Excerpt from Correspondence on the Subject of Appraisements, &C: Between T. Butler King, Collection, and J. Vincent Browne, Appraiser, Custom House, San Francisco, Californai
I enclose herewith a German Invoice for translation, and the addition of such charges as the law requires, previous to the entry being made. Hitherto a clerk has been employed in my office for this, among other duties. He has recently been dismissed in pursuance of orders from the Secretary of the Treasury, who, I have reason to believe considers the addition of the legal charges, and the necessary translation of Foreign Invoices as properly belonging to your office. If you concur in this view of the matter, I shall be obliged if you will have the service performed, and the Invoice returned, as soon as possible, as the entry cannot be made, until we receive it properly prepared. Please give me explicit information whether you consider this duty as properly belonging to your office, and whether your present force will enable you to have it performed with such promptness as will not retard the business at my entry desk.
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