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end of each month deposit the same in the United States sub-Treasury to the credit o the 0. W. account of this office.

“THEODORE WAGNER, United States Surveyor General for California."

Should they meet with your approval, I would nevertheless suggest that Congress be requested to provide proper legislation in the matter, and I would recommend that à provision be added to the law requiring applicants for such copies to pay for the actual cost of the work; the money so received to be deposited in the United States sub-Treasury to the credit of the office work account of this office and reappropriated for the payment of employés performing the work. · The salary of the United States surveyor general for California is fixed by law at $3,000, but Congress failed to appropriate more than $2,750 for the ensuing fiscal year. There are no perquisites or fees attached to the office; the duties are very heavy and onerous, and the responsibility great, so that, with the expense of living and rents here, that compensation is scarcely sufficient to enable the incumbent to live decently with a family. Four thousand dollars per annum would not be more than a fair compensation.

PERSONAL

On the 13th of September, 1877, Henry G. Rollins resigned the office of United States surveyor general for California, and was succeeded on the 17th of October of the same year by General John W. Ames. On the 6th of April, 1878, after several months of painful illness, General Ames departed this life, respected and beloved by all with whom he had come in contact during his brief administration.

The duties of the office were assumed by the present incumbent on the 25th of June, 1878.

Edward D. Knight, an employé of this office for many years, died March 6, 1878, after a prolonged illness. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THEO. WAGNER,

United States Surveyor General for California. Hon. J. A. WILLIAMSON,

Commissioner of the General Land Office.

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A.-Statemont of contracts entered into by the l'nited States surveyor general for California, with deputy surveyors, for the survey of public lands, during the

fiscal year ending June 30, 1878, and payable out of the public appropriation ($24,700) for that year.

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A.-Statement of contracts entered into by the United States surveyor general for California, &c.-Continued.

Name of deputy.

D
Date of con.

tract.

Location of field work.

Meridian,

Amount of Returned
contract. amount.

Remarks.

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W. F. Benson .......... July 20, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 35 north, Mount Diablo...

range 17 east; township 36 north, range 17 east;
township 37 north, range 17 east; township 40
north, range 17 east; township 41 north, range
17 east; township 42 north, range 17 east; town.
ship 36 north, range 11 east; township 36 north,
range 12 east; township 36 north, range 13 east;
township 36 north, range 14 east; township 39
north, range 15 east; township 40 north, range
15 east; township 41 north, range 15 east; town-

ship 42 north, range 15 east.
John Gilcrest .......... July 24, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 18 south,

range 2 east; township 18 south, range 3 east;

township 18 south, range 4 east.
William H. Carlton .... Aug. 1, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 27 south,

range 40 east; township 28 sonth, range 40 east.
Do...

Aug. 2, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 27 south,

range 41 east; township 28 south, range 41 east.
William Minto.

Aug. 4, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 40 north,

ranges 1 and 2 west; township 38 north, ranges
2 and 3 west; township 39 north, ranges 2 and 3

west.
J. M. Anderson ........ Aug. 7, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 9 north,

range 17 east; township 10 north, range 17 east;

township 11 north, range 16 east.
M. F. Reilly ........... Sept. 24, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 20 north, Mount Diablo...i

range 12 west; township 21 north, range 12 west;
township 24 north, range 17 west; township 22

north, range 16 west.
| Township 4 south, range 8 east .......

Humboldt ....
Thomas Creighton ..... June 26, 1878 Survey township 20 south, range 14 east ..... Mount Diablo...
W.F. Benson...
... June 27, 1878 Survey township 23 north, range 8 west; township ..do .....:

6 south, range 20 east; township 7 south, range 22 east.

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B.--Statement of contracts entered into by the l'nited States surveyor general for California with deputy surveyors, for the survey of public lands, during the

fiscal year ending June 30, 1878, and payable from special deposits made in conformity with the act of March 3, 1871.

Name of deputy.

Date of con

tract.

Location of field work.

Meridian.

Amount of Returned

| Name of depositor.
contraot. amount.

Remarks.

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$742 22 C. B. Gregory et al .... Plats and field notes transmit

ted; account closed.
348 74 | James Pulman et al .. Do.

362 20 | Le Roy Perkins et al.. Do,
5,786 99 Central Pacific Rail.

road Company.

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Western Pacific Rail. Time extended to January 1, road Company.

1879

J. R. Glover......... July 10, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 7 Mount Diablo

north, range 21 east.
Do............ July 11, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 24 ....do ....

north, range 14 west.
A. A. Smith ......... July 12, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 29 ....do ....

north, range 12 east.
L. D. Bond.

July 10, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 19 ....do

north, range 8 east; townships 18 and
19 north, range 9 east; township 19
and 20 north, range 10 east; townships
19, 20, and 21 north, ranges 11 and 12
east; townships 16 and 18 north, range
13 east; townships 13, 14, 15, and 16
north, range 15 east; townships 13, 14,

and 15 north, range 16 east.
S. A. Hanson ........ July 16, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 4

south, range 3 east; township 5 south,
range 3 east; township 5 south, range
4 east; township 5 south, range 5 east;
township 5 south, range 6 east; town
ship 5 south, range 7 east; township 6
south, ranges 4 and 5 east; township 3
north, range 10 east; township 1 north,

range 1 east.
James E. Woods ..... July 10, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 22

north, range 14 west.
J. R. Glover ......... July 18, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 22 ...do

north, range 15 west.
James E. Woods ..... July 10, 1877 Complete the subdivision of township 20 ...do

north, range 14 west.
W.F. Benson........ July 23, 1877 Survey of the exterior lines and complete

the subdivision of the uplands in frac-
tional townships 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 north,
ranges 3, 4, and 5 east, and fractional
townships 2 and 3 north, ranges 1 and 2
east; also fractional townships 1 and
2 north, range 6 east, and fractional
township 1 south, ranges 3, 4, 5, and 6,
east, and meander both banks of the
Sacramento, San Joaquin, Mokolam-
me, and Calaveras Rivers and naviga-
ble channels thereof in said townships.

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590 85 N. W. Ward et al ..... Plats and field notes transmit.

ted; account closed.
157 14 Jasper Glover ....

Do.
588 45 Shelby Bishop et al ... Do.

Time extended to Jan. 1, 1879.

550 00

.....do

5, 000 00

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B.-Statement of contracts entered into by the t'nited States surveyor general for California with deputy surreyors, fc.—Continued.

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