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cations shall be exchanged at Washington within three months from the date hereof, or sooner, if possible.
In faith whereof, the respective plenipotentiaries have signed this convention, and thereto affixed the seals of their arms.
Done at Washington, the thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD. (L. S.]
EDOUARD DE STOECKL. L. S. And whereas the said treaty has been duly ratified on both parts, and the respective ratifications of the same were exchanged at Washington on this twen: tieth day of June by William II. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States, and the Privy Counsellor Edouard de Stoeckl, the envoy extraordinary of his Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, on the part of their respective governments :
Now, therefore, be it known that I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States of America, have caused the said treaty to be made public, to the end that the same and every clause and article thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this twentieth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, and of the independence of the United States the ninety-first.
ANDREW JOHNSON. L. S. By the President: William H. SEWARD,
Secretary of State.
L E T T E R
TII E TREASURY,
in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 16th instant, information in relation to the means adopted for the payment of the bounties provided for by the act of July 28, 1866.
JULY 19, 1867.-Read, ordered to lie on the table and be printed.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, July 18, 1867. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a resolution of the Senate of the 16th instant, as follows :
" Resolred, That the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Treasury be instructed to inform the Senate whether any means can be adopted by their respective departments, or either of them, to expedite the payment of the bounies provided by the act approved July 28, 1866.”
In reply to the resolution, I transmit a copy of the report made by the
Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. B. F. WADE,
President of the Senate.
there are as many
SECOND AUDITOR's Office,
Washington, July 17, 1867. Sir: In reply to your request for information, whether any means can be adopted to expedite the payment of the bounties provided by the act approved July 28, 1866, I have the honor to report, that every possible effort has been made by this office to hasten the settlement of this class of claims, and that
clerks engaged in the examination of rolls and final statements as can be safely and profitably employed.
The rolls are vouchers in paymasters' accounts, deposited here for settlement, and are used in the settlement of the claims of heirs of deceased soldiers-of discharged colored troops-of soldiers who have lost their discharges, and for other settlements, besides furnishing information to the Commissioner of Pen sions, and to the Paymaster General, to enable him to pay the bounty to white discharged soldiers. They are in constant use, and there are, upon an average, thirty thousand rolls at the Comptroller's, with accounts which have been settled in this office and sent there for revision and confirmation.
During the year ending June 30, 1867, there were settled in this office eightysix thousand six hundred and eighty-one claims of soldiers, or their heirs, one hundred and twenty-five thousand six hundred and forty certificates furnished, after examination of the rolls, to the Paymaster General, and eight thousand five hundred and sixty to the Commissioner of Pensions, equivalent to the settlement of two hundred and twenty thousand eight hundred and eighty-one claims, involving the use of the rolls.
There are now forty-five clerks constantly employed in searching rolls and preparing certificates for the Paymaster General and the Commissioner of Pensions.
During the months of last April, May, and June, the number of certificates furnished to the Paymaster General was thirty-eight thousand and eighty, being an average of twelve ihousand six hundred and ninety-three per month.
The labor of searching for rolls would be diminished, and injury to them from too frequent use might be avoided in a measure and more certificates be furnished, if the calls from the Paymaster General were made to embrace a larger number of soldiers from any single company and regiment than they now do. Whether it is practicable, or not, for him to do so, is a question about which I am not competent to express an opinion.
The number of claims of heirs and discharged soldiers received in this office for settlement during the year ending June 30, 1867, was two hundred and thirty-five thousand four hundred and thirty-one, a very large proportion of which were based upon the resolution of July 26, 1866, granting bounty to colored soldiers, and the act of July 28, 1866, giving additional bounty to heirs. It became necessary to reduce the ordinary settling force of the office to take charge of the registering, brieting, filing and examination of this large accession of claims, and as more than half
of them were imperfectly prepared, the labor has been largely increased, and it was not until June that it was possible to commence their settlement.
In the course of a couple of months they will probably be settled at the rate of fifteen thousand per month, and if possible the number of settlements will be increased. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. B. FRENCH,
Auditor. The SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.
Second COMPTROLLER's Office,
Washington, July 17, 1867. These claims are now being settled at this office as fast as they are received from the Auditor. If this settlement is to be expedited, an additional number of clerks and additional rooms, in which they may work, will be required by this bureau.
J. W. SMITH,
In compliance with a resolution of the 16th instant, information in relation to the means adopted to expedite the payment of bounties provided by the act of July 28, 1866.
JULY 19, 1867.-Read, ordered to lie on the table and be printed.
Washington City, July 19, 1867. Sir: In reply to the Senate's resolution of inquiry, of July 16, whether any means can be adopted by the War Department to expedite the payment of bounties provided by the act of July 28, 1866, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report of July 18 by the Paymaster General on the subject. Your obedient servant,
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War. Hon. B. F. Wade,
President of the Senate.
WAR DEPARTMENT, PAYMASTER GENERAL's Office,
Washington, July 18, 1867. Sir: A resolution of the Senate dated the 16th instant, instructing the Secretaries of War and of the Treasury to inform the Senate whether ** any means can be adopted by their respective departments, or either of them,” to expedite the payment of bounties provided by the act of July 28, 1866, has been referred to me for report.
As no bounty act of the date named in the resolution is known to this office, it is assumed that the inquiry relates to the additional bounty authorized by the act of July 28, 1866.
In my report of the 11th instant in answer to House resolution of the 9th instant, (substantially the same as this resolution of the Senate,) I had the honor to state my conviction that so far as pertains to this bureau no further legislative action is needed as a means of expediting the payment of bounties. I beg leave, therefore, to repeat that report as answer to this inquiry of the Senate :
“So far as relates to this bureau I am of opinion that no further legislation is necessary. Paymasters and clerks, as many as can successfully engage in the work of examining and paying the claims for additional bounty, are diligently and industriously so employed. Any change in the system now in favorable progress
I feel sure would tend rather to retard than facilitate the accomplishment of the desired end.
“It is proper to explain, that the rolls to which reference must be bad for the authentication of each bounty claim have passed from the custody of this office to that branch of the Treasury Department, the office of the Second Auditor, to which they finally pertain, for the examination and settlement of disbursing officers' accounts.
“This bureau is therefore dependent upon the Auditor for essential facts to be derived from the rolls in his possession before claims can be finally determined and paid. The payments follow just as rapidly as the answers to our inquiries are received from the Auditor.
* With the present facilities of this office, the number paid monthly could be largely increased if it were possible for the Second Auditor to supply us with needed data.
“ Whether that officer with an increase of his clerical force could hasten the work in his office, or whether he has not already as many clerks engaged at the special matter of furnishing data to us, as, from its nature, can be profitably so employed, are questions properly to be answered by himself.” I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. W. BRICE,
Paymaster General. Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.