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places, the buckets or floats being furnished by the United States, planed and dressed, — cents per pound.
15th. For the remainder of the wrought iron work in the forged state, well prepared for finishing, - cents per pound.
161h. For the steel work in a forged state, well prepared for finishing, - cents per pound.
17th. For the forged work of copper, well prepared for finishing, cents per pound.
18th. For the necessary turning and boring, with the exception of such pieces as are herein specified to be furnished at a certain price per pound in a finished state, - cents the superficial or square inch of cast iron, and - cents the superficial or square inch of wrought iron and composition.
19th. For the necessary planing, except for such pieces as are herein specified to be furnished for a certain price per pound in a finished state,
- cents the superficial or square inch.
20th. For the necessary number of good workmen to make the patterns, including all tools and the turning, — dollars - cents per diem.
21st. For the necessary number of good workmen, to fit up, finish, and set up the engines on board the vessel, — dollars — cents per diem. No labor to be paid for by the United States, upon parts or pieces which do not finally pass inspection.
22d. For the necessary white pine or other soft lumber, for patterns, &c., --- dollars cents per one thousand feet, board measure.
23d. For the necessary mahogany, for patterns, &e., - cents per foot, board measure.
24th. For any articles not herein particularly specified, the lowest market price.
25th. The undersigned do also hereby propose to furnish any duplicate or extra pieces which may be required or ordered, at the same prices and on the same conditions as herein stated for other similar work, with the understanding
Ist. That the price stated for the air pumps will not include the lining of them with composition, and reboring, but merely the casting and boring, ready for the composition lining.
2d. That the composition work is to be made directly from the separate metals forming that composition ; or, in other words, no old composition must be used in making the new-all must be of some determinate composition, to be approved by the chief naval engineer, so that all may be of equal hardness.
3d. That all the heavy pieces of wrought iron work are to be faggoted solid from small bars, instead of being made from single or large bars.
4th. That so much of the work as practicable is to be executed by the lathes and planing machines, leaving as little to be done by hand as possible.
5th. That the working plans, drawings, and directions, furnished by the Department, are to govern the contractor in executing the work.
6th. That the boilers are to be filled with water and made perfectly tight before being placed on board the vessel ; and, aster being set on board and completed, are to be proved by a steam pressure of twenty pounds to the square inch.
7th. That the United States are to be at no expense for tools of any de
scription, nor for their transportation, or the transportation of the engines or boilers, or any part of them.
sth. That the expense for the materials and labor of making the patterns being paid by the United States, the said patterns are to be carefully preserved, considered the property of the United States, and held subject to their order.
9th. That all such composition boxes and other pieces as may be directed are to be lined with Babbett's patent metal, without extra charge.
101h. That the chief and other engineers who may be employed by the Government to direct and inspect the work are to inspect each part and piece of the machinery and the boilers, and to have the power of rejecting any piece or part, in any stage of its progress, which they may consider de fective in any respect; and the whole, when completed, to be subject to their inspection; and, after trial in actual operation, to their approval, and the approval of such other persons as the Department may appoint, (if in their opinion necessary,) before the final payments are made by the United States.
The undersigned will also agree to pay proper attention to the representations of the inspecting engineers, should they consider any of the workmen who are employed on finishing or other work, for which daily wages are to be paid by the United States, to be incompetent or negligent ; also, that, after any workmen shall have been employed on any part of the machinery, for whose labor daily wages are to be paid by the United States, such workmen shall not be transferred to other work, not connected with the engines and boilers, without the consent of the inspecting engineer.
11th. That the payments shall be made, from time to time, by the United States, as the work progresses, for such parts of the work as may be completely finished, ready
for putting up; for such other parts as the chief cngineer may consider proper that some portion of the cost shall be paid while in progress—such as the heavy forging or casting, when forged or cast, but not finished ; and for labor performed on the parts for which daily wages are to be paid, upon bills specifying particularly the articles, and amount and cost of labor, and dnly certified to be correct by the inspecting engineer; but no payment shall exceed ninety per centum of the amount of any bill thus presented, nor for a less sum than five thousand dollarsthe retained ten per centum to be an additional security for the fulfilment of the contract, until the engines and boilers are fully completed, placed in the vessel, been fully tested, put in actual operation, and have been fully approved by the engineers and others who may be appointed to examine the same, (if considered necessary,) by the Navy Deyartment or Navy Commissioners, and formally accepted on the part of the United States.
12th. That satisfactory sureties shall be furnished, (not connected in business with the undersigued,) who shall give bonds to the amount of twenty thousand dollars for the faithful and punctual performance of this contract, as well in relation to the time for completing the engines and boilers as for the other conditions.
13th. The undersigned do further propose that, in case they shall not, in the opinion of the Board of Navy Commissioners, use due diligence in prosecuting the work, so as to ensure the completion of the engines and boilers within the time herein specified, the Board of Navy Commissioners shall have the right of procuring any pieces or parts of the engines from any other establishment, and employ and pay such additional number of
workmen in building the boilers, or in fitting or putting up the engines and boilers, as they may deem advantageous to the public service; and any additional cost of such pieces or parts, or labor, beyond the prices herein contracted for, shall be deducted from the bills of the said
for such work, materials, and labor, as they may furnish, in addition to the ten per centum herein authorized to be retained as additional security for the proper completion of the contract.
In testimony of all which agreements and stipulations, the parties proposing have hereunto signed their names and affixed their seals, this day of -, one thousand eight hundred and forty-two.
(L. S.] Signed, sealed, and delivered, in the presence of
Muy 3, 1842. GENTLEMEN : Your letter of the 20th ultimo, in answer to the call of the Navy Commissioners for proposals for the materials and workmanship of the iron steamer to be buili on Lake Erie, has been received.
The Board have decided to accept one of the two propositions you have made, but which one of them they will determine in a day or two, of which you will be duly advised. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
For the Board of Navy Commissioners. Messrs. STACKHOUSE & TOMLINSON.
NAVY COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE,
May 7, 1842. GENTLEMEN : The Commissioners accept your offer to furnish the engines for the iron steamer to be built at Erie. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. M. CRANE,
For the Board of Navy Commissioners. Messrs. STACKHOUSE & TOMLINSON.
NAVY COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE, May 19, 1842. GENTLEMEN : Referring to their letter of the 3d instant, the Board of Navy Commissioners have now to inform you that they have decided to contract for the iron steamer at an average rate per pound for the whole of the materials, including labor, transportation, and all other charges of the hull, complete, at Lake Erie.
You will receive, here with, the contract and bond, which you will execute before witnesses and return to this office. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
For the Board of Navy Commissioners. Messrs. STACKHOUSE & TOMLINSON,
CONTRACT This contract, made and entered into this — day of May, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty-two, between Samuel Stackhouse and Joseph Tomlinson, of Pittsburg, in the State of Pennsylvania, gopartners under the firm of Stackhouse & Tomlinson, of the one part, and the Board of Navy Commissioners, acting under the authority of the Navy Department, for and in behalf of the United States, of the other part, witnesseth, that the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson do hereby contract and engage with the said Board of Navy Commissioners as follows:
That, for the consideration hereinafter mentioned, they will, at their own expense, furnish the materials, manufacture, build, launch, and at their own risk deliver, sase afloat, at the harbor of Erie, on Lake Erie, in the State of Pennsylvania, or at such place as the Navy Commissioners may direct, the hull of an iron steamer, to be of American Juniata iron of the best quality, of about five hundred tons measurement; embracing the turnishing, finishing, and putting together to completion the iron work of a! descriptions, including the iron work for the outfits and stores; and painting the same with two good coats of red lead, (one coat before the work is put together, and one coat after being put together,) under the superiotendence of such person or persons as the Navy Commissioners may appoint, and according to moulds, stipulations, dimensions, and directions to be furnished by the Navy Commissioners or by their superintendent. The said Stackhouse & Tomlinson further agree that the boilers and such parts of the engine as may be deemed necessary by the said superintendent shall be put on board by them, before launching, and sufficiently early to allow the decks to be laid and completed previous to that event; and they further agree, that the quantities and dimensions of the iron work may be increased or diminished from what is expressed in the schedules A, B, and C, accompanying the circular letter of said Board of Navy Commissioners of the twelfíh day of April last. The whole of said iron work shall be weighed after being worked and fitted to its appropriate place
, and previous to its being finally put together; this nett weight being that by which payment is to be made. All expenses for the transportation of the iron work, as well as the expenses incident to the launching of said steamer, shall be borne by the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson.
All the aforesaid iron work shall be subject to such inspection as the said Board of Navy Commissioners may direct or authorize, and shall be entirely to their satisfaction, or to the satisfaction of the person or persons who may be appointed by them to inspect the same.
In case the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson shall not, in the opinion of the said Board of Navy Commissioners, use due diligence in prosecuting the work, so as to ensure its completion by or before the tenth day of April
eighteen hundred and forty-three, the said Board of Navy Commissioners shall have the right of procuring from any other establishment any pieces or parts that may then be deficient ; and any excess of cost over the price hereinafter agreed to be paid therefor shall be charged to and paid by the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson.
And the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson do further engage and contract, that no member of Congress, officer of the navy, nor any person holding any office or appointment under the Navy Department, shall have any interest or be in any wise concerned, either directly or indirectly, in any of the issues, profits, or receipts of this contract.
And the said Board of Navy Commissioners, acting as aforesaid, doth hereby contract and engage, with the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson, as follows: That they will furnish the wood moulds and specifications required for the shaping the vessel in season to meet the wants of said Stackhouse & Tomlinson, and will cause the kelson and other wood work to be progressed with and put in as fast as practicable, so as not to delay them in the progress of the iron work.
And that, for all the iron manufactured, furnished, and delivered, for the hull of the steamer aforesaid, manufactured in the manner hereinbefore specified, and which shall pass the required inspection, conform to the moulds, specifications, dimensions, and directions, to be furnished as aforesaid, and be in all respects to the entire satisfaction of the Navy Commissioners, or to the person or persons who may be appointed by them to inspect the same, there shall be paid to the said Stackhouse & Tomlinson, or to their order, by the navy agent at Philadelphia, on the nett weight as aforesaid, (in the manner and to the extent hereinafter provided for,) in four equal payments, viz: the first payınent when the keel is laid, and three-fourths of the frame is up ; the second when the hull is ready to be shipped; the third when the vessel is launched; and the fourth payment when the vessel is completed ; on account of all bills for said iron work delivered, made out in approved form, authenticated by certificates of the inspecting officers, setting forth that the said iron work has been found to be of the best quality, and that it conforms with the stipulations and conditions of this contract, at the rate of thirteen cents and three-fourths of a cent (138 cents) per pound.
No other charge to be admitted, nor allowances to be made by the United States, for or on account of this contract, and ten per centum to be withheld from the amount of all payments on account thereof, as collateral security, in addition to the bond given to secure its performance, and not in any event to be paid until it is in all respects complied with; and ninety per centum of the amount of all deliveries made will be paid by the said navy agent, within thirty days after bills, duly authenticated as aforesaid, shall have been presented to him.
In testimony of all which agreements and stipulations, the parties above nained have hereunto signed their names, and affixed their seals, this day of May, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and forty-two.
SAMUEL STACKHOUSE. [L. s.]
For the Board of Navy Commissioners. Signed, sealed, and delivered, in the presence of