tSF Our publication oflica is on Scvcutli
street, adjoining Adahison's Periodical Depot,
and opposite the General l'ost ODicc.
Monday, April to lggl.
By the President of the United States :
Whereas the laws of the United States have
been for tome time past, and now are, opposed,
and the execution thereof obstructed, in the
States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,
Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, by
combinations too powerful to be suppressed by
the ordinary course of judicial proceeding, or
by the powers vested in the marshals by law :
Now, therefore, I, Abhahim Lixcolv, Presi
dent of the United States, in virtue of tho
power in me vested by the Constitution and the
laws, have thought fit to call forth, and do
hereby call forth, the militia of the several
States of tho United States of the Union, to the
aggregate number of seventy-five thousand, in
order to suppress said combinations, and to
cause the laws to be duly executed. The de
tails for this object will be immediately com
municated to the State authorities, through the
I appeal to all loyal citizens to favcr, facili
tate) and aid, this effort to maiutain the honor,
the integrity, and the existence, of our national
Union, and the perpetuity of popular govern
ment, and to redress wrongs already long
I deem it proper to say, that the first service
assigned to the forces hereby called forth, will
probably be to repossess tha forts, places, and
property, which have been seized from the Union ;
and, in every event, the utmost care will be ob
served, consistently with the objects nforesaid,
to avoid any devastation, any destruction of, or
interference with property, or any disturbance of
peaceful citizens in any part of the country.
And I hereby command tho persons com
posing the combinations aforesaid, to disperse,
and retire peaceably to their respective abodes
within twenty days from this date.
Deeming that the present condition of public
affairs presents an extraordinary occasion, I
do hereby, in virtue of the power in niu vested
by the Constitution, convene both Houses of
CnnorMe. Senators and Representatives are
therefore summoned to assemble at their re
spective chambers 'at 12 o'clock, noon, on
Thursday, tho fourth day of July next, then
and there to.consider and determine such meas
ures as, in their wisdom, the public safety and
interest may seem to demand.
In witness whereof, I havo hereunto set my
hand, and caused tho seal of tho United
States to be affixed. Done at the city
cf Washington, this fifteenth day of April,
Il.s. in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and sixty-ono, and of the
independence of the United States the
By the President:
Wiu.iiM H. Sevvabd,
Sf Cretan of State.
ExxtcilvE ArroiNTMENTS. The President
on Saturday made the following appointments :
Earl Bill, marshal for the northern district of
Alexander Mardock, marshal for tho western
district of Pennsylvania.
R. B. Canahau, attorney for the western dis
trict of Pennsylvania.
t6J-Vo have information from a reliable
onrce, that a gentleman arrived in this city
yesterday afternoon, having left Charleston on
Friday evening, and reports that, after twelve
hours firing upon Fort Sumter, there was no
sensible change in its condition.
JSP The Treasurer of South Carolina reports
the gifts of money to the State at $22,000, ol
which $10,000 were presented by the Jew
Mordecai. It is principally by jorced loans,
that the few rich men of the seceded Slates are
X" The telegram, that Doubledny is "a ma
niac, and in irons," is interpreted by socio to
mean, that Doubleday resisted the surrender of
Fort Sumter by Major Anderson, and was put
" in irons1' as a mutineer.
BBT The delay in the arrival of the" fleet nt
Charleston, which resulted from the storm, was
most opportune for the rebels, although, under
the circumstances of the short resistance made
by Fort Sumter, it did not probably change the
issue of stents.
Maryland. This State, according to all re
liable reports received here, is sound to the
core. If wanted, 10,000 men could bo raised
in Maryland in twenty four hours, to assist in
avenging the capture of Fort Sumter.
" See on the first page, among other thing;,
an account of the surrender of the Little Rock
Tub Aiuir. On Friday, upon the recom
mendation of the Secretary of War, the Piesi
dent directed that the names of Captain W, 1!.
Johus of the 3d infantry, and first Lieutenant
Abner Smead of 1st artillery, U. S. army, bo
stricken from the roll of the army; the former
for declining the command of his company in
New York wheu about to start on the recent
expedition, and the latter (or hating, when
with his company on board the Brooklyn, ten
dered his resignation to cscnpe from diuy.
More Gold. Tho Northern Light, at New
Yorkon Friday evening, brought $1,110,000 in
S6J Among nil the things not yet intelligi
ble, in respect to the Fort Sumter affair, is the
delay of the rebels in commencing tho attack.
They were reported ualt readij" many days
since- If serious resistance was apprehended,
it would seem to have been their policy to have
made the must of their time before the arrival
f the fleet, whieu thsy knsw to be on the way.
SURRENDER OF FORT SUMTER THE
rnuiiDENT's AmutKSs n o Tin: vir-
The surrender of l'ort Sumter, after n tiro
from tho rebel batteries ol thirty five houn,
including one night when only mmtnrs wcro
used at considerable intervals, hns disappointed
the general expectation as to the power of that
fortress to protract its fall. It has nut improb
ably produced some mortification among the
South Carolinians themselves, by throwing a
sort of ridicule upon their enormous prepara
tions to capture a position which hot yielded so
easily. They must feel that they have expended
a great deal of money, wasted a great deal of
time, and subjected themselves to a most pro
tracted and exhausting agitatioo, to effect what
has proed too facile an achievement, to reflect
any credit upon their arms, or to compensate
them fur their sacrifices. This capture of Fort
Sumter has cost them, In money, not one far
thing short of a million of dollars, and proba
bly much more than that, and has kept them in
a high fever, of which the relapse must be dan
gerous, for four months.
The defensive power of a fort depends, to a
large extent, of course, upon its offensive power.
A tort defends itself, not merely by tho strength
of its own walls, but by crippling the attack,
and enfeebling or silencing tho batteries at work
against it. In this case, tho offensive power of
tho assailed fortress was next to nothing. There
were guns enough, but not men to handle them.
Major Anderson did not return the fire of his
enemies at all, for half the time daring which
be was fired upon; and when he did so re
spond, it mast have been with only a few guns.
It was seventy men against seven thousand,
and the issue could not bo doubtful, although
it might bo protracted by favorable circjmslan
cei, or hastened by accidents, such as explo
sions and conflagrations.
It is now evident that the fate of Sumter was
sealed on the 4th of March, and that it has not
since been possible to avert tho conseqnencos
of the treachery of Mr. Buchanan, in not man
niog all tho Charleston forts, as advised by Gen.
Scott, on the 29th of last October, and subse
quently, in not reinforcing Sumter, while it was
still possible, aud before tho rebels had erected
the batteries which have enabled them to re
duce the fort and to obstruct the approach of
relieving fleet. It is undoubtedly possible
to laud an army in the vicinity of Chirleston,
but it is now evident that the rebels have had
tho power always, since the 4th of March, to
reduce Sumter within the timo that they would
have, after getting notico of the approach of a
relieving squadron, and beforo it should actu
ally arrive and get itself into coudition to op
erate effectively. This fort, unable to hold out
more than thirty-five hours, could not be saved,
although it may be retaken.
Wd repeat, that Sumter, as is now demon
strated, was hopelessly lost when Mr. Lincoln
came into power; and by the complicity of the
late Administration with the treason to which
it has succumbed. Mr. Lincoln has hud no
power over the result, except to prohibit tho
evacuation of tho fort, and to send ships to sup
ply the garrison with provisions. He had no
power to prevent the fi.ll of the fort, under the
fire of the accumulated batteries of the rebels,
before fbise ships could reach it. It is upon
Mr. Buchanan tu-U the responsibility rests, for
whatever degree of national disgrace is involved
in this transaction.
The relief of Sumter, if that had been possi
ble, as we now know it was not, might have
ended the rebellion ; but tho respite which this
ill-gained victory will give to it, will not be
long, and will ouly render its final overthrow
more signal. The attack upon Sumter is every
where nrousing the patriotism of the country,
and consolidating all its sound elements into
an invincible strength. Tho spoctaclo of a
great nation moving as ono man in support of
the noblest Government on earth, is what we
are now witnessing.
On tho day of tho surrender of Sumter, wo
had tho President's answer to the committee of
the Virginia Convention, cud, short ai it is, it
would compensate tha fall of many fortresses.
Theie measured words of the Chief Magistrate
of thirty millions of people, unfurl the stars and
stripes to the breeze, full high advanced, at tho
very moment of the crisis, and when the waver
ing opinions of men demanded a leader. While
the storm is raging, it is with the reassuring
sound of tho trumpet, that the helmsman of tho
ship of State announces hu unshaken purposes.
Ho will evurvwherc repel force by force; and
since this last unprovoked assnult upon the na
tional flag, he will retake such positions, essen
tial to the national safety, as have been lust.
Tho President meets augmenting difficulties
with augmenting courage. Never was a man
placed in circumstances of more tremendous
responsibility ; and never has a man confronted
circumstance with a fortitude more heroic.
The destinies of nations often hang upon the
qualities of single, men, and in this Irving junc
ture, it is Mr. Lincoln who has saved his coun
try by the promptness and vigor of his deter
minations. It is only by a sure anticipation of
events that the nation may be said to be al
ready saved, when the ringing words of the
President are now echoing back from the hills
and vallejs of a country, invincible if it only
wills to bo to.
This rebellion is to be put down. It has
achieved its last advantage from the treachery
of the late Administration. Fort Pickens is al
ready reinforced, and whilo the arrogant and
inflated leaders at Montgomery are dreaming
of an advance upon the capital, tho sand are
well n'h run outol their e ireer, of which every
day is only ono step towards exilo, or the gul
1 in, Tins rebt lliun lias been a doomed failure,
since Teni.csf ue, North Carolina, and tl o Slates
north of them, pronounced uguiust it, and it is
now, m the very midst of its orgies, that it may
read the handwriting on the wall, which records
Us irrcverublu fate.
Nut Patiu .V correspondent from tho
Warrington Navy Yaid, near Peusacola, wri
ting to the l'tnsacola Obscner, Bays thit tho
mechanics of the jard.who havo been working
for the " Confederate States " since the 12lh of
January, have received no pay, although they
have bad somo of the provisions stolen from
the United States. They will doubtless wel
come the return of tl-c old authority. '
THE PHESPrM"S REPLY TO THE
The commutes of tho Virginia Convention
had a second inlerview with tho President, on
Saturday morning at nino o'clock, when they
received from him lu writing tho following re
ply to their communications:
Hon. Messrs. l'i eston, Stuart, and Randolph :
Gentlemen : As a committee of the Virginia
Convention, now in session, you present me a
preamble and resolution in these words:
" Whereas, in the opinion of this Convention,
the uncertainty which prevails in tho public
mind as to thf policy which the Federal Exec
utive intends to pursue towards the seceded
States is extremely injurious to the industrial
and commercial interests of tho country, tends
to keep up nu excitement which is unfavorable
to the adjustment of pending difficulties, and
threatens a distuibauca of the public peace:
" Jtcsolccd, That a committee of three dele
gates be appointed to wait on ihe President of
Ins United elates, present to him this preamble
and resolution, aud respectfully ask him to
commnnicute to this Convention the policy
which the Federal Executive intends to pursue
in regard to the Confederate Slates."
In answer, I have to sny that having nt the
beginning of my official term expressed my
intended policy us plainly ns I was able, it
is with deep regret and some mortification I
nuw learn that there is great and injurious un
certainty in the public mind as to what that
policy is, and what course I intend to pursue.
Not having, ns jot, seen occasion to change,
it is now my purpose to pursue the courso
marked out in tho Inaugural Address. I com
mend a careful consideration of the whole, doc
ument, as the best expression I can give of my
purposes. As then and therein said, I now re
pent: " The power confided to mo will bo used to
hold, occupy, and possess, the property and
places belonging to tho Government, and to
collect the duties and imposts; but beyond
what is ncccsary for these objects, thero will
hu no invasion, no using of force, aga'u.st or
among the people anywhere."
By the wordi " property and places belong
ing to tho Government,'' 1 chiefly allude lo tho
military pos's and property which were in tha
possession ol tho Government when it came
to my hands.
But if, ns now appears to be true, in pursuit
of a purpose to drive the United Stales author
ity from these places, an unprovoked assault
has been made upon Fort Sumter, I shall hold
myself at liberty to repossess, if I can, like
places which had been seized before the Gov
ernment was devolved upon inc.
Aud, in any event, I snail, to the best of my
ability, repel force by force.
In case it proves ttue that Fort Sumter has
been assaulted, us has been reported, I shall,
perhaps, cause the United States mails to bo
withdrawn from nil the States which claim to
have seceded, believing that the commence
ment of actual war against tho Government
justifies aud possibly demands it.
I scarcely need to siy that I consider the
military posts and property situated within the
States which claim to havo seceded, ns yet be
longing to the Government of the United States,
as much as they did before tho supposed seccs
Whatever ciso I may do for tho purpose, I
shall not attempt to collect the duties and ini
posts by any armed invasion of auy purt of
the country ; not meaning by this, however,
that I may nut laud u force deemed necessary
to relieve a foit upon the border of the country.
From tho tact that I have quoted a part of
the Inaugural Address, it must not bo inferred
that I repudiate any other part, the whole of
which I reaffirm, except so far as what I now
say of tho mails may be regarded as a modifi
cation. THE SCOTT SUBSTITUTE.
The Richmond papers of Saturday, give in
full tho substitute of Mr. Scott, proposed for the
l fourteenth resolution of tho Committco on Fed
eral Relations. This substitute was adopted
yeas 7G, nays 42 and is as follows :
"The peculiar relations of the States of Del
aware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina,
Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas,
to the other States, make it proper, in the judg
ment of this Convention, that the former States
should consult together and concert such meas
ures for their final action as tbo honor, tha in
terests, and the safety of the people thereof may
demand, and for that purpose the proper author
ities of those States are requested to appoint
commissioners to meet commissioners to be
nppointed by this Convention on behulf of the
people of this State, at Frankfort, in the State
of Kentucky, on the last Monday in May
"And in the event that satisfactory responses
on the part of the non slave-holding Slates be
not made to the proposed amendments of the
Constitution by the time appointed for the re
assembling ol this bod), it is the opinion of this
Convention that the said States of Delaware,
Maryland, NorthCarolina,Tennessee, Kentucky,
Missouri, and Aikansas, ought to assemble in
primary Conventions, and, in conjunction with
this Stute, convene a Congress of the said States,
composed of d legates to be appointed by the re
spective Conventions thereof, for the purpose of
recommending an nmended Constitution of
Government to be submilted for ratification to
the people of the several Slates, upon which tho
Union of the said Slates and tho Confederate
States, with such of the noil slaveholdmg States
as may concur therein, can be safely effected:
to which Cougress the Confederate btates, and
tho nou slaveholdiug States concurring in tha
amendments to tho Federal Constitution pro
posed by this Convention, ought to be invited
to send commissioners."
ThcftnoKiwaud WTtijan both thrown into
an ecstasy of rage by this action. Tho Enquirer
"If anything will precipitate the truo men of
Virginia into revolution, it will bo the misera
ble shuffling ol our State Convention."
Tho Whig savs:
" Mr. Scott's proposition for a border Con
gress bubstaiit'ally udjuurns Virginia's ultima
tum to n body which uiuj never exist, and over
which this State will buve i.o authority. To
any such mischievous absurdity, we are wholly
uppoicd. 'I ho Convention will cover itself with
tliumt) aud confusion, and fill the lieutu of its
revilers with juy, il it cunlc-ises its own impo
tence by doing nothing, but adjourning the
question itself shuuld deeidn to n Congress in
nulibus, and which may never have a tangible
These "groan? of the Britons" arc tho sweet
est music to patriotic card. Tho indications
arethat the disunionists of Virginia will bo
dnicn to teeohttion against their oxen State
authorities, as the only desperate alternative
left to drive the Old Dominion out of tho
A line of steamers between Ireland and
France is projected.
LET THE TRAITORS UK WATCHED I
Tlie Richmond llnqmnr ol Saturday threat
ens lev olutionnninst the udveisc Union major
ity cf Virginia, unci nlso parades conrpuuo-islv,
at tl.i head ol us e iitoiinl lolumiis, tho tallow
iog: ' Attentiov, Vdlvmeers I Nothing is
more probable than that President Davis will
soon inarch an army through North Carolina
ami Virginia, tl Washington,
" Those of our volunteers who desire to join
the Southern urny, as it shall pass through our
borders, had better organize at oucu for the
purpose, and keep their arms, accoutrements,
uniforms, ammunition, and knapsacki, in con
The Baltimore Republican of Saturday, tho
organ of Mr. Buchanan's custom-house officials,
" We consider the Union is nowbierer dis
rupted. The border States, or those slavehold
iug Slates which have held aloof from those
that retired, must now determine with which
side they will go. They must determine whether
they will continue in union with thoso who
have proclaimed mi eternal, irrepressible war
against their rights and their interests, or
whether tbey will go with those whose interests
are identical with their own. There is but
little time left now tor reflection and il cision.
Peuplu of Maryland think people of Baltimore
think where jour interests he, and act ac
cordingly." In the Gulf States, treason may havo a pres
ent impunity, becauio it is only triable and
punishable whero it is committed, and no courts
exist there for the purpose, and if courts ex
isted, the sympathies of juries might be a pro
tection to the criminal. But no such immunity
exists, or will exist, either in this District, or in
Maryland, or in Virginia. It is the fixed de
termination of this Government to sustain it
self, to meet assaults with tho bayonet and with
shot and shell, and to punish treason by hang
ing thoso who can be convicted of being en
gaged in it.
Wo warn the conspirators in this vicinity to
look well to their personal safety, before thoy
embark in schemes of rebellion.
NATIONAL GUARD, ATTENTION I
Meet at Columbian Armory this (Monday)
morning, at 9 o'clock, lu full uniform.
By order of Colonel Talt. " apr 15
ATTENTION, METROPOLITAN RIFLE3.
You are hereby notified to attend a dress drill
this (Monday) eveulng, at 7 o'clock, at the
armory By order of
W. H. NALLEY, Captain.
B. B. Bcnn, O. S. opr 15
Bey By request, Lirooqua, the Indian Jenny
Llnd, will give another Concert this evening,
April 15, at Willitrds' Hall.
Tickets 25 cents ; to be had at music stores
and hotels. Doors open at 7 o'clock.
apr 15 JOHN BEESON.
BALTIMORE AND OHIO BAI1E0AD,
CUAXOK OF HOURS.
OK and after Sunday, April 14th, 1861, the
trains will run as follows :
Leave WASHINGTON at 4.25 and 7.10 A. M.,
2.45 and 5 45 P. M.
Leave BALTIMORE at 4 and 8 10 A. M., 3.45
and 5 P. M.
Passengers for the West, Southwest, and North
west, will take the 4.25 A. M. and 2.45 F. M.
trains, which connect with Western trains at
For Philadelphia and New York, 4.25 and 7.10
A. M. and 2.45 P. M.
ForAnmipolh, 7.10 A.M. and 2.45 P. M.
For Norfolk, 2.45 P. M.
On Sunday, but ono train, at 2.45 P. M , and
on Saturday the 2.45 P. M. train goes to Phila
delphia only. W. P. SMITH,
apr 15 Mnsterof Transportation.
A MEDICAL BOARD will convene In the city
of New York on the 1st of May ensuing, for
the examination of candidates fur admission into
the Medical Staff of the United States Army, In
accordance with the following order.
Thero are now five vacancies la tho Medical
Aojctant G-NcnAL's Ornci,
Washington, March 13, 1301.
SrsciAL OsDins, No. 78.
A Board of Medical OXcers will assemble in
New York city on the 1st day of May ntxt, or ns
soon thereafter as practicable, for the examina
tion of Assistant Surgeons for promotion, and of
sucn canaiuates tor appointment as may be in
vited to present themselves before the Board.
DETAIL TOR TUG BOARD.
Sergeant Clement A. Finley,
" Charles McDougall,
" W. J. Sloan.
By order of the Secretary of War:
Applications must be addressed to the Secre
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plicant, and the date and place of birth. They
must alio be accompanied deferences will re
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uis proiession, tne moral and pbysical ijuullbca
tlons requisite for rilling creditably the re ponslble
station, and for performing ably Ihe arduous and
active duties cf an officer of the Medical Staff.
Applicants must be between twenty-one aud
twenty-fivo years of age.
There are now five vacancies In tho Medical
Staff. apr 15 w3w
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April 11, 18C1.
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service of the 1 est Olaco Department.
No bids v ill bo consl lerud excopt from parties who have
been actually engaged lu tho business ol copperplate and
Etuelctvtavincuud printing, aud aro thus endued at the
time of bidding, and who are occupying suitable lire proof
premises, auo, prov woo. wan an tue necessary faculties to
execute tho work promptly, and give tho requisite protec
tion to the stamts, dies, aud plates, In their possession.
Part'cs not known to ttic Department will furnish proof as
to theso tiolncs with their bids
In aw arding the contruct, tho Postmaster General reserves
tne rijiiitoi deciding w men bid, in lis pracucal results, may
bo lnut lu tti i Intel est of tho Department, having reference
to the St) le of tho work, security, mode of packing, Ax.
Propus its should be carefully scaled, and markod ' Propo
sals for 1 oslago blamps ," aud addrcssod to tbo " Third At
Slttmt 2'oAmasUr Genual " U. DLAUt,
nur S3 law4w Tostinastcr Gouoral
Bureau of Provisions and Clothing,
March 16, 1861.
OEPARATE PROPOSALS, sealed aud en
kJ dorecd " Proposals for Navy Supplies," will
be received at this Bureau until 9 o'clock A. M..
on Wednesday, the 17th day of April next, for
lurnisni'ip; ana delivering (on receiving; ten days'
no! ice, except for biscuit, for which five days'
notico shall be given f r every twenty thousand
pounds required) at the United States navy
yards, at Charlestown, Massachusetts ; Brooklyn,
fiew ion:; ana uosport, Virginia, sucn quantl
ties only ot the following artic.es as may be re
quired or ordered from the contractors by the
chief of this Bureau, or by the res ective com
mandiop; offiters of tbo said navy yards, during
tne nscai year ending June 3U. 1862, viz :
Biscuit, flour, rice, dried apples, pickles, sugar,
tea, eouee, ocans.molasics, vinegar, andwul'kr.
The biscuit shall be made wholly from sweet
Cupertino flour, of the manufacture of the year
ihuu or ibui, out snail in all cases bo manurac
tured from Hour made of the crop immediately
precea eg tue aates ci tue requisitions lor tne
same; and shall be fully equal In quality, and
conform in size and shune. to the samnles which
are deposited In the said navy yards; shall be
properly buked, thoroughly kiln-dried, well
packed, and delivered free of charge to the Uni
ted States, In good, sound, well-dried, bright
liour oarreis, witn tne neads well secured, or In
air and water tight whisky or spirit barrels, at
tne opticn ot tne liureau. Ho biscuit will be re
quired at Oosport lu tight barrels.
The flour shall le equal to the best Richmond
and Baltimore brands, and of the manufacture of
wucsigrown in tno vearibbUor 1SU1; but shall
in all cases be manufactured from pure, sound,
fre h ground hcat.of ttfe crop Immediately pre
cedlng'the datts of the leauisltlon for the same:
shall bo perfectly sweet, and In all respects of
tue oest quality ; ana shall be delivered In good
shipping order, tree of ull charge to the United
States, in the best new, well seasoned, soucd,
bright barrels, or'half barrels, as tho case mav
be tho staves and headings to be.of red oak of
tho oeit quality, strong and well hooped, with
lining boops around each head, and equal in
quality to sample barrel at the said navy yards;
tno half barrels to be considered as a barrel, and
not more than ouistxth of the required quantity
to bo in half barrels.
The rice shall be of thiverv best qualltr. and
of the crop Immediately preceding the dates of
tue requisitions ut tne same.
The dried apples shall be of the best aualltr.
and shall be prepared by tun-dnirg only, and of
tne crop oi tne autumn immediately preceding
the dates of the requisitions for the same; and
shall be delivered in packages containing not
more man turce uunureu pounds.
' The pickles shall be put up In iron-bound
casks, the Iron hoops to be 1 inch wide and 1-10
luch thick, aud each cask shall contain one gal
lon of onions, one gallon of peppers, and eight
gallons of medium cucumbers, filly to the gallon,
und the vegetables In each shall weigh fifty-seven
pounds, and they only be paid tor; and etch
cask shall then be filled with white wine vinegar
of at least 42 degrees of strength, and equal to
Trench vinegar; tho casks, vegetables, and vin
egar, shall conform and be equal In all respects
to tho samples deposited at tho above-named
navyvardj, and the contractors shall warrant
nnd ifuarauty that they will keep good and sound
for nt least two years.
'Ihe iron hoaps on the barrels containing whis
ky, molasses, vinegar, and pickles, to be well
painted vviih red lead.
The sugar sh ill be according to the samples
at Ihe said navy yards, aud bo dry and fit for
ptcklrg, and equal In quality to tho best Havana
Tl o tea shall be of goe.il quality young hyson,
equal to tho sjmplcs at said navy yards, and bo
deliveied lu halt and qiaiter chests ouly.
Tho cofTeo shall be equal to the beit Cuba, ac
cording to sample.
The beans shall be of the very best quality
white beans, and sLall bo of the crop Immediately
preceding lie dates of tho nquislllon for the
same ; CI pounds to bo token as one bushel.
Tho molasses shall bo fully equal to tho very
best quality of New Orleans molasses, and shall
be dtlivcred lu new, well seasoned red-oak bar
rels, vvithvvbite-plno heads not less than H inch
thick the slaves not less thiin -Inch thick; the
barrels to be three-quarters hooped, and, In ad
dition, to have lour iron hoops, ono on each
bilge, 1J Inch in width and 1-lOth inch thlok,
nnd ojo on each chime H inoh In width and
-J6th inch thick, and shall V thoroughly coop
ered and placed In the best Bhlpplng condition.
The vinegar shall be of the first qua'lty, equal
to the standard of the United States Pha maco
lela, and 6hall contain no other than acetic
acid ; and shall bo delivered la barrels similar in
all respects to Ihse required for molasses, with
the exeep Ion that whitt-oak stares and heads
shall b substituted for red-oak stares and whlts-
plne heads, aud shall be thoroughly oooptred
and placed in the best shipping order.
The whi ky shall be made wholly from grain,
sound nnd rarrch tumble, nnd bo lull llr I pi oof
according to the United Sluto custom-huute
standard, and shall be double rectified. It shall
be delivered In good, new, sound, bright, three
quarters hooped, well-siasoned white-oak bar
relr, with while-oak heads, the heads to bJ made
of three-piece heading, and well paln'ed; the
stares no. to be less than (.Inch thick, and the
heads not less than j-ineh thick; and each bar
rel shall be coopered, in uddl lou, with one three
penny iron boop on each bilge, 1 J Inch in width
and 1-lCth Inch thick, and one tbiee-penny hoop
on each chime, 1 lucu In width and 1-lOlh Inch
thick, as pir diagram. The vtbols to be pat la
good shipping order, free of all charge to the
All the foregoing described articles, embracing
casks, barrels, halt bands, and boxes, shall be
subject to luch Inipectlon us Ihe chief of tbo Bu
reau of Provisions and Clothing may direct, the
Inspecting officer to be appointed by the Navy
Department. All Inspect ons to be at the place
of delivery. Biscuit may, however, be In pected
at the place of manufacture, but will lu all case)
be sutject to a final inspection at the place of
delivery before the bills are signed thcrelor.
The prices of all the foie'olng ai tides to
be the same throughout the year, and bidders
may effer for one or more articles ; and bis offor
will bo accepted for that yard for which his pro
posal may bo lowtst.
All the cakj, bsrrels, and h If barrelj, boles
or peckuges, shall be uiatked with their contents
and the contiucloi's name. All Ity-barrth and
half barrels of flour, bread, aud' plcklss, shall
have, In uddlllou to the above, the year when
manufactured or p-it up mailced upou them.
The samples referred I) lujlils advertisement
are thoso selecttd for the eimuh'ig fiscal year, an J
hate no reference to tuch as have been prtiwtult tx
hitited. Tho quantity of these articles -which will be
required cannot be precisely stated. They will
probably be about
To be offered for.
Biscuit 1,800,000 lb per 100 lbl.
Flour 1,400 bbls. ...per bbl.
Rice 250,000 lbs per 100 lbl.
Dried apples 150,000 lbs per lb.
Pickles 150,000 lbs per lb.
Sugar 235,000 lbs per 100 lbl.
Tea 25,000 lbs per lb.
Coffee 25,000 lb per lb.
Beans 7,000 bush ...per bush.
Molasses 20,000 gals... . per gal.
Vinegar 22,000 gals... .per gal.
Whisky 50,000 gals.... per gal.
The quantities of any or all may be increased
or diminished as Ihe sorvice may hereafter re
quire. The contracts will therefore be made, not
tor specific quantities, but for such quantities as
the service may require to be delivered at those
navy yards, respectively.
Contractors not residing at the places where
deliveries are required must establish agencies at
such places, thai no delay may ariso In furnish
ing what may be required; and when a contrac
tor falls promptly to comply with a requisition,
the Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Cloth
ing shall be authorized to direct purchases to be
made to supply tbe deficiency, under the penalty
to be expressed in the contract: the record of a
requisition, or a duplicate copy thereof, at the
Bureau of Provisions and Clothing, or at either
of tho nary yards aforesaid, shall be evidence
that luch requisition has been mado and re
ceived. Separate offers must be made for each article
at each of the aforesaid nary yurds ; and in case
more than one article is contained in the offer,
the Chief of the Bureau will have the right to ac
cept one or more of the articles contained in
such offer, aid reject the remainder ; and bid
den whose proposals are accepted (and none
others) will be forthwith notified, and as tatty al
practicable a contract will be transmitted to
them for execution, which contract must be
returned to tbe bureau within five days, exclu
sive of tbe time required for the regular trans
mission of tbe mail.
Two or more approved sureties in a sum equal
to tbe estimated amount of tbe respective con
tracts will be required, and twenty per centum
In addition will be withheld from the amount of
all payments on account thereof as collateral se
curity, In addition, to secure its performance, and
not in any event to be paid until It is in all re
spects complied with ; eighty per centum of the
amount of all deliveries made will be paid by
the navy agsnt within thirty days after bills,
duly authenticated, shall have been presented to
Blank forms of proposals may be obtained on
application to the nary agents at Portsmouth,
Hew Hampshire ; Boston, New York, Philadel
phia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and at this bureau.
A record, or duplicate of the letter informing
a bidder of the acceptance of his proposal, will
be deemed a notification thereof, within the
meaning of the act of 1840, and his bid Will be
made and accepted In conformity with this un
derstanding. Every ofler made must be accompanied (ai di
rected in the act of Corgrcss making appropria
tions for the naval service for 184C-'l7, approved
10th of August, 1846) by a written guarantee,
signed by one or more responsible persons, to the'
cfiect that he or they undertake that the bidder
or bidders will, If his or their bid be accepted,
enter into an obligation within five days, with
good and sufficient sureties, to furnish the sup
plies proposed. The bureau will not be obligated'
to consider any proposal unless accompanied by
the guarantee required by law; tbe competency
of the guarantee to be certified by the navy agent,
district attorney, or collector of the customs.
Thi attention of bidders it called to the samples
and description cf articles required, at, m the impte
turn for tec-ption, a jutt but rigid compariton wilt
be made betveen the articles offend and the sample
and contract, receiving none that fall below then;
and their attention is alto particularly directed w
the joint resolution of 21th March, 1854, and to the
act of the 10A August, 1840.
mar 18 law4w
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