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The same, at the Ohio prices, or 35 cents per 1000 ems, and 40 cents per token, would be as follows:

Composition 2,500 ems, at 35 cents, • $0 88
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Composition 2,500 ems, at 75 cents, $1 88
Press work, 1 token, at 75 cents,

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Total, $307 . Congress pays Messrs. Blair & Rives for a page of bills, con. taining 1732 cms, $1 00 for the composition; at the same rate a foolscap bill, containing 2500 ems, would amount to $1 44. Press work, in Washington, for medium sheets, 75 cents. All under 259 sheets, counting a token; the price, therefore, foi 100 copies of a foolscap page of pica, would beComposition,

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Total, $2 63 The prices paid by the state of Michigan for public printing are more cquitable than those paid by Congress, or by the states of New.York and Ohio. In Michigan, the printer is paid for what. ever services he performis. If he docs a job of work for the State which requires composition and press work only, that is all that the State is called upon to pay for; is, on the contrary, a job requires to be pressed, folded and stitched, the printer is paid for the extra trouble he is put to. According to the prices that have hitherto been allowed in this Territory, the printer has been compelled to charge only for composition ; for press work, paper, folding, stitch: ing, &c., he has received no additional compensation. The price has been the same, whether the number he was called upon to

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print was ten or ten thousand. When a large edition of any docu.
ment was ordered, the printer invariably lost money ; when he ·
was called upon to print a small edition, he made an extravagant
profit. In order, therefore, that the Legislature may know some.
thing respecting the price I think the public printing of Wisconsin
can be done for, I would say, that I will do any portion of the pub-
lic printing the legislature may favor me with, at the same rates
the state of Michigan pays her public printer; and I will engage
to do the entire public printing of the Territory, for a term of not
less than one nor more than five years, for a less sum than that
paid in Michigan, viz: I will discount 20 per cent. from the Mich.
igan price, on all plain composition and press work; and I will
give good bonds for the faithful execution of the contract on my
part.
Respectfully submitted,

J. A, NOONAN.
Madison, December 9, 1839.

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Document A.
Resolution directing the manner in which the printing of the Con.

gress shall be executed, fixing the prices thereof, and providing
for the appointment of a printer or printers. "

Resolved, 8-c., That the printing of Congress, unless when otherwise specially ordered, shall be done in the following form and manner, viz : Bills, as heretofore, with English type, on fool. scap paper, rule and table work, in royal octavo size, where it can be brought into that size, by any type not smaller than brevier; and where it cannot, in such form as to fold conveniently into he volume. All other printing with a small pica type, on royal paper, in pages of the same size as those of the last edition of the laws of the United States, including the marginal nolcsAnd the fol. lowing prices shall be allowed and paid for the above described work : For the composition of every page of bills, one dollar; of every page of small pica, plain work, one dollar; of every page of small pica, rule work, iwo dollars ; of every page of brevier, rule work, thrce dollars and fifty cents; and for a larger form of brevier rule work, in proportion. For the press work of bills, in.

cluding paper, folding and stitching for fifty copies, lwenty-fivo cents per page ; for four hundred copies, one dollar and twenty. five cents per page; for the press work of tables, other than those in the regular octavo form, for six hundred copies, including as above, five dollars and fifty cents per form; for the press work of the journals, of nine hundred copies, including as above, one dollar per page; for all other printing, in the octavo form, of six hundred copies, including as abore, eighty-scren and a half cents per page; and for a larger or smaller number, in proportion. That, as soon as this resolution shall have been ap. proved by the President of the United States, each house shall proceed to ballot for a printer, to execute its work during the next Congress ; and the person having the greatest number of votes shall be considered duly elected; and shall give bond, with sure. ties, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives, respectively, for the prompt, accurate, and neat execution of the work; and in case any inconve. nient delay should be, at any time, experienced by either house, in the delivery of its work, the Secretary and clerk, respectively, may be authorized to employ another printer to execute any portion of the work of the Senate or House, and charge the excess, in the account of such printer, for executing such work, above what is herein allowed, to the printer guilty of such negligence and delay : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall preclude the choice of the same printer by the Senate and House of Representa. tives."

Approved, March 3, 1819.

[The above may be found on page 1756 of Story's Laws of the United States in Wisconsin Library.]

. Document B. Section 6, of an “ Act creating permanently the ofice of State

Printer, and to define his duties,” passed by the Legislature of Ohio, during the session of 1836.

“That said State Printer shall be allowed for the composition of laws, journals, reports, messages and other papers or docu

ments, at the rate of thirty-five cents for every thousand ems, with the addition of fifty per centum on all rule and figure work ; at the rate of forty cents for each token of press work, of one hun. dred and twenty-five sheets, for which the Auditor of State is here. by authorized to issue bills in favor of said State Printer, payable at the State Treasury out of any moneys appropriated for that purpose, his account therefor having first been audited and ap. proved by the Auditor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State, afore. said : Provided, That the Auditor of State shall be, and is hereby authorized, at his discretion, to issue bills in advance in favor of said State Printer, lo any amount not exceeding one third of the probable amount of his account per annum: Providet, That any amount of composition not exceeding four pages, may be charged as four pages, and no more; and if more than four, and not ex. ceeding eight, as eight and no more."

[The above section may be found on page 57, vol. 35, of the Laws of Ohio, in Wisconsin Library.] ·

Document c. TERRITORY OF WISCONSIN, 1.

COUNTY OF DANE, S. George Trumbull, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that he is a practical printer, and well acquainted with the business of printing. That for the five years previous to last September, he was foreman is an extensive book and job printing office in the city of Albany, and that according to the best of his knowledge and belief, the following are the prices which Edwin Croswell, Esq. Printer to ihe State of New York, receives from the State for public printing. He receives at the rate of 70 cents per 1000 cms for plain work, and for rule and figure work, double price, or $! 49 per 1000 ems; and 70 cents per token for press work.The price charged for paper is $6 00 per ream. The prices for blanks, jobbing, etc., are the same as above. Fifty cents per 1000 ems, (rule and figure work, double,) and fifty cents per token are the prices I have understeod Mr. Croswell pays Packard, Van

Benthuysen & Co. for doing the State work ; and the same is the standard price for all ordinary work.

The prices paid journeymen in Albany at present are, for plain English work, 25 cents per 1000 ens, and double price for rule and figure work. Additional charges are made for Ironble when the work is not plain. The prices for press work are in proportion to the prices of composition.

GEO. TRUMBULL.

Subscribed and sworn before me, this gih day of December, 1939.

Ww. N. SEYMOUR, Justice of the Peace.

Document D.

PORY OF DANE,

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TERRITORY OF WISCONSIN, ..

COUNTY OF DANE, S Augustine W. Hovey, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that he is a practical printer; that he has followed the business most of the time for the last ten years, and is well acquainted with Legislative printingmhas worked in the State office of Michigan, and knows the prices charged by the State Printer of that State ; and, also, the prices paid by him to journeymen. The prices charged the Siale are seventy-five cents per one thousand ems for composition, and seventy-five cents per token for press work, exclusive of paper and ink, which articles are furnished at the cur. rent prices. The prices paid journeymen are twenty-seven cents per one thousand ems for composition, and tiventy-three cents per token for press work. In addition to the above prices charged by the State Printer, and aside from the charges for stitching and binding, charges were made for drying and pressing the sheets after printing.

Journeymen, who work by the week, receive ten dollars per week. •

A. W. HONEY. Subscribed and sworn before me, this 9th day of December, 1839.

WM. N. SEYMOUR, Justice of the Peace.

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