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1 Investigation of Quarantine and the Health Officers Department. Before the Committee on Commerce and Navigation in the Assembly of the State of New York 1873

handle is hein.trials/aauv0001 and id is 1 raw text is: TESTIMONY.
JOHN W. RrrQH, being duly sworn, testified as follows:
Examined by Mr. PECXHAM:
Q. What is your profession or occupation ? A. I am an architect.
Q. How long have you been? A. Since 1846; in the city of
New York.
Q. Have you been in the employ of the commissioners of quar-
antine at any time? A. I was in their employ from January, 15,
1866, to January 26, 1871.
Q. What was the character of your employment there? A. To
design, execute and construct islands in the lower bay for quarantine
purposes.
Q. Had you made any estimate of buildings to be erected and of
their estimated cost prior to the act of 1866 being passed? A. I
made an estimate and plans, which were presented to the Legisla-
ture, upon which an appropriation was made for the islands.
Q. The act I refer to is the act constituting the commissioners of
quarantine, and the mayors of New York and Brooklyn, into a
board for the purposes of quarantine construction ? A. I think they
were called the construction board.
Q. Prior *to the passage of that act, you had yourself made an
estimate of what buildings would be required, and their cost, for
quarantine purposes? A. The islands and appurtenances all com-
plete, that amounted to twelve hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000),
in other words, four hundred thousand dollars each ($400,000),
Q. Those estimates were based upon strftotures to be erected
where I A. Where they are now erected; in the lower bay of the
port of New York.
Q. Any name to the place where the structures were to be erected,
except in the lower bay-any nearer approach? A. Excepting that
they were to be a mile and a half (1*) from the nearest shore; the
hospital structure was confined to a mile and a half (if) from the
nearest shore-did not say where.
[Senate No. 82.]         i

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