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STATE DEPARTMENT, TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 17, 1848. Sir: It appears, from the records of this office, that Captain Lippett has refunded to the government the sum of $90 27, as money overpaid to you. If you have not already settled with Captain Lippett for this overpayment, the governor directs that you will do so immediately. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Licutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. Don PEDRO C. CARRILLO,

Santa Barbara.

State DEPARTMENT, TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 17, 1848. Sir: It appears, from your letter of August 11, that Señor Aguire claims for overcharges of duties on goods landed in the port of Santa Barbara, from the Joven Guipuscuana, the collector having charged duties on the sale prices of the goods, instead of on the invoice prices, as directed in the tariff regulations. The governor directs me to say that repeated instructions have been sent to the collector of Santa-Barbara to charge duties on the invoice prices, and not on the amount of sales, as was done previous to the operation of the tariff regulations for the collection of military con tributions, and that you will return to Señor Aguire the difference between the amount of duties collected and the amount which ought to have been charged according to the tariff regulations then in force in California. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, - Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretury of State. Lieutenant H. S. CARNES,

Collector, foc., Santa Barbara, California.

STATE DEPARTMENT, TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 21, 1848. Sir: The governor directs me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th of August, asking permission for the British schooner · William” to discharge her cargo, and also to receive her outward cargo, at the embarcadero of Santa Clara, and to say to you that he does not feel himself authorized to allow vessels to enter, or to receive outward cargoes, in any other ports than those designated as ports of entry by the senior naval officer on this coast. Even if he possessed this authority, it would be impossible for him to do so at the present time, as, from the difficulty of procuring custom-house employés in San Francisco, no proper officer could be sent to superintend the discharge of the vessel. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. ROBERT WALKINGSHAW, Esq.,

New Almaden, California.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 21, 1848. Str: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 11th instanit relative to the prisoner Foxon. On being relieved from further duty at Santa Barbara, you will turn over to the alcalde of that jurisdiction all civil prisoners in your charge. You will endeavor to impress the civil authorities of that place with the importance, now that the troops are to be withdrawn, of their using every exertion to preserve the order and quiet of the jurisdiction.

Captain A. J. Smith will be authorized to receive and receipt for all customs collected at your port as “military contributions." * Should there be no collector for that port when your company is discharged from service, you will seal up all custom-house books and papers, and place them in charge of the alcalde, to be kept by him until further orders. Your custom-house accounts will be examined by Captain Smith, and forwarded to this office. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. Captain F. J. LIPPETT,

Commanding, foc., Santa Barbara.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 21, 1848. Sir: Captain A. J. Smith, 1st dragoons, will be authorized to receive and receipt for all customs collected at your port as military contributions. Should there be no collector for that port when your company is discharged from service, you will seal up all custom-house papers and books, and place them in charge of the alcalde, to be kept by him until further orders. Your accounts will be examined by Captain Smith, and forwarded to this office. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. Captain W. E. SHANNON,

Commanding, doc., San Diego.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 21, 1848. Sir: I enclose herewith an appointment of collector and harbor-master of the port of San Francisco. The governor is aware that the salary attached to this office is much less than the prices at present paid in California for similar services; but it is hoped that the prospect of a permanent appointment from Washington may induce you to accept the appointment. You will be required to give good and satisfactory bonds, to the amount of fifteen thousand dollars, before entering upon the datien of your office. Your regular monthly and quarterly papers will be mwe

out and submitted, for examination and approval, to the quartermaster of that port, who will endorse and forward them to Washington through this office. The nett proceeds of the customs will also be turned over tothe quartermaster as above at the end of every month, and the receipts of that officer will be good and sufficient vouchers in the settlement of your accounts. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. EDWARD GILBERT, Esq.,

San Francisco.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 21, 1848. Sir: Enclosed herewith you will receive a letter and appointment for Mr. Gilbert, which you will please to read and hand to him; and on his giving bonds to your satisfaction for the sum of fifteen thousand dollars, you will put him in possession of all the books and papers of the office. You will hereafter act as receiver of customs for that port, and at the end of every month will examine the books and returns of the collector, and receive from him the proceeds of customs.

His salary will commence upon his entering upon the duties of his office, and will be paid by you either monthly or quarterly, as was done previous to the collection of " military contributions." The returns and papers of the collector will be endorsed by you and forwarded to Washington through this office. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. Captain J. L. FOLSOM,

Collector, &-c., San Francisco.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 23, 1848. Sir; I am directed by the governor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated August 16, asking that the bill of costs in the case of Dring, master of the “ Janet,” be paid out of the public funds, and also how you are to proceed to collect the fine imposed on the said Dring.

All costs legally taxed in this case must be charged against the convicted

person, and collected in the same manner as the fine. If you will refer again to the fourth article of the regulations under which Captain Dring was convicted, you will see that it is directed that the convicted person be "imprisoned until the fine is paid.” It is the duty of the magistrate to see that the law is executed in all its provisions. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. T. M. LEAVENWORTH,

2d Alcalde, San Francisco.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH MILITARY DEPARTMENT,

Monterey, California, August 23, 1848. Sir: Your communication of yesterday's date is before me; and, for the reasons therein set forth, your salary, from and after the thirty-first day of this present month, will be at the rate of two thousand dollars per annum.

The assistant commissary is authorized to sell you, from time to time, such articles of subsistence stores as may be necessary for the actual consumption of your own family. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. B. MASON, Colonel 1st Dragoons, Governor of California. . Mr. W. E. P. HARTWELL,

Government Translator and Interpreter, present.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 23, 1848. Sır: You will please to read the enclosed letter and hand it to the 2d alcalde of San Francisco. He reports the bill of costs, in the case referred to, to be $29. If this bill be legally taxed, it must be collected from the convicted person in the same manner as the fine. You will please to report what is done in the case. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. JAMES A. HARDIE,

Commanding, &c., San Francisco.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, August 26, 1848. . Sir: I am directed by the governor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th instant, and to inform you that a military force will be continued in Los Angeles, and that you will be retained as government interpreter and translator for the southern military district. The governor is exceedingly desirous that you continue in the performance of the duties of first alcalde of your district, as heretofore. The resignation of an American alcalde at the present juncture will be likely to produce very erroneous impressions among the ignorant and excitable people of this country; and it is the imperative duty of Americans, under such circumstances, to make every personal sacrifice, and to use every exertion in their power, to preserve the peace and quiet of the country. From your influence with the people of your district, and the confidence which they will place in your decisions and opinions, it is of the utmost importance that you remain firm in your position. The civil authorities will continue to receive every possible assistance from the military; but, in the present reduced state of our garrisons, this aid will necessarily be limited, and the peace and quiet of California, and the security of life and property, must mainly

depend upon the friendship and energy of the civil magistrates, assisted as they will be by all good citizens.

For these reasons, the governor cannot consent to accept your resignation, and he hopes that you will find it for your interest, as well as your duty, to continue in the performance of the office of first magistrate of your district. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. STEPHEN C. FOSTER,

First Alcalde, Los Angeles.

Know all men by these presents, that I, R. B. Mason, colonel first dragoons, and governor of California, in virtue of authority in me vested, do hereby appoint Edward H. Harrison temporary collector of the port of San Francisco, California, with the salary of two thousand dollars per annum, provided that that sum is collected in said port over and above the expenses of the custom-house of the port. Given at Monterey, this 3d day of September, 1848.

R. B. MASON, Colonel First Dragoons, and Governor of California. ·

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, September 3, 1848. Sir: I enclose herewith an appointment of collector of the port of San Francisco. You will be required to give good and satisfactory bonds, to the amount of fifteen thousand dollars, before entering upon the duties of your office. Your regular monthly and quarterly papers will be made out and submitted for examination and approval to the quartermaster at San Francisco, who will endorse and forward them to Washington through this office. The proceeeds of the customs, after the payment of all the necessary and proper expenses of the custom-house, will be turned over to the quartermaster, as above, at the end of every month, and the receipts of that officer will be good and sufficient vouchers in the settlement of your accounts. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLEOK, Lieutenant of Engineers, and Secretary of State. EDWARD HARRISON, Esq.,

San Francisco, California.

STATE DEPARTMENT TERRITORY OF CALIFORNIA,

Monterey, September 3, 1848. Sır: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th ultimo,

relating to perinits granted by you for vessels to trade on the bay of San Francisco; also, your communication of August 31, enclosing

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