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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. Mr. Crowninshield 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 and Council. 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

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