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MESSAGE

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

TRANSMITTING

A report of the survey of the boundary between the United States and the republic of Mexico.

AUGUST 4, 1856.-- Laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

WASHINGTON, August 1, 1856. To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States :

I communicate to Congress, herewith, the report of Major W. H. Emory, United States Commissioner, on the survey of the boundary between the United States and the republic of Mexico, referred to in the accompanying letter of this date from the Secretary of the Interior.

FRANKLIN PIERCE.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,

Washington, August 1, 1856. SIR: I have the honor to submit to you, herewith, to be laid before Congress, a report of Major W. H. Emory, United States Commissioner, on the survey of the boundary between the United States and the republic of Mexico. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. MCCLELLAND.

Secretary. The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

OFFICE UNITED STATES BOUNDARY COMMISSION,

Washington, July 29, 1856. e honor to send here with my report on the boundary between the United States and Mexico, together with proofs of such maps and illustrations as have been completed, numbered from 1 to 63. The plates and blocks from which these proofs are struck are held by me subject to your order, or that of Congress.

The general map cannot be completed until next winter, and the map of the new Territory is not quite completed, but when finished, no delay will ensue in the publication. By consultation with the printer, I find these maps will be done quite as soon as the printing of the report, should it be concluded to print that report.

Besides the volume now sent in, there will be an appendix, containing reports upon the botany and natural history of the country adjacent to the boundary, with from two to three hundred illustrations, many of which are already engraved and the plates deposited in this office. These reports are in the hands of Drs. Torrey, Engelmann, and Professor Baird, and other savans of the country. They promise to have them all finished in the course of the year. These reports not being of the same general interest, I concluded it was proper not to delay sending in the general report until their completion.

Should it be deemed proper to publish the general report and a limited number of copies of the appendix, I beg to call attention to my letter to you of April 23, 1856, by which it will be seen there is a large surplus of funds which may be made available for the purpose, and which has been saved from the appropriations made by Congress for the prosecution of the work. That surplus is at present more than $100,000. I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

W. H. EMORY,

United States Commissioner. Hon. ROBERT MCCLELLAND,

Secretary of the Interior.

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CONTENTS.-PART I.

CHAPTER I.

PERSONAL ACCOUNT.

Organization of the Commission for running the boundary line, under treaty of August, 1848 ---
Changes in the head of the Commission.
Gold mania in California -----
Failure of the government to keep its engagements.---
Misapplication of the public money -
General management of the affairs of the Commission.
Final reorganization..--------
Statements of Mr. Bartlett's narrative.-
Amount of money expended.--

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