War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0589 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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Alex. Collie & Co., it was on the promise of Major Huse that Colonel Gorgas' draft on him for 22,500 pounds, drawn on a shipment of cotton, would be paid in a few days. He even scent so far as to send Mr. Bosher a letter saying that it would be paid on presentation by Messers. Isaac, Campbell & Co., but before Mr. Bosher's return from Liverpool he rescinded that authority and drew on me for the amount, which of course I did not pay. If this draft had been paid it would have enabled me to work on with an advance of about 30,000 pounds from Messers. Alex. Collie & Co., which is the amount I had been promised if necessary. You will observe that I have added an estimate for preserved meats, which I am inclined to think would result very well at the reduced price now proposed. In order to send any by the Harkaway, which is now loading, we must decide at once. As heretofore stated verbally to you, I could make out with a portion of the money estimated for it I could have assurance of payments out of the loan as they mature. But as you are aware, I can give no assurance, having no orders on the depositaries, and no authority to draw any money except simply a letter from the Secretary of War requesting you to furnish me with all I required out of any funds the Government can command abroad.

ESTIMATE.

DR.

Government's three-fourths cost of steamers

Venus and Hebe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,000 pounds Payments already made on three steamers now

building. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,000

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44,000 pounds

Invoice of goods shipped per Venus and Hebe. . . . . . . . . . . 10,034

(In addition to which these steamers carried other goods bought by Major Ferguson, costing about 40,000 pounds.)

Goods bought and now being shipped to Bermuda and Nassau to meet the Venus and Hebe on their return from the Confederate States, per sailing vessels Harkaway, Petrel, and Nautilus. . . . . . . . . 23,000

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Total amount paid for Government. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77,034

CR.

By amount paid by Mr. Spence on the order of Hon. J. M. Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55,000 pounds

Three drafts received of C. H. Bosher. . . . . . . . . . . 2,500

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57,500

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Actual cash balance due by the Government. . . . . . . 19,534

Balance of provisions already bought by C. H. Bosher and now in Liverpool, and which ought to be sent forward to the islands without delay to insure continuous cargoes for the Venus and Hebe and the steamer Diana, launched yesterday. . . . . . . 25,000

Three-fourths payments necessary on steamers now building within the next thirty-days, including balance on Diana. 9,000

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34,000

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53,534

100,000 pounds of preserved meat, which could be had in time to go by the Harkaway this week if ordered at once. . . . . 3,800

Preserved meats proposed to be furnished at the rate of 175,000 pounds per week if the contract is closed, would amount to 4,000 pounds or week for four week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,000

Preserved-meat contract continued to the 1st of August (five weeks) would be. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,000

Balance due on two steamers building, to be paid for before the 1st of August. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22,000

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61,800

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115,334

Yours, very truly,

WM. G. CRENSHAW.