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Ten (10) plates for the postage-stamps of tbe Department of Justice, at

$500 each.. Nine (9) plates for the postage-stamps of the Department of Agriculture,

at $500 each....

5, 000 00

4, 500 00

Amounting in all to

50, 000 00 Allow fifty thousand dollars, ($50,000,) in accordance with order maile July 17, 1874, out of the appropriation for postage-stamps, stamped envelopes, and postal-cardsplates procured to supply an emergency of the service requiring immediate delivery.

J. W. MARSHALL,

Postmaster-General. JULY, 1874.

NEW YORK, July 17, 1874. THE UNITED STATES Post-OFFICE DEPARTMENT

TO THE CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE COMPANY, of New York, DR. For official postage-stamps furnished to the Department up to and inclusive of June 30, 1874.

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Grand total 32,320,085 stamp3, at 80 cents per 1,000, $25,856. 07.

I certify that the foregoing account is correct so far as concerns the number of stamps furnished.

E. W. BARBER,

Third Assistant Postmaster-General. JULY 17, 1874.

Allow twenty-five thousand eight hundred and fifty-six dollars and seven cents in accordance with order made July 17, 1874, out of the appropriation for postage-stamps, stamped envelopes and postal carus-stamps procured to supply an emergency of the service requiring immediate delivery.

J. W. MARSHALL,

Postmaster-General. JULY, 1874.

This article of contract and agreement, made this twenty-seventh day of August, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four, between the United States of America, (acting in this behalf by James W. Marshall, Postmaster-General,) of the first part, and The Continental Bank-Note Company, of the city and State of New York, by Homer H. Stuart, president thereof, as principal, and Honier H. Stuart, of the said city of New York, and Touro Robertson, of the said city of New York, as sureties, of the second part, witnesseth:

That whereas by the fourth section of an act of Congress approved March third, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three, entitled *** An act making appropriations to supply deticiencies in the appropriations for the service of the Government for the fiscai year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and seventy-three, and for other purposes,” it was enacted, in addition to other provisions, as follows. 'Provide:1, That the Postmaster-General shall cause to be prepared a special stamp or

stamped envelope, to be used only for official mail-matter, for each of the Executive Departments."

And whereas, to meet the requirements of this provision and the public exigency caused by cotemporaneous legislation, it became necessary for the Postmaster-General to procure immediately, by contract, the designated stamps or stamped en velopes, and under that necessity, and with a proper regard to the public interest, he verbally contracted with the Continental Bank-Note Company, of the city and State of New York, to manufacture and furnish to the Post-Office Department all the postage-stamps of the character described in the said preceding law, which the Department would require for the term ending on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, at such prices as should be subsequently ascertained to be a just and reasonable compensation ; and

Whereas thereafter, to ascertain what would be a just and reasonable compensation to be paid to the Continental Bank-Note Company for manufacturing and furnishing tbe said official stamps, and for making and preparing the dies, rolls, and plates necessary to print and furnish the same, the Postmaster-General did appoint a committee of three discreet and competent persons to carefully examine and report what would be a just and reasonable compensation as aforesaid, which committee, having visited the manufactory of said company and carefully examined and considered the matters to them referred, did report to the Postmaster-General that for making and preparing the said dies, rolls, and plates, the same to become and continue the property absolutely of the United States, and at all times subject to its control, and at all times, wben necessary, to be repaired and renewed by the said Continental Bank-Note Company, without cost to the Government, the sum of fifty thousand dollars was a just and reasonable compensation; and for manufacturing, printing, delivering, and distributing, upon the order of the Postmaster-General, the said official stamps for the term ending on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, the sum of eighty cents for each one thousand of said official postage-stamps.

And whereas the report of said committee was duly considered and approved by the Postmaster-General and acceded to and accepted by the said Continental BankNote Company: Now,

Therefore, in consideration of the premises and in pursuance of the verbal agreement berein before referred to, the said Continental Bank-Note Company, of the city and State of New York, and its sureties, parties of the second part, do hereby jointly and severally undertake, covenant, and agree to and with the United States of America, and do bind themselves in the manner following, to wit:

First. To furnish and deliver, as hereinafter covenanted and agreed, all the adhesive official postage-stamps which may be required by the Post-Office Department, for the use of the several Executive Departments of the Government during the period commencing on and from the day of the date of this contract and ending on the thirtieth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven.

Second. That all the said official stamps shall be furnished, subject to the approval of the Department, from steel plates engraved in the highest style of the art of steelengraving, printed in such colors as may be selected by the Department, in the best and most approved manner, equal in every respect to the official stamps now manufactored, upon paper of the best quality suitable for the purpose, thoroughly gummed with the best quality of adhesive gum, perforated in such manner that each separate stamp can be readily detached and used, the sheets to be well pressed, and packed so as to prevent them from adhering to each other; the same to be furnished" with all reasonable dispatch, in such quantities as may be ordered by the Department to fill the separate daily or other requisitions of postmasters and the various Executive Departments.

Third. To keep on hand at all times a stock of the several kinds and denominations of official stamps, subject to the control of an agent of the Department, in all stages of manufacture, sufficient to meet all orders of the Department, and to provide against any and all contingencies that may be likely to occur during the existence of the contract, so that each and every order of the Department may be promptly filled; and the Department shall have the right to require the party of the second part, at any time during the existence of this contract, to furnish an extra quantity of official stamps, not exceeding a supply for three months.

Fourth. To securely pack all the official stamps in strong binders' board boxes, bound on all the edges and corners with muslin, and enveloped in two thicknesses of strong Manila paper, or inclose them in strong Manila en velopes, as the quantity to le transmitted inay require; all packages to be so inclosed as to enable the agent of the Department to officially seal them.

Fifth. To deliver the official stamps in separate packages, as above provided for, at the post-office in the city of New York, or in such quantities at the Post-Office Department, or other Executive Departinents, at the city of Washington, D. C., (each denomipation being kept separate,) as the Postmaster-General may direct.

Sixth, To furnish labels and direct the same for each package in accordance with the daily or other lists furnished by the agent of the Department, together with all other blanks required to be inclosed with the official stamps; also, all blanks for daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly returns, relating to the number, kinds, and denominations of official stamps manufactured and stock on hand and in process of manufacture.

Seventh. To safely keep all dies, rolls, and plates from which official stamps are printed, which are now or may hereafter be placed in the custody of the party of the second part, the same to be subject to the order and control of the Postmaster-General; also, to keep in repair all dies, rolls, and plates from which the official stamps may be printed, and to renew the same whenever required; and should new designs be required at any time to take the place of the present series of official stamps, or of any of them, or for denominations of ofticial stamps not now iu use, the same shall be engraved and furnished, subject to the approval of the Postmaster-General, npon his request, within a reasonable time; all of which shall be done and executed in the best style of steelengraving by and at the expense of the party of the second part without cost to the Government. All dies, rolls, and plates made or used at any time in filling this contract shall be the absolute property of the United States, and shall be delivered, in good working-order, to the Postmaster-General, or bis authorized agent, whenever demanded.

Eighth. The party of the second part further agrees not to prepare, or permit to be prepared, in the staip manufactory, or in the Continental Bank-Note Company's establishment, any dies, rolls, plates, or engravings, from which printed stamps resembling those prepared for the otticial use of the Executive Departments can be made or produced ; and further, to use every possible means to prevent the issne by any one of ofticial postage-stamps from the dies, rolls, and plates engraved for the official stamps, or any other stamps resembling them.

Ninth. To secure and keep during the existence of this contract a strictly fire-proof building in the city of New York, which shall contain suitable apartments for manyfacturing said ofticial postage-stamps, and a fire and burglar proof safe or vault for storing the same; said apartments and safe or vault to be at all times subject to the inspection of an agent of the Department, and to be used solely for the manufacture and storage of postage-stamps for the United States, separate and distinct from any other work done by said party of the second part.

Tenth. To report to the Department weekly, under oath, the number of official stamps manufactured, (finished, untinished, and spoiled,) the number issued during the week, and the number available for issue; all spoiled stamps to be counted and destroyed in the presence of an agent of the Department and a representative of the party of the second part.

Eleventh. To furnish the agent of the Department and bis clerks suitable office and desk room at the place of manufacture for the transaction of the business of his agency, without cost to the United States; and to conforın in all respects to such regulations as the Department or its agent may, from time to time, adopt for the security of the Government.

Twelfth. That, in case of a failure on the part of the said Continental Bank-Note Company, of the city and State of New York, to do and perform all or any of the covepants, stipulations, and agreements of this contract, on its part to be performed as herein set forth, the said parties of the second part shall forfeit and pay to the United States of America the sum of fifty thousand dollars, for which said forfeiture the said parties of the second part shall be jointly and severally liable as liquidated damages, to be sued for in the name of the Cuited States in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

And the said party of the first part contracts and agrees to pay the said Continental Bank-Note Company, of the city and State of New York, for the official postage-stamps accepted and delivered in pursuance of this agreement, at the rate of eighty (50) cents for each one thousand (1,000) stamps, which shall be full compensation for everything required to be done or furnished under this contract; payments to be made quarterly, that is to say, in July, October, January, and April of each year, after proper examiuation and veritication of accounts.

It is further mutually stipulated and agreed, by and between the contracting parties, as follows:

First. That an agent of the Department shall have supervision of the manufacture, storage, and issue of the ofticial postage-stamps, who shall at all times have full and free access to the apartments, safes, and vaults where the stamps are mamifactnred and stored, for the purpose of inspecting the same, and whose duty it will be to require the stipulations of this contract to be faithfully observed.

Secoud. That the Postmaster-General shall have the right to annul this contract if, in his opinion, there shall be'a failure at any time to perform any of its covenants, stipulations, or agreements, or in case of an attempt to knowingly furnish to the Department official stumps inferior to those now iu use.

Third. That if, at any time during the continuance of this contract, the sureties therein, or any or either of them, shall die, or become irresponsible for the entire

amount of the forfeiture herein named, the Postmaster-General shall have the right to Tequire new, additional, and sufficient sureties, wbich the party of the second part shall furnish to the acceptance of the Postmaster-General, in manner and form as he shall direct, within ten (10) days after notice, and in default thereof the contract may be annulled.

Fourth. That should the interests of the Government require it, this contract may be extended beyond the time named, not exceeding three months, by order of the Postmaster-General, and the contract-prices and all conditions herein set forth shall govern in such extended contract.

Fifth. That if, at any time previous to the thirtieth day of April, one thousand right hundred and seventy-seven, the use of official postage-stumps shall be discontinued by reason of act of Congress, or otherwise, then this contract shall cease and determine with the discontinuance of the official stamps, and all dies, rolls, plates, &c., as hereinbefore set forth, shall be delivered to the Postmaster-General, or lis duly-authorized agent.

And for the faithful performance of this contract, and each and every of the covenants, agreements, and stipulations therein on their part to be performed, the said parties of the second part bind themselves, and each of them, their and each of their beirs, executors, and administrators.

In witness whereof the said Postmaster-General bas caused the seal of the Post-Office Department of the United States of America to be hereunto attixed, and has attested the same by his signature; and the said parties of the second part have hereunto set their hands and seals on the day and date first above written. I SEAL OF THE P. 0.

J. W. MARSHALL,
DEPT., U. S. A. S

Postmaster-General.
Attest:
E. W. BARBER.

The Continental Bank-Note Company, by
CONT'L BANK-NOTE CO.

HOMER H. STUART,
OF NEW YORK.

Its President.
HOMER H. STUART. [L. S.]

TOURO ROBERTSON. (L. S.] Attest: JARED K. MYERS,

Secretary.

SEAL OF THE

STATE OF NEW YORK,

City and County of New York, 88 : Homer H. Stuart, one of the sureties in the annexed contract, being duly sworn by me, upon oath says that he is a resident and freeholder of said State, and is worth the sum of $100,000 over all his debts and liabilities and exclusive of property exempt from execution.

HOMER H. STUART, 37 West 42d Street, New York City.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, a notary public in and for the city, county, and State of New York, this twenth-seventh day of August, 1874. (NOTARIAL SEAL]

FRANCIS B. ANTZ,

Notary Public, City and County of New York. STATE OF New York,

City and County of New York, 88 : Touro Robertson, one of the sureties in the annexed contract, being duly sworn by me, upon oath says that he is a resident and freebolder of said State, and is worth the sum of $100,000 over all his debts and liabilities and exclusive of property exempt from execution.

TOURO ROBERTSON,

13 East 56th Street.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, a notary public in and for the city, county, and State of New York, this twenty-seventh day of August, 1874. (NOTARIAL SEAL.]

FRANCIS B. ANTZ, Notary Public, City and County of New York.

Official copy.

(SEAL OF THE P. O. DEP'T.]
H. Mis. 43- -3

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