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Answer. Yes, sir.
MONDAY, March 3, 1862. Committee met. Present: Lazear, Wall, and Chamberlain. AMMI B. YOUNG recalled.
Question. Who made the measurement for the custom-house at Charleston, of the marble now lying at Hastings ?
Answer. I did.
Question. What amount of stone is now at Hastings ready to be moved ?
Answer. The stones at Hastings now ready for shipment are capi. tals of corinthian columns and antæ of very elaborate detail and finish, wrought in strict accordance with full-sized models furnished by the Treasury Department, and, as per invoice, are worth, when delivered at Charleston, $43,061 60, upon which there has been paid $28, 382 70, being seventy-five per cent. of their value when finally delivered at Charleston, as per terms of contract, less $3,913 50, an ascertained error in the account of March 20, 1857.
Question. Who made the report to you of the quality of material at Hastings for Charleston custom-house for which the government has settled for ?
Answer. Mr. Clark, the engineer in charge.
Question. Will you please furnish us with statement upon which you made the calculation of the amount of stone now at Hastings for Charleston custom-house; also the quality and kind now at Hastings?
Answer. My calculation was made in strict conformity with the terms of the contract, applying to that portion of the marble work, viz : “For all plain, straight, square ashlar, not exceeding six (6) inches bed and build, one dollar thirty-eight cents ($1 38) per superficial foot, and for each additional inch of bed or build of said ashlar an additional sum of fifteen (15) cents per superficial foot, and all plain work shall be considered and measured as ashlar. For all carving and ornamental work such additional sums shall be paid as the
superintending architect or the duly anthorized agent of the first part (the Secretary of the Treasury) shall ascertain to be its fair cost, increased by fifteen per cent." The superficial feet-surface contents of the stone seen as ashlar before carving, multiplied by the price per foot, as produced by size of bed or build, gave the price of the stone in that form, to which was added (as per contract) for the carving and ornamental work thereon a sum equal to its fair cost, increased by fifteen per cent.
SCHEDULE OF STONE AT HASTINGS.
United States to E. Learned debtor for the following pieces of marble prepared, and under a state of preparation, to be used, when
finished and delivered, in the Charleston (S. C.) custom-house, and which were inspected under the contract by an agent of the department at Hastings, upon Hudson, (N. Y.,) on February 11, 1861.
Ft, in. Ft. in. N. in.
24 X 3 0
1 A, carved as 10 B
2 24 X 2 7
2 2 X 2 7
4064 at $3 87 1081
do. 502] do. 1461
do. 272 1284 8921
769 16 1,032 64
497 90 1, 2A6 A1
878 64 1, 187 65
698 69 1,080 24
X 2 7
24 A, carved
4 91 X 2 01 x 4 94
2, 442 35
Less 25 per cent...
Less overpayment on cargo of schooner Onwest, March 20, 1857.
32, 296 20 3,913 50
28, 382 70
Received payment for the above invoice of the Secretary of the Treasury, Washington, March 2, 1861.
FIRST AUDITOR'S OFFICE, March 2, 1861.
D. W. MAHAN.
Received at Hastings, upon Hudson, in the State of New York, from the Secretary of the Treasury, (by hand of S. M. Clark, acting engineer in
I further agree, if ordered so to do within a reasonable time, to finish and complete so much of said marble as may now be unfinished, in every
APRIL 23, 1862 Committee met. Present: Lazear, Perry, Wall, and Chamberlain. S. M. CLARK recalled.
Question. Who are contractors for marble for Charleston customhouse?
Answer. Edward Learned, of New York.
Answer. In general terms I should say the exterior was about twothirds finished at the time the State seceded, and its interior proportionately advanced.
Question. Was there sufficient amount of marble on ground at the time the State seceded to finish it?
Answer. There was not.
Answer. I cannot state with precision without consulting the record, but I should judge nearly or quite $100,000. It is yet undecided whether the balustrade and dome are to be of iron or marble. A decision will affect the amount required.
Question. Where was estimate of work and materials made out? Answer. At the Treasury Department.
Question. When was the last estimate for the payment of money for materials and labor made out?
Answer. The last estimate for materials was made, I think, in the winter of 1860–’61. An estimate for payment of labor was made, I believe, as late as the spring or summer of 1861.
Question. Who took the dimensions of the marble and made the estimate of the amount of work and materials ?
Answer. The exact dimensions of each stone are fixed by the plans. The practice was, after the arrival of the stone at Charleston, South Carolina, the local superintendent there reported whether or not they were delivered according to the plans. Upon the receipt of that report the computation was made by the supervising architect of the department and the department's computer.
Question. Who is supervising architect?
Question. Is that the way it is done on all work done on Treasury Department ?
Question. It is the way on the larger works which are fewest in number, but not upon the smaller which are largest in number. My answer is confined to work done under contract, and does not include work done by the day.
Question. What was the amount of that estimate alluded to in the former number, and on it how much money was paid?
Answer. In response to this inquiry, I file with the committee the following papers:
First. Copy of my report upon the contractors' application for pay: . ment, dated January 24, 1861.
Second. Copy of letter of instructions, dated February 4, 1861.