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CORRESPONDENCE Between the Provincial Government and Messrs. Kinipple & Morris, and Messrs. Reed Bros.,… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. 1876

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 39 Vic. Correspondence—Graving Dock. 657
CORRESPONDENCE
Between the Provincial Government and Messrs. Kinipple & Morris, and Messrs.
Reed Bros., respecting the Esquimalt Graving Dock, since 1st February, 1876.
By Command,
FORBES CEO. VERNON,
Chief Commissioner Lands and Works.
Lands and Works Department,
25ih April, 1876.
Messrs. Kinipple $■ Morris to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3, Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
6th January, 1876.
Esquimalt Graving Dock—Cofferdam Contract.
Sir,—We have the honour to acknowledge your favour of the 25th November,
1875, accompanied with three printed forms of contract to be signed by the contractors,
Messrs. Eeed Bros., and their sureties (Mr. James Wright and Mr. John Smith.)
We note all your instructions for obtaining the signatures to the documents, which
we have thought desirable to place in the hands of our Solicitors, Messrs. Gellatly, Son
& Warton, of 2, Lombard Court, Gracechurch Street, E. London, to get duly and properly signed.
With reference to the sureties (who are quite unknown to us) proposed by the
contractors, enquiry will be made as to their being responsible parties or not, before
the signing of the Agreement and Bond.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris.
Messrs. Kinipple $■ Morris to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3, Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
6th January, 1876.
Esquimalt Graving Dock—Pumping Machinery.
Sir,—The contract for the pumping machinery was duly executed on the 23rd
December, 1875, and we have instructed our Solicitors, Messrs. Gellatly, Son & Warton,
of 2, Lombard Court, London, to have a properly attested copy made of tbo contract as
executed between your Government and the contractors, Messrs. J. Watt & Co., which
will be forwarded to you immediately on our receiving the same.
Our Mr. Morris visited the Soho Foundry, Birmingham, on the 23rd December,
1875, to inspect the machinery and to note the progress made; and on the 24th December, 1875, we granted a certificate for the payment to the contractors of the sum of
£1,260 sterling, being the first instalment of twenty per cent, of the contract sum
of £6,300 sterling, in accordance with the terms of the contract.
We may remark that Messrs. Watt & Co. proceeded with the making of the
machinery after we accepted their tender, on the 19th October, believing that your
Government would offer no objection to tho terms of payment proposed by them, and
stated in our letter to you of the 21st of October last, and which terms the Government
approved of by wire, to the Manager of the Bank of British Columbia, London, in the
middle of December last. 658 Correspondence—Graving Dock. 1876
We beg to give below a statement of the progress made in the construction of the
pumping machinery at the time of our Mr. Morris' visit to Soho Foundry, on the 23rd
December last.
We enclose herewith copy of a letter received from Colonel Pasley, of the Admiralty, dated 22nd December, approving of the general arrangement and class of pumping machinery proposed for the Dock.
We have, etc..
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris.
Statement of Progress of Pumping Machinery.
No. 2. Outer Cylinder castings bored and faced up;
„      Inside Cylinder bored, and being fitted to outer casing;
„      Steam Nozzles cast, bored, and end flanges faced;
„      Slide Valves cast, about half finished;
„      Main Piston Eods forged, and partly turned;
„      Engine Cranks forged, partly turned, holes bored;
No. 1. Cylinder Cover cast;
No. 2. Gun .Metal Air Pump Eods cast;
„      Piston Eod Cross Bar finished;
„      Twenty Metal Expansion Valve Eods rolled, but not turned;
„      Brass Air Pump Plungers cast, but not turned;
„      Brass Liners for Air Pump cast and bored out;
No. 4. Wrought Iron Eccentric ends nearly finished;
„      Brasses for main end of Connecting Eods cast;
No. 2. Pistons cast and bored;
' „      Rings for do.       do.;
No. 4. Eccentrics cast, but not turned or lined up with rolled liners;
„      Slide Valve Eods, steel turned and screwed;
No. 2. Cranks for main pumps being turned;
No. 1. Air Pump and Condenser cast, doors being planed, and ends faced;
Brass Valve Seats for Condenser cast and turned;
No. 3. Shells of Boilers all rivetted up.
P.S.—As regards the conditions of the Contract, we have a few more clauses to
arrange before sending them to you; they will follow by the next mail. K. &M.
[Enclosure.]
Colonel Pasley to Messrs. Kinipple $ Morris.
Admiralty, Spring Garden Terrace, S.W.,
22nd December, 1875.
Gentlemen,—In reply to your letter of the 22nd instant, 1 beg to inform you that
I have no objection to offer to the general arrangement and class of engine and pumps
proposed by you for the Dock at Esquimalt, as shown in tho Plans which you submitted for approval on the 17th instant.
I have, &c,
(Signed) 0. Pasley.
Messrs. Kinipple £ Morris to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3, Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
January 13th, 1876.
Esquimalt Dock.
Sir,—We have the honour to inform you that we have this day sent you a rough
Draft of Conditions for the carrying out of the main Dock Works, which we shall be
glad if you will look over and return, with any alterations which .you may deem
necessary.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris. 39 Vie. Correspondence—Graving Dock. 659
Messrs. Kinipple $ Morris to the. Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3, Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
January 20th, 1876.
Ee Pumping Machinery.
Sir,—We have the honour to forward herewith the contract for the Machinery,
duly signed and attested, which we trust you will find all correct.
We granted yesterday, the 19th instant, a certificate for the payment of the second
instalment under the contract.
Messrs. Eeed Bros, meet us to-morrow, Friday, the 21st instant, at our Solicitors,
to sign the contract for the Cofferdam.
We learn from them that their agent did not leave on Saturday last, the 15th inst.,
as cabled to you; probably the delay in his leaving has arisen from the fact of the
signing of the contract being postponed, by reason of one of the sureties not being
approved of by us.
In the draft copy of conditions for the main works, forwarded to you by the last
mail, we wish to draw your attention to the fact that where it has been possible, in the
general direction of the works, to insert the words " Chief Commissioner of Lands and
Works," in lieu of the word " Engineers," we have done so; at the same time we venture
to submit that great care should be exercised in altering the conditions in this respect.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris.
Surveyor-General io Messrs. Kinipple $ Morris.
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, 3rd March, 1876.
Gentlemen,—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th January
last, and the draft copy of conditions for the main works of the Esquimalt Graving
Dock.
In reply, I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Forbes George
Vernon, (the Honourable Eobert Beaven's successor in office) is at present absent from
Victoria; on his return I shall immediately lay the matter before him, and return the
draft of conditions with as little delay as possible.
I have, etc., (Signed) A. S. Farwell.
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to Messrs. Kinipple & Morris.
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, 18th March, 1876.
Esquimalt Dock.
Gentlemen,—1 have the honour to inform you that I have this day returned the
conditions for the carrying out of the main Dock works.
I have made a few alterations in pencil, on pages Nos. 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 24, 25,
65 and 66. 1 have, etc.,
(Signed) Forbes Geo. Vernon.
Messrs. Reed Bros. $ Co. to the Commissioner of Lands and Works.
11, Tokenhouse Yard, Lothbury, London, E.C.,
January 26th, 1876.
Esquimalt Cofferdam.
Sir,—We have the honour of introducing to you the bearer, Mr. C. E. Dawson, C.E.,
our Agent for the construction of the above works.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Reed Bros. & Co. 660 Correspondence—Graving Dock. 1876
Messrs. Kinipple $ Morris to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3, Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
February 2nd, 1876.
Sir,—We received a communication from Messrs. Eeed Bros., on the llth ultimo,
that their agent would leave on the following Saturday, and we cabled you to that
effect; we afterwards learnt that he did not leave as we expected, the delay, we presume, arising from the circumstance of the contract not being signed. We again cabled
you on the 29th ultimo, as follows: " Contract signed; Agent left."
We now beg to enclose you one copy of Contract and Bond, duly signed; the second copy will be forwarded by the next mail.
You will observe it has been necessary to interline these documents, to give them
effect.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris.
Surveyor-General io Messrs. Kinipple $ Morris.
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, March 23rd, 1876.
Gentlemen,—1 beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2nd ultimo,
enclosing one copy of Contract and Bond, duly signed by Eeed Bros, et al.
The second copy has also safely arrived.
I have great pleasure in informing you that Mr. Dawson, C.E., agent for Eeed
Bros., reported himself at this office on the 14th instant.
Hayward & Jenkinson's contract was cancelled on the 18th instant, and Eeed Bros.
& Co.'s contract duly signed by the Honourable Forbes Geo. Vernon, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, on the same day. One copy of the contract has been
handed to Mr. Dawson.
Mr. Dawson is taking active steps to commence the work.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) A. S. Farwell.
Messrs. Kinipple § Morris to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
3 Westminster Chambers, London, S.W., and Greenock, N.B.,
24th February, 1876.
Ee Esquimalt Dock.
yIE —We have the honour to return herewith printed documents duly signed as to
payments on account of pumping machinery for the Dock. "
We learn from the Bank here that the question of rate of exchange has to  be
arranged with their branch at Victoria. < .   _ _
We hope to hear very soon that Messrs. Eeed Bros.' agent has arrived, and that
the Cofferdam works are in hand.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) Kinipple & Morris.

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