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[[right side]] Cap. Supt. Office 15 Aug 53 [[in pencil]][1853, Aug 17][[/pencil]] [[Gen?]] P. G. Washington Asst Sec. U.S. Treasury My Dear Sir Much of my cement all the marble & many other supplies come from N.Y. or beyond there. I should like to be able to place funds in the Subtreasury at N York in order to pay for this - I should save a half of one percent to the creditors of the Government & save the U.S. the expense of bringing specie here-- There was some difficulty with Maj [[Frazer?]] I understand that [[end page]] [[start page]] [[left side, pages between follow in the next image, pages in between may be missing]] Specie directly to the employer at the end of the month. This will [[prevent the?]] [[despicable?]] [[theory?]] at the Treasurer's doors & will save the time of the men also--but I hope to have no check [[strikethrough]] dis [[/strikethrough]] dishonored because it is below any limit. The treasurer is better paid for keeping the money than we are for [[divining?]] the ways & means of spending it judiciously & economically We have enough to do. Let him keep it all. Very Respectfully Yours M. C. Meigs [[?]] in [[which Cap Supt?]] & [[Wash?]] [[agreement?]] [[in pencil at left]] Q M General & Maj. Gen [[/in pencil at left]]
The first page is the one on the right, when folded and ready to be sent. It looks as if there is a leaf missing.
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