On the sixth day of February, in reply to an order of the House
, requesting a report of the amount claimed or paid as commissions, compensation, expenses, or profits by persons who went to foreign countries to purchase arms on account of the State
, the Governor
submitted a brief statement, by which it appears that Mr. Crowninshield
, and Mr. McFarland
, who accompanied him to Europe
to purchase arms and equipments, were the only persons that had been employed on that business up that time.
returned home in August, 1861. Mr. McFarland
was left in England
to superintend the execution of uncompleted contracts, and to inspect the arms as manufactured.
He remained on this business until the spring of 1862.
For his entire services Mr. McFarland
was paid the sum of $3,527.96. ‘In the final settlement of accounts,’ the Governor
says, ‘the claim of two and a half per cent on all the disbursements was made by Mr. Crowninshield
for compensation for himself.’
The disbursements were $351,347.48. This claim was not allowed by the Governor
An order was passed by the Executive Council, allowing Mr. Crowninshield
$2,500 for his expenses in purchasing arms in England
on condition that he settle the account as rendered by him of Mr. McFarland
as inspector of said arms, and return to the Treasurer
proper vouchers for the same; and James M. Shute
, James Ritchie
, and Gerry W. Cochrane
, members of the Council, were appointed a committee, with authority to settle with Mr. Crowninshield
on the above conditions.
The Governor then states,—
The proposition made by this order, being communicated by the committee to Mr. Crowninshield, was declined by him in writing, Sept. 20; and his account remains unadjusted.
He retains in his hands a balance of £ 512. 10s. 5d., or $2,482.87, of funds belonging to the Commonwealth, and claims for his compensation an additional amount of £ 1,276. 14s., or $6,184.90, or, in all, £ 1,789. 4s. 5d., or $8,667.77.
The Governor further adds,—
The instructions addressed to Mr. Crowninshield are silent on the subject of compensation for his agency.
At the time he sailed for