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No. 3. Copies of all contracts for materials and labor.
No. 4. Estimate of probable amount of materials required under said contracts, and to complete south wing.
No. 5. Statement exhibiting the cost of tools, teams, shops, sheds, derricks, steam-engine, and other machinery.
The contracts state the place from which the granite is to be brought, except in the case of McCloy & Co., and Sumwalt & Green. The former comes from Richmond and the latter from Maryland. Quantity of granite required, 98, 235 cubic feet.
In reply to the inquiry "whether any alterations or modifications have been made in any of the said bids or proposals after the same were opened,” I have to state that no alterations or modifications were made in any of the bids, proposals, or contracts.
In reply to the inquiry · whether any, and if so, what, portion of said material has been purchased or contracted for without publie notice having been first given," &c., I have to state that, from the advanced state of the season when the work was commenced, and to expedite operations, I determined to purchase the materials for the foundation in open market; and with this view I caused application for offers to furnish materials for the basement to be made to all persons engaged in the business of furnishing such, to obtain the best quality, cheapest, and in the shortest time, and when this was a certained they were purchased from the lowest dealer, considering the material. Memoranda of the offers and their acceptance accompany this. In the advertisement calling for proposals for granite, in the absence of the superintendent, the officer in charge of the work, not knowing the decision of the department as to the mode of procuring the materials for the basement, added the last clause to the advertisement, calling for bids for materials for the cellar walls. The con tract for the granite for this part of the work was signed two days before the opening of the bids. The proposals for the granite for the superstructure did not, however, contain the item for the basement.
No portion of the work or labor is done by contract, except what is herein before referred to.
The present derricks were not designed to set the columns. The additional machinery for the purpose will probably cost $1,600.
The following is a list of the prices paid by the day for the various descriptions of labor: Laborers ..
. from $1 00 to $1 25 per diem. Drillers and leuisers.
· from 1 25 to 1 50 Stone masons
. . from 2 00 to 2 50 Stone cutters
· from 2 00 to 2 50 Brick masons
from 2 00 to 2 50 Carpenters
2 00 Engineer
2 00 Teamsters....
1 33 A careful examination of the bids shows that many of them are not concise on points of vital importance; such as not specifying the quality of the cutting, or the number of blocks of which they propose to form the shafts of the columus.
Some of the proposals state that the cutting is to be equal to the "sample;" but as the sample has four different qualities of cutting, it is impossible to say which of the four is meant. As to the number of pieces comprising the shaft, some of the bids are explicit, while others propose to make it in two or three pieces; others, again, propose, for a stated sum, to furnish the shaft, without specifying the number of pieces of which they propose to make it.
As the cost of these columns increases with the increased size of the stone or stones composing them, and with the quality of the work. manship put upon them, it is evident that a bid not explicit on those points would, if accepted, lead to interminable difficulties in deciding the quality of material and workmanship meant by the bidder or expected by the government.
The following is a list of the bidders, and the gross amount of each bid, for all the granite required in the superstructure; and, opposite to each name, a note, showing wherein some of the bids are not explicit :
1. Beals & Dixon.....
3. Berry & Mohun..
6. Edward Hawks
7. Sargent, Frederick & Field ..
8. M. G. Emery.....
9. Gault & Brother
$243, 546 Specific in every particular.
inferior to that selected.
of stock furnished; is indefinite as to
number of pieces for shaft. 308, 385 Style of cutting below standard, and stock
inferior to that selected. 368, 023 Style of cutting below standard, and stock
indefinite. No sample furnished. 559, 689 Style of cutting below standard, and stock
inferior to that selected. Does not offer for shaft in one piece. Price six cents per foot additional for all stone over 70 cubic feet. Contracted for at f of one
cent. 406,641 Style of cutting below standard, and is in
definite as to the number of pieces for
shafts. 466,890 Indefinite as to the number of pieces for
shafts of columns. Price five cents per foot additional for all stone over 70 cubic
feet. Contracted for at of one cent. 266, 355 Specific, except in parts named below. 312, 050
in use at Patent Office, large Baltimore crystal. Dencient in strength, bearing only a pressure of 80,057 pounds to the cubic inch, as shown by result of examination by government commissioners. Other marbles of good quality range from thirteen to twenty thousand pounds.
10. J. B. Emery ..
11. 0. T. Rogers ...
All the bids, except that of Beals & Dixon, are indefinite as to the quality of cutting (or hammering) proposed, namely : cornice, architrave, capitals, bases of capitals and bases of antæ.
This want of explicitness in most of the bids, and some striking peculiarities (which can hardly be attributed to accident or ignorance) in two or three of them, seem to warrant the conclusion that they were designed to mislead the department as to results, and to avoid a due execution of the work on the part of the contractor, as to style, and the use of proper materials. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. N. P. Banks, Jr.,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
No. 1,-ADVERTISEMENTS FOR PROPOSALS.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, June 26, 1855. Proposals will be received at this department until the 27th day of August next, at 12 o'clock m., for furnishing (wrought, fitted, and delivered in a proper state to put into the building) all the material for the exterior walls of the south wing of the extension of the Treasury Department building, which will be either granite or marble, as may hereafter be determined. The bidder whose bid is accepted, to have the privilege of furnishing the material for the outside of the remainder of the building when Congress may have made the necessary appropriations for its construction, provided that at that time it is deemed for the interest of the United States to give it to him. The department reserving the right to reject the proposals hereby invited, should the interest of the United States require it.
The stones must all be wrought to the dimensions, sizes, models, &c., which may be furnished by this department, by which all measurements will be governed.
On the court or rear side of the exterior, the walls will be plain ashlar, with plain window openings of equal height in the three upper stories, and crowned with a cornice similar to the rear of the present building, without the architrave and frieze.
On the remainder of the exterior walls, the columns and antæ, their capitals and bases, the entablature and balustrade, the window and door dressings, &c., the style of architecture of the present building, so far as ornament is concerned, will be preserved throughout, with the exception of the door and window openings, which may be varied, except those in the east end of the two wings. The sizes, shape, and dimensions of the columns, antæ, capitals, bases, and cross section of the entablature and balustrade, will be the same as in the present building.
If of granite the shaft of the columns may be either in one or three pieces of equal length. The base and capital of the columns and antæ will each be in one piece. The architrave of the entablature will extend in one length from centre to centre of antæ or column, and those over the latter to be composed of but one block, with both sides and bottom wrought, together with such parts of the top as may be required. Those over the ante, the outer face and the top and bottom edge.
The face of the ashlar must be perfectly wrought to the sample, with all the necessary heads, rebates, returns, &c., required ; the beds, builds, ends, &c., rough hammered to the square. All rebates, mouldings, ornamental and bevelled work must be clean wrought, and agreeable to the directions given by the superintendent.
If marble is used, the shafts of the columns may be in four or five pieces; the architrave in one length from centre to centre of the columns or antæ ; but over the former may be composed of three separate blocks, one lying flatwise, forming the underside and the first member on each edge ; forming the inside and outside faces of the same. Those over the antæ must be in one block.
The measurement of the material and work delivered, and the pay. ment thereon, will be made agreeably to the following form and schedule, and all bids must be made accordingly :
Schedule or rule for the measurement of materials to be delivered, viz: Cornice, per foot in length, including cost of stock, freight, and workmanship ...
$ Architrave over column, including cost of stock, freight, and
workmanship ..... Architrave over ante, including cost of stock, freight, and
workmanship.. Capitals of columns, each, including cost of stock, freight,
and workmanship: Capitals of antæ, each, including cost of stock, freight, and
workmanship Bases of antæ, each, including cost of stock, freight, and
workmanship.. Bases of column, each, including cost of stock, freight, and
workmanship.... Shafts of column in one piece, including cost of stock,
freight, and workmanship Shafts of column, in three or more pieces, including cost of
stock, freight, and workmanship ... Plain steps, (with a cross section of 1' 7" by 61 to 8 inches)
per foot in length, including cost of stock, freight, and workmanship ..... Platforms, 3 feet wide, length not exceeding 10 feet, includ
ing stock, freight, and workmanship, per superficial foot
of surface seen ... For any greater width than 3 feet, up to 8 feet, an increase
price per superficial foot for each additional 3 inches of width of...
All the other stones of the building whose width does not exceed three times their thickness will he measured as follows : The stock in all stones whose contents do not exceed 30
cubic feet will be measured and paid for by the cubic
contents, at per cubic foot: ... For all stones exceeding 30 feet and not exceeding 70 cubic
feet, for each additional foot an additional price of, per
cubic foot..... For all stones exceeding 70 cubic feet in contents, for each
additional foot an additional price of, per cubic foot...
For stones of greater width than three times their thickness, there will be paid an additional price of per cent. for each additional three inches in width.
The work on the above will be measured and paid for by the superficial foot. For each superficial foot of fine hammered granite work seen, equal to No. 1 hammering on Boston custom-house, per superficial
foot ... No. 2 hammering on Boston custom-house, per superficial
foot... No. 3 hammering on Boston custom-house, per superficial
foot.. No. 4 hammering on Boston custom-house, per superficial
foot... For all beds, builds, ends, backs, &c., hammered full to the
square, as ordered, per superficial foot...
Each bidder to furnish a sample-a cube of one foot of the stone he proposes to deliver, with five faces hammered, giving on four sides his understanding of the above four qualities of hammering, the fifth side, his rough hammering ; while the sixth may show the rough stock; and this will be used as a standard in judging of the stock delivered.
If of marble, the face of the ashlar must be hammered in the most perfect manner, agreeably to a sample of the size above named, to be furnished by the bidder; and the surface seen will be measured and paid for at $ per superficial foot.
For hammering of beds, builds, backs, &c., full to the square, as per same, $—per superficial foot.
If the above is sand-rubbed, per cent. is to be added.
For hammering of channels and rebates, not exceeding 4 by 2 inches, cent additional per lineal foot. For hammering of mouldings of one curve,
per cent. additional upon the cost of plain work; of two curves, per cent. upon plain work, per superficial foot. Each arris on same,
lineal foot. For hammering bevelled work, — per cent. additional to plain work; but to apply only to the part cut off from the square work, and which is in no case to be measured in the plain work.
For hammering of circular work, — per cent. additional to plain work.