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year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eight, entitled "An act concerning public contracts," and may at any time be terminated by a joint resolution of the two houses of Congress.

This contract is to commence so soon as the said ship is ready, and to terminate the thirtieth day of June, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, with the express understanding, however, that this contract is not binding without a ratification by Congress, and that the quarterly payments, herein stipulated, are to be made out of appropriations hereafter to be passed by Congress, and not from the general funds of the department

In witness whereof, the said contractor and his sureties have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year set opposite to their names respectively.


Signed, sealed, and delivered, in the presence of

ABSTRACT.-Showing the substance of the various propositions submitted to the Post Office Department during
the year 1847, for mail service between the United States and Foreign Ports.

Proposed route.

Name and residence of proposers.

New York to Havre, Fox & Livingston, France. of the city of New York.

B. B. Williams, and associates, of the city of New York.


Chas. H. Marshall, for self and associates, of the city of New York.

Nature and amount of the proposed service.

Once a month each way, or twice a month for eight months, and once a month for the other four months, for ten years; in steamships of at least two thousand tons, with double engines of one thousand horse power each, and suitable for conversion into ships of war.

In steamers of not less than two thousand tons, and suitable for, and liable to be, converted into ships of war; frequency of trips not stated.

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In the steamer United States, of about $75,000 a year for each two thousand tons, and one or three more steamers like her; fit and liable to be converted into war steamers; frequency of trips not stated.

New York to Marseilles, M. L. Ostrander, In steamers of speed and capacity, and For a compensation to with the usual conditions.


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be agreed upon. This
received until January,

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for self and associates, of the city of New York.

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In steamers suitable for that service, say of three hundred to three hundred and fifty tons each, and suitable for war steamers. Once a month each way, or twice a month each way.

In good and substantial sea steamers; twice a month each way, or four times a month each way.

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In steam vessels of not less than six hundred tons, and of suitable construction

$55,000 per annum,
$50,000 from Astoria

from Panama to Cha-

for war steamers, from Astoria to Pan-to Panama, and $5,000
ama, and from Panama to Chagres," by
a suitable land conveyance;" the whole
once in two months, each way.

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In five pilot-boat built schooners of from one hundred to one hundred and twenty tons, suitable for coast cutters; once a month each way.

T. B. W. Stockton, For the land part of the route, Panama of Flint, Mich., to Chagres only; twice a month. and R. M. Farrington, of New Orleans, La.

D. C.

Orramel H. Throop, For the land part of the route, Panama of Washington, to Chagres only; on horseback, once in two months, once a month, or twice a month.

Amount asked for the same.

$65,000 per annum, from Panama to Astoria, "and at a pro rata rate to other ports and places."

$5,000 per annum, or at pro rata for the distance across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

$2,492 per annum, once in two months; $2,984 once a month; $3,968 twice a month; to be increased pro rata, as the weight of the mails may require additional horses. Will substitute Porto Bello for Chagres, if required.

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M. C. Mordecai, of In a "first rate steamship," once a month $60,000 per annum. This Charleston, S. C. each way. offer was subsequently withdrawn.

James M. Stocker, In a first rate steamship, of five hundred of Charleston, S. to seven hundred tons; once in two months, with the privilege of running once a month.


New York to St. Thomas, West Indies.

Charleston, S. C. via M. C. Mordecai, of Key West, to Havana, Charleston, S. C. Cuba.

Madison Post, of "In a suitable vessel," once a month $2,450 per annum. Key West., Fla. each way.

New York to Chagres, I. M. Woodward, New Grenada.

of the city of New York.

Aymar & Co., New
York city, by J.
D. Van Buren,
one of the firm.

$60,000 per annum, for once in two months; $100,000 for once a month.

$45,000 per annum.

Twice a month, in a steamship fully suit- $50,000 per annum. able for the mail service; but reserving right in the months of August and September, to send mail by sailing ships. Service to commence 1st Sept., 1847.

Or same service, in same kind of steamship, to be built as soon as possible.

Once every two months, in a steamship of not less than six hundred tons.

$45,000 per annum.

Once a month, in a steamer of not less $60,000 per annum. than eight hundred tons, and suitable for a war steamer, &c.

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