
M. Keller, substitute for L, V, Prudhomme....
Pio Pico et al ....
M. Larios ........
R. de la Cuesta et al., substituted for M. Anguesola ....
Thomas Russel ....

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Resurvey.

L.--List of lands surveyed in California from June 30, 1866, up to June 30, 1867.

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Mount Diablo meridian.

Acres.
| Township 1 N., range 1 E.. 20,939. 88

11 N., range 9 E... 23, 256.48
12 N., range 18 E.. 21, 697.30
15 N., range 3 E.

13, 208.50
15 N., range 17 E

1, 321.96
16 N., range 11 E. 23, 005.01
17 N., range 11 E.. 23, 121.01
17 N., range 12 E... 22, 346. 25
17 N., range 13 E.. · 23, 032.49
17 N., range 14 E.. 23, 062.55
17 N., range 15 E...... 18, 101.17
18 N., range 4 E... 22, 875.91
21 N., range 1 E... 12, 027.61

13,964.10
N., range 17 E...

10, 674.36 N., range 1 E...

7,844.83
N., range 2 E...

... 4,178.77
22 N., range 17 E

17,942. 29
17,471.96
13, 330, 33

17, 640.22 N., range 15

3,904, 44 N., rango 16 E......! 19,011.30

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Acres.
23, 259.83
23, 256.48
33, 856.65
23, 928.00
22, 899. 36
23,005.01
23, 121.01
23,041.42
23, 103. 02
23,062.55
18,748.62
22, 875.91
23,040.00
23, 008.10
23, 251, 36
23, 018.83
22,998.77
22, 789.29
22, 841.96
22, 830.33
22, 870.22
233, 024.44
22, 999, 30

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