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nor-general in council deeming it to be highly improper that any officer holding a staff appointment at any army station, or an officer who may be employed in the capacity of personal staff to the commanding officer at such stations, should act as agent for a contractor, is pleased to direct that this practice, which is evidently so much at variance with the established principles of controul, shall be hereafter discontinued; and every officer holding a staff employed, is hereby positively prohibited from undertaking such an agency. Thos. HILL, Acting Sec. Mil. Dept.
Fort William, Aug. 28, 1806. The governor-general in council is pleased to direct all persons, formerly in the service of the Mahratta or other native states or chiefs, who quitted the service of such states and chiefs, and availed themselves of the protection of the British government, in consequence of the proclamation issued by the governor-general in council, under date the 29th Aug. 1803, to report their names, place of residence, and the rank which they respectively held in the service which they quitted, to the secretary to government in the secret, political, and foreign department, for the information of the honorable the governor-general in council, without delay. - - .
Thos. HILL, Acting Sec. Miii. Dept.
Fort William, Sept. 6, 1806.
Instances having occurred of osicers embarking for Europe on furlough, and on retiring from the service, without complying with the regulations of government, hich direct “that officers and surgeons proceeding on foreign ships
shall forward to the secretary to government, certificates from the captains or pilots specifying the dates of dispatch or departure of ships respectively,” the commander-in-chief directs, that the strictest attention be invariably paid to those directions in future, by all commission officers, surgeons, assistant-surgeons, chaplains, or others, belonging to any department of the army, who may be permitted to embark either for Europe, or elsewhere, on furlough, or to retire from the service, on board of foreign or other ships that may not be dispatched by the civil officers of government. Duplicates of such certificates to be sent to the adjutant-general's office at Fort William. And all officers, surgeons, or assistants, who may be permitted to visit other presidencies, or to proceed to sea, for the benefit of their health, are directed to report the date of embarkation, the name of the ship on which they proceed, and the date of their return to the presidency, to the town major, and to the adjutantgeneral at Fort William. Officers, surgeons, assistant-surgeons, chaplains, or warrant officers, who may arrive at the presidency from Europe; or on leave, or duty from other stations, are also reminded of the necessity of reporting their arrival to the town-major, and adjutant-general, and are strictly enjoined always to report in like manner the date of their departure from the presidency. All officers and assistant surgeons, appointed to corps in the first instance, are also directed to make similar reports on proceeding to join their corps. Lieutenant Scott, of the 2d battalion 5th regiment, is ordered to do duty with the 1st battalion of the regiment, until the 15th of Dec. next, when when he will proceed to join the corps, to which heisappointed. John Burke, matross of artillery, doing duty at the arsenal at Fort William, is directed to join his corps. H. WoRSLEY, Adjutant-General. Fort William, Sep. 11, 1806. The following regulations for the guidance of pay-masters, in their capacities of commissaries of supplies, are to have effect from this date. - 1. The deputy pay-masters who were appointed by the general orders of government of the 18th June, 1804, to the following stations of the army, and who are also to perform the duty of commissaries of supplies, are to furnish such articles of stores as may be required for the service of the magazines, at their respective stations, according to the following list and prices, to be determined on as soon as the present rates can be revised and equitably adjusted, without any claim whatever to commission. Futty Ghur, Cawnpore, (including Allahabad;) Chunar (including Sultanpore. Benares, and Ghazepore,) Dinapore (including Buxar, w Monghier, Boglepore) and Berhampore. List of stores which are in future to be furnished by the deputy pay-masters at the different stations, in their capacities of commissaries of supplies, and the rates of which will be here after settled. Bamboos (of Bengal,) large--ditto middling---ditto, small.--bamboos, upper country, best short, —baskets, large.---bellows, brass, smiths.---borax (Tincal), ---buntin, country,<-- charcoal, mangoe soondry.---cotton, raw.---dammer ---duppers, empty (for each mci. they contain,)---eggs.----flour.--glue, Patna,----grease.----gunneys
double.----ditto, single.----hides, country.---ditto Corah.---hemp.--iron country.---jars, water.---jute. linen cotton,---linen gurrah, Panta. ---ditto Curwa.--- ditto Gudgee.--mats, best.----oil, linseed.----do. mustard.---paint, blue, Patna,--plank, mangoe.---rope jute.---saltpetre, unrefined.---sheep skins,--stone corone.---tape (cotton broad) ---thread ditto.--- timbers, saul, large.---ditto sissoo.---ditto mangoe.----twine, country----jute.---wax.---wood fire. 2. The deputy pay-master who may be charged with the payment of the troops and stations on the west bank of the Jumna, shall also act as commissary of supplies to magazines and stations to the westward of that river. 3. The deputy pay-masters are bound, in consideration of the salaries they receive, and of the above rates which will be fixed on a just and adequate calculation, to furnish such quantities of the stores therein specified, as shall be required of them within one month, at farthest, from the date of the requisition, unless satisfactory reasons shall be produced for further delay, under the penalty of forfeiting the rated value of every article that shall not have been delivered within that period of time. 4. In order to ascertain the time within which it is incumbent on a deputy pay-master to furnish the articles required of him, he shall, whenever an Indent is presented to him, in his capacity of commissary of supplies, and that the stores are not supplied forth with, indorse it “accepted,” and add the date of presentment. 5. Stores supplied in any considerable quantity are, in every practicable case, to undergo a regular survey, agreeably to the established rules of the service previous previous to their being received into the magazine, and in case when a survey shall not have been practicable, as on occasion of any sudden emergency, from a want of officers, or from the supplies being too inconsiderable to require a particular survey of them, the commissary, deputy commissary, or other officer in charge of the magazine, is himself to survey and minutely examine the stores, to see that they are in quality, weight, and njeasure, conformable to what is required by the indent, and that they are in every respect in good condition and adapted . to the purpose for which they were indented for. 6. The survey report is, along with the indent on which the stores were passed by the military board, to be tacked to the deputy pay-master's bill, and forwarded with it as a necessary voucher, to the office of the military auditor general. 7. In cases when stores shall have been supplied on emergent indents, under the authority vested in commanding officers of stations, without the previous sanction of the military board, such indents, accompanied by the deputy paymaster's bills for the stores so supplied, vouched in the manner directed in the 6th article, are to be transmitted, through the regular channel of the brigade major of the station, to the secretary of the military board, for the purpose of being submitted for their sanction. 8. When the indents shall have been passed by the board, they will, together with the bills, be forwarded to the office of the military auditor cneral, of which due intimation will be given to the deputy paymaster by the secretary of the military board. 9. If any deputy pay-master
shall, in his capacity of commissary of supplies, furnish stores without authority of the right honourable the commander in chief, or the military board, (except in cases of emergency, which are provided for by the 7th and 15th articles) he shall not be held entitled to make any charge against the company for stores so furnished, and the military auditor-general shall reject all such bills as may be presented to him for stores supplied without either of the authorities above-mentioned, , or without the emergency of the case
requiring that they should be so
supplied. 10. The deputy pay-masters are however authorized to comply with the indents of the ordnance officers in charge of magazines for such articles as may be requisite to complete the proportions of petty stores allowed to be issued to quarter-masters by the general orders of 13th September, and 14th November, 1796, taking care that the quantities issued on such indents do not exceed the regulated allowances, and that the indents, with the receipts of the ordnance officers for the contents, are transmitted regularly every month to the military board office for the sanction of the military board. 11. The supplies to be furnished by the deputy pay-masters are to be confined to the wants of the magazines, and not to extend to the engineer department, or that of the quarter-master-general. 12. The commissaries, deputycommissaries, or other officers in charge of magazines, are to be furnished with a copy of the list of stores to be supplied by the deputy pay-master at the different stations of the army, by which their indents on the deputy pay-master are to be regulated, and they are positively - - enjoined
enjoined not to indent on them for any article not specified therein, except in cases of absolute necessity, of which necessity the military board are to be judges in the first instance. The indents and bills for all such extra articles shall be made out separate from those for stores authorised to be furnished by the deputy pay-master, and the rates at which the articles are charged by the deputy pay-master must correspond with his actual bona fide disbursements, (which must be certified to be so upon honor,) the bills for which are to be accompanied by the original bill or receipt for the sum paid for them, and to be attested by the following declaration : “I, A. B. do hereby declare upon my honor, that the articles charged for in this bill have been purchased by me, on the public account, at the rates specified ; that I do not directly or indirectly derive any emolument from their purchase ; and that I have endeavoured, to the best of my power, to procure them on the most reasonable.
13. The agent for the supply of military stores at the presidency, and the deputy pay-masters acting in their capacity of commissaries of supplies, being the only persons autherised to furnish any article of military stores; commissaries, deputy commissaries, or other officers of ordnance, shall on no account act as commissaries of supplies of stores ; nor on any occasion whatevar be concerned in purchasing or procuring military stores; the regulations of the service placing. them in their proper situations of officers custody, check and controul in the department to which they belong.
14. The list ef stores and their rates to undergo revision every two years.
15. Indents on the commissary of supplies shall not include anyarticle which the commissary, or other officer of ordnance, shall have it in his power to make up from the materials in the magazine under his charge, or which he may be able to procure from a neighbouring depot or magazine; provided, however, the purpose for which such articles are required is not of an emergent nature, or that the service would be liable to be prejudiced by the delay that could attend a requisition on another depot or magazine, in all such cases the discretion of the officer commanding, and the rules of the service which provide for public emergencies must be the guide.
16. It is however expected, that commissaries, and officers of ordnance, in charge of magazines, will prevent the necessity of having recourse to the commissiaries of supplies, for Europe, and other articles not in the list of stores which they are authorised to supply, and which are usually sent from the grand arsenal of Fort William to the different magazines, by foreseeing the probable demand there will be for such articles, and by making timely applications to the military board for the requisite supplies, as well as by keeping themselves informed of the state of magazines within their reach.
17. Until a new table of rates can be prepared for the different stations of the army, deputy paymasters are to continue to furnish the usual stores according to the rates heretofore allowed.
T. Hill, Acting Sec. Mil. Dept.
Fort William, Sept. 18, 1806. Ordered that the following conditions of the agreement, entered into by government with Mr. Fairlie, for the supply of military stores, &c. and with Messrs. Inglis, Raitt, and Co. for the supply of chumani, be published in general orders. The stores are to be supplied on indents passed by the military board, setting forth the specific purposes for which they are required; and the contractor or contractors are obliged to furnish the several articles of stores, if of less cost than sicca rupees 5000 : within one month after the indent or indents, passed by the military board, for such stores, shall have been presented by the public officer or department, for whose use they may be required; if the stores be of the value or cost, of sicca rupees 5000 : within two months, and if the value or cost of the stores be sicca rupees 10,000: within three months after the indents passed as before shall have been presented to the contractor, unless sufficient and satisfactory reasons shall be assigned by the contractor to the military board, for any longer delay in their delivery. . Immediately on the indent being presented to the contractor, passed by the military board as above, he is to endorse the same “accepted,” adding the date of presentment, so as to ascertain the time within which it is incumbent upon him to furnish the articles required. - No stores are, on any account, to be received in large quantities from the contractor, until they shall have been surveyed, and approved as good and serviceable, and corresponding with the prescribed musters (in case where
musters are fixed by a committee of officers nominated for the purpose. The commissary of stores, garrison store-keeper, executive officer, barrack-master, and agent for gun carriages, and powder barrels, are to attend the committees of survey in their respective departments, and to point out, to the committees, such stores as may be tendered by the contractor, and which may in their judgment be any way objectionable or unfit for service, and these officers, viz. the garrison store-keeper, executive-officer, barrack-master, and agent for gun carriages and powder barrels, will be held responsible for any store admitted by the committees of survey, with their consent, which may afterwards be found unfit for the purposes for which they were intended. The contractor is bound to furnish the commissary stores, and garrison store-keeper, with lists of the articles which he shall from time to time offer to deliver into the arsenal, or garrison stores, in which lists are to be expressed the numbers of the indents, as registered by the military board office, by which the supplies of the articles so offered shall have been authorized, and committees of surveys, or inspecting officers being furnished by the commissary of stores, or garrison store-keeper, as the case may require, with the said lists, shall insert the corresponding numbers of the indents in their reports of the survey, which are to be forwarded in the usual manner through the town-major's office, to the military board. The store which may be rejected by the committees of survey as unfit for the service, will be at the expense of the contractor, who will