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and to private citizens it supplies a mine of information which, in the past, has been confined to a few.
I have been told by a Member of Congress that he spent three months of each year in going about searching for information with which to answer inquiries submitted to him by his constituents.
There is no branch of the United States Government which is not explained, in a general way, in this book.
Here will be found the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the organization of Congress and its employés, the manner of making laws, a description of the Library of Congress, and of the Botanical Garden. Then the Executive Department is considered, beginning, first, with the President, the manner of his election, his powers and duties, and the force employed in his office. Then the seven great executive departments,—the State, Treasury, War, Navy, Interior, Post-Office, and Justice, with their organization, the duties generally of all the principal officers, interesting accounts of the practice and customs in the several bureaus, with an account of the service outside of Washington, including foreign ministers, consuls and consular agents, the Indian Service, the Public Lands, Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, the Army and the Navy, with the pay of all officers, civil, military, and naval, of the Government.
We come next to the Judiciary, with an account of the organization of all the United States Courts, and their jurisdiction.
The Territorial Governments, the District of Columbia, and the Smithsonian. Institution.
The next chapter gives the manner of the appointment of all officers and their tenure, and the following chapter the amount of bonds required of all officers in whose hands money and property of the Government are held, and who execute bonds for the faithful performance of their duties.
N.B.-Communications addressed to the title of an office will reach their destination as speedily and surely as if the name of the incumbent were known
All officers of the Government, and others to whom I have applied for information, have very courteously and willingly complied with my requests, and afforded me all the assistance desired.
WASHINGTON, D. C., January 19, 1880.
GEO. N. LAMPHERE.
Office Third Assistant Postmaster-General