I regret to be unable to make a favorable report of the progress of our preparations to execute your plan. .... As I remarked to you orally,1 the measure must be attended with great sacrifice of property, and perhaps much suffering “.... March 3d:” Your orders for moving cannot be executed now, on account of the condition of roads and streams ... It is evident that a large quantity of it “(public property)” must be sacrificed.... In conversation with you,2
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