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2d Session. No. 13.

CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

LETTER

FROM

THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR,

TRANSMITTING

Copies of contracts entered into by the Commissioner of Public Buildings, &c.

DECEMBER 19, 1860.—Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, December 18, 1860.

SIR: In compliance with the resolution of the House of Representatives, dated April 16, 1838, I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the contracts entered into by the Commissioner of Public Buildings during the current fiscal year; also statements giving the names of the bidders, and the prices at which they proposed to do the work contemplated by said contracts.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

MOSES KELLY,

Acting Secretary.

Hon. Wм. PENNINGTON,

Speaker of the House of Representatives of U. S.

This contract, made and entered into this twenty-second day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and sixty, between George Nietzey, of the city of Washington, in the District of Columbia, of the first part, and John B. Blake, Commissioner of Public Buildings, acting under the authority of and for and on behalf of the United States, of the second part, witnesseth: That the said party of the first part does hereby contract and engage with the said John B. Blake, Commissioner of Public Buildings, as follows that, for the consideration hereinafter mentioned, he will furnish all the materials, the requisite labor and tools, and perform all the work necessary in grading, setting the curbstone, laying the

brick pavement, and paving the gutters, &c., on the south side of Missouri avenue, between Third and Sixth streets west, connected on Four-and-a-half street by a flag footway.

The curbstone to be of the best quality of New York North river stone, in pieces of not less than four feet long, sixteen inches deep, and four and a half inches thick, and to be jointed and well fitted, and set in a bed of coarse gravel and well rammed.

The brick to be of the best quality of hard red paving brick, to be laid on a bed of sharp river sand, four inches deep, on a bed of fine gravel, free from clay or loam, three inches deep, with two courses on edge next to the curb and one course on edge on the inner line.

The stone paving to be of common cobble stones, not exceeding four inches in diameter, except the stone on the outside line of the gutter, which must be six inches in diameter, laid on a bed of coarse sand and clean gravel, free from clay or loam, at least nine inches deep, and to be twice rammed, the second time after being well wet, and covered with fine clean gravel or coarse sand; the centre of the gutter to be laid with five courses of hard red paving bricks on edge.

The flagging to be of the best quality New York North river flagging, in pieces of not less than four feet long by eighteen inches wide, and not less than four inches thick; to be laid on a bed of fine gravel, six inches deep, free from clay or loam, and well jointed.

All grading not exceeding one foot to be rated as trimming, and the surplus earth to be removed by the contractor to such place as may be designated by the superintendent.

The work to be done in the most workmanlike manner and to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Public Buildings, and under the superintendence of such person as he may appoint, and to be completed on or before the first of November next, and warranted to stand twelve months after completion. All repairs that may be required within the time for which the work is warranted, to be done at the expense of the contractor.

And the said John B. Blake, Commissioner as aforesaid, for and in behalf of the United States, does hereby contract and engage with the said party of the first part, as follows: To pay him, viz: for each cubic yard of grading, ten cents; for each square yard of trimming, one and a half cent; for each foot, lineal measure, of curbstone set, twenty-seven cents; for each square yard of brick pavement, forty-nine and a half cents; for each square yard of stone pavement, twenty-nine cents; for each square foot of flagging, twenty cents; for each lineal foot of brick on edge in gutter, eight cents; payment to be made upon the certificate of the superintendent appointed by the Commissioner, stating the quantity of work done when the whole shall have been completed as stated above.

In testimony of which agreements and stipulations, the parties above named have hereunto signed their names and affixed their seals the day and year first herein written.

GEORGE NIETZEY. [L. S.
JOHN B. BLAKE. [L. S.]

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presence of—
GEO. W. DANT.

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