[Begly to Maillefert & Raasloff, 29 Sep 1853]PUBLIC WORKS, QUEBEC, 29th September, 1853.
GENTLEMEN,-I am directed to inform you that the Department is authorized to close with you for your proposed survey of the St. Lawrence Rapids, for the procuring of the necessary machinery, implements, &c., firing the trial charges referred to by you, and taking all possible measures to ascertain accurately and in detail the present state of each of the Channels, and the amount of rock necessary to be removed, in order to improve them to the extent stated in the advertisement; the whole cost of such survey, &c., not to exceed £1200. For the expenses incurred on such survey, satisfactory vouchers will have to be produced, upon which only the payments will be made. But no money will be paid until the survey is concluded, and proper maps and sections thereof sent in to this Department, of which they will then become the property. It is also to be understood that the amount to be paid for the improvement of the Channels will not be determined or settled until the result of such survey is known, as it is but reasonable that the Provincial Government should be aware of the amount of work to be done, previous to their entering into any engagement as to the sum of money to be paid for it.I am, Gentlemen,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed,) T. A. BEGLY,
Messrs. Maillefert & Raasloff,
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