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All necessary blank pages are counted as plain matter, and charged for as the largest kind of type used in printing such documents :
For example, if a document makes five printed pages of rulo brevicr, and 1114 copies are printed, (or any other number in proportion) we charge as follows:
For composition 5 pages rule brevier, at $350,
3 small pica plain, press work and paper and folding,
3 00 12 997
$33 49 7 Thirty-three dollars, forty.nice cents and seven mills.
We believe that with the aid of the joint resolution referred to, this letter, and the account enclosed, you will be able to make out an account according to Congress prices. If you shall not, we will at any time give you all the information we possess on the subject.
BLAIR & RIVES. J. A. Noonan, Esq.,
Little Falls, New.York.
Washingion, 28th August, 1839. SIR :
We have reccived your leiter dated the 31st ultimo, and pro. ceed to reply to your interrogatories. The price paid journey. men printers in our office and in that of the National Intelligencer, and in all other offices in this city, where they do not "rat it," are as follows:
To journeymen printers by the week, at pross or composition, 811 during the session of Congress, and $10 per week during the recess. [The prices were $10 and $9 per week, untii about three years ago, when they were raised 10 per cent. on account of the high prices of the necessaries of life.]
Composition, 33 cenis a thousand for newspaper and 30 cents a thousand for book work--when the type is smaller than brevier, 10 per cent. is added to these prices.
Press work--Medium and below, 36 cents per token. Royal and super-royal, 41 cents per token. Imperial, 50 cents per token. Larger paper in proportion. All broadsides, double the prices. 240 sheets is considered a token on newspaper;
and 250 sheets a token on all other work.
Prices of paper--We pay $4 84 per ream for double cap paper sized, and the same price for double-royal printing paper, 24 by 38 inches-acash. Others pay about $1 more per ream, on a short credit. These are all the kinds of paper we use for Congress work and for the newspaper. Other sizes are in proportion.
Prices of board--Our journeymen pay about $3 per week for board--that is the usual, and wo may say the average price.
BLAIR & RIVES. J. A. NOONAN, Esq.,
Madison, Wisconsin Territory.
Madison, December 8, 1839. GENTLEMEN :
According to your request, founded on a resolution of both Houses of the Legislature, requiring information respecting the price of labor, materials, &c., that " will enable the Assembly to determine as to the proper compensation to be allowed for print:
ing," I have to state, that I pay most of my journeymen seven dollars per week and board them. The board I consider to be worth five dollars per week. My paper will average about six dollars per ream delivered in this place.
W. W. WYMAN. To W. A. Prentiss, J. R. Vineyard, M. L. Martin, C. C. Sholes,
J. H. D. Street, and A. Story, committee.
66 Sutherland, 107.
D. H. Richards, 79.