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BALANCE REMAINING UNPAID.

There still remains as “suspended and disallowed,” on the books at the treasury department, on account of the

First Installment............... $1,544.79
Second and Third Installment 26,301.75
Fourth Installment.......... 871.84
Sixth Installment ..... 20.84- $28,739.22
Fifth and Seventh Installments, in pro-
cess of settlement.......

194,353.93-$223,093.15

Of the amount "suspended and disallowed,” but a small propor tion, perhaps not exceeding ten per cent., will be recovered. As to the 5th and 7th installments, I am unable at this stage of their adjustment to predict results. Being the last of our accounts, they embrace all kinds of expenditures, made necessary, it is true, by reason of the rebellion, yet, many of them of a character not recog. nized by the General Government, and which, up to this time, they have steadily refused to reimburse to any of the States. If, at the close of this commission, there shall not remain unpaid a sum exceeding ten per cent. of the gross amount of our military expenses, running through a period of eight or nine years, the State will have little cause of complaint against the General Government, for unjust discriminations in its settlements, as compared with that of any other State in the Union. Judging from the experience of the past three years, I think it not impossible to reach that point.

Up to the present time, but little has been done towards a settlement with the United States on account of the alleged deficiency in the payment of the five per cent. on the sales of the public lands lying within the State. I am promised, on the part of the proper officer of the Government, a statement of this account, brought down to the close of the last fiscal year, (June 30th, 1869,) which, when obtained will show all that is acknowledged as due to us from that source. This amount being five per cent. on such sales of the public lands as are made only for cash, during the last few years, is insignificant when compared with what, in the opiniom of many, we are entitled to receive, viz. : five per cent. on all lands disposed of by the Government, whether paid for in cash, or by military bounty land-warrants. Any construction of this law justifying the latter proposition, has thus far been persistently resisted by the accounting officers of the Government, and there is but slight probability that it will ever be otherwise, unless by special Act of Congress, of which, I venture to say, there would be equally slight probability. I have the honor to remain,

Your Excellency's obedient servant,

J. N. DEWEY, Commissioner, &c. His EXCELLENCY, SAMUEL MERRILL, Governor of Iowa.

OF THE

IOWA INSTITUTION

FOR THE

EDUCATION OF THE BLİND,

LOCATED AT VINTON, BENTON CO.,

TO THE

THIRTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

DECEMBER, 1869.

DES MOINES:

F. M. MILLS, STATE PRINTER.

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