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United States Coast Survey.-Gcographical Positions. Section X.-Coast of California.

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APPENDIX No. 13.

Letter of the Secretary of the Treasury, communicating to the Superintendent

of the Coast Survey the act of Congress requiring examinations to be made in relation to light-houses, light-boats, beacons, buoys, fc.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,

March 29, 1851. Sir: S. Pleasonton, esq., the general superintendent of the lighthouse establishnient, having reported to me that preliminary surveys, as required by 2d, 3d, and 4th sections of an act entitled “An act making appropriations for light-houses, light-boats, buoys, &c., and providing for the erection and establishment of the same, and for other purposes," approved the 3d March, 1851, are necessary to determine the sites and ascertain more fully what is required by the public exigencies, in reference to alll the light-houses, light-boats, beacons, and buoys, for which appropriations are made by the act requiring that the Superintendent of the Coast Survey shall perform this duty on the seaboard, you are directed to cause such examination to be made as will enable you to furnish the information particularly suggested in the 3d section of the act, on the seacoast of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, and Oregon.

A newspaper containing the act of Congress herein referred to, the places to be examined, and the objects to be obtained from such examination, is herewith enclosed. When the several localities have been visited, and such examination made as will enable you to comply with the requirements of the act, you will make report to this department of the result of such examinations, having special regard to the inquiries suggested in the 3d section of the act, in every case of proposed expenditure.

It is desirable that this report should describe the kind of structure, or other improvement, authorized by the act which you would recommend for adoption, and be accompanied by sketches indicating the precise points where they should be placed; and when it is necessary to purchase the sites, the names of the owners should also be stated. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. L. HODGE,

Acting Secretary of the Treasury. Prof. A. D. Bache,

Superintendent U. 8. Coast Survey.

AN ACT making appropriations for light-houses, light-boats, buoys, &c., and provi ling for

the erection and establishment of the same, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following appropriations be, and the same are hereby made, and directed to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to enable the

Secretary of the Treasury to carry the provisions of this act into effect: Provided, however, If a good title to any land which it may be necessary to use cannot be obtained on reasonable terms, or the exclusive right to such land as cannot be acquired by cession, when the interest of the United States demands it, before the appropriation would by law fall into the surplus fund, in any and all such cases the appropriations shall be applicable to the objects for which they are made, at any time within two years after the first meeting of the legislature in any State wherein such land may be situated, subsequent to the passage of this act, to wit:

MAINE.

For buoys on White's and Thom's ledges, and on Pond Island reef, at the mouth of the Kennebec river, three hundred dollars.

For a light-house on Pond island, at the entrance of Narraguagus bay, four thousand dollars.

MASSACHUSETTS.

For a light-boat on the Shovelful shoals, off Chatham, twelve thousand five hundred dollars.

For eleven buoys in the channel to Commercial Point and Neponset river, in Dorchester, one thousand dollars.

For a light-house at the head of Holmes' Hole harbor, three thousand five hundred dollars.

For a beacon on Fawn bar, near Deer island, Boston harbor, two thousand five hundred dollars.

For two iron spindles on the northeast ledge of the Graves, and on Holmes' ledge, Boston harbor, two thousand dollars.

RHODE ISLAND.

For a light-boat off Brenton's reef, fifteen thousand dollars.

CONNECTICUT.

For a can-buoy on Peafield reef, off Black Rock harbor, in Long Island sound, in addition to a former appropriation in the act of Sep tember, eighteen hundred and fifty, one hundred and thirty-five dollars.

NEW YORK.

For a light-house on Flynn's knoll, near Sandy Hook, thirty thor sand dollars.

For a light-house on Horse Shoe reef, Niagara river, twenty-five thousand dollars, in addition to the former appropriations.

For a light-house on the pier, at the mouth of Sodus bay, and the removal of the beacon light on said pier to Grassy Point, near Point Glasgow, six thousand dollars.

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