I have the honor to state
it is necessary to attach to my Dept. as Chief Commissioner for
lands and Works, six well selected men accustomed to opening
trails, Steering and paddling canoes and all other services
incidental to Camp and Bush life in the Country.
For the present I would
name for this duty:
They demand 70 dollars
per month each with Rations and from all I can learn that sum is
the very lowest rate of pay at which I could hope to get men at
all qualified to the service. The Leader will probably demand a
small additional gratuity.
I solicit your authority
for the above and that I may change the men from time to time as
opportunities occur for a better selection.
I propose to engage them
forthwith and send them with the Survey Parties under Captain
Parsons RE on the special duty in reference which he will now
receive instruction from me.
I have the honor to be,
Sir, Your most obedient,
Col. Comd. RE of the Det.