Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Third Session of the Fortieth Congress
We, the undersigned, United States and Russian commissioners, Captain Alexis Pestchouroff, of the imperial Russian navy, appointed by his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia, to transfer and deliver, and Brigadier General Lovell H. Rousseau of the United States army, appointed by Andrew Johnson, President of the United states, to receive, the territory ceded by his Imperial Majesty to the United States of America by treaty bearing date the thirtieth day (18–30) of March, A. D. eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, met at the town of New Archangel, in the territory above named, to fulfill our commission; and on the eighteenth (6–18) day of October, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty seven, at the governor’s house in that town, Captain Pestchouroff, as such commissioner, for and in the name of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia, formally transferred and delivered to Lovell H. Rousseau, as commissioner as aforesaid, who received the same for and on behalf of the United States, the territory, dominion, property, dependencies, and appurtenances, ceded to the United States of America by the treaty above referred to and as bounded and described in that treaty. The transfer was made under mutual salutes of artillery, the United States taking the lead, and in strict accordance with our instructions in that behalf. In pursuance of our respective instructions. Captain Pestchouroif, as such commissioner, also delivered to General Rousseau, as commissioner aforesaid, the government archives, papers, and documents relating to the territory and dominion above named, also the forts and public buildings, including the governor’s house, dock-yards, block-houses, barracks, batteries, hospital, wharves, and schools, in the town of New Archangel, an inventory of which, marked A, is attached hereto as part hereof. We left, as instructed, in the hands of the Greco-Russian church the church buildings, appurtenances, and parsonages to the same belonging, as shown and described in inventory marked B, attached hereto as part hereof. We gave certificates of ownership to the individual owners of private houses and of lots in fee simple in the town of New Archangel, as directed, a list of whose names is presented in inventory marked C, attached to and made part hereof. In inventory marked D, attached to and made part hereof, are shown the houses and buildings owned by private individuals in New Archangel, the owners thereof having no title in fee to the land on which they are situated. A map of the town of New Archangel is also attached as part hereof. The letters and numbers on the margins of the several inventories aforesaid correspond with those of the said plan of the town.
As we were unable to visit Kodiak personally, we took no action touching affairs there. The public property there is certified to by the governor of this Territory, in inventory E, attached and made part hereof, and the military authorities can take possession of the same at any time,
Inventory of the public property in the city of New Archangel, (Sitka,) delivered to the United States of America, General Lovell H. Rousseau, United States commissioner, by his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia, Captain Alexis Pestchouroff, Russian commissioner, on the 18th day of October, 1867, at New Archangel, (Sitka.) The letters and numbers on the margin correspond with those on the plan of the city attached to the protocol of the transfer, and show the situation of the buildings that they refer to.
|Letters or numbers on the plan.||Description.|
|A.||Battery No. 1.—Formed of a timber breast-wall and platform, situated at the water’s edge at the foot of the stairs leading to the governor’s house, and armed with five 12-pounder and five 18-pounder cast-iron guns.|
|B.||Battery No. 2.—Commonly called the Vraloskian battery, constructed of timber, situated by the Indian market place, and armed with six 12-pounder cast-iron carronades, and one 12-pounder cast-iron gun.|
|C.||Block-house No. 1.—Constructed of timber, situated by the church for the Indians, and armed with three 4-pounder cast-iron guns and one howitzer.|
|D.||Block-house No. 2.—Constructed of timber, situated by the Lutheran cemetery, and armed with three 6-pounder carronades of iron.|
|E.||Block-house No. 3.—Constructed of timber, situated by the artificial pond, and armed with three cast-iron carronades.|
|3||Subsistence storehouse of timber, in two compartments.|
|6||Three-storied timber barracks for the garrison troops.|
|7||Two-story timber building for office house.|
|8||Governor’s house, of timber, two stories high, with wooden staircase and platforms on the outside, outbuildings appertaining thereto, cellars, &c.|
|9||Wash and bath-house, of timber, appertaining to the governor’s house.|
|11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, and 23||Dock-yard, consisting of a ship slip, two workmen’s sheds, and shed for boiling pitch, coal store, sawing shed, two-storied boat-house, smithy, and steam-kiln, all of timber.|
|16||School building, of timber, with its appurtenances.|
|18||Market for the Indians, with a timber house attached.|
|20||An unfinished new timber building, for barracks.|
|61||A two-storied timber house, for officers’ lodgings.|
|76||An unfinished timber building, for a bath-house.|
|103||A double-storied timber building, for a hospital.|
|116 & 117||Two small wooden arbors in the public garden.|
|118||Powder magazine, of timber and earth.|
|121||Timber building for a school for the Indians, situated outside the palisade.|
|122||A small timber building on the Yaponsky island, used as a meteorological observatory.|
|123||A small timber house on the same island, for the observer.|
|A stone and timber wharf, with wooden stairs, for boat landing.|
|Public garden, with hot-beds, kitchen garden, &c.|
|Two small timber buildings, with two baths, situated at the mineral hot springs, 14 miles from the city.|
|Anchors and chains laid across the harbor for moving buoys.|
Remarks.—The wharf described above, as also the chains, anchors, buoys, &c., in the harbor, were constructed and placed there by the Russian-American Company for their private use, but are transferred to the United States on condition—1st, that when not used by the government the same may be used by the said company overall others free of charge; 2d, that the United States will pay a reasonable price for the chains, anchors, buoys, &c., aforesaid; and if they do not choose to do so, then the said company may take them away as their property.
Inventory of the property belonging to the Greco-Russian church in New Archangel, (Sitka,) with numbers and letters indicating the situation of buildings and lots of ground on the plan attached to the protocol of the transfer.
|Letters or numbers on the plan.||Description.|
|The Cathedral church of Saint Michael, built of timber, situated in the center of the city.|
|The Church of Resurrection, of timber, commonly called the Kaloshian church, situated near the battery No. 2, at the palisade separating the city from the Indian village.|
|102||A double-storied timber building, for bishop’s house, with outbuildings, appurtenances, and grounds.|
|35||A timber house, for church warden.|
|98||A timber house, for the deacon.|
|Three timber houses, with their appurtenances and outbuildings, for lodgings of priests.|
|Four lots of ground, belonging to the parsonages.|
|a.||The place commemorative of the old church.|
|Three cemeteries, two outside the palisades and one by the church of the Resurrection.|
List of the names of persons holding property in fee simple in the city of New Archangel, (Sitka,) who have been furnished with certificates of the same.
|Names and surnames.||Numbers on the plan of houses.||Names and surnames.||Numbers on the plan of houses.|
|Adolf Lindfors||26||Simon Sokolorff||108|
|William Ivanoff||28||Jacob Lavouline||109|
|Elizabeth Bollman||31||John Ponomarkoff||115|
|John Kilkousky||34||Michael Buldakoff||X|
|Nathalia Kashevaroff||45||Gabriel Lyloff||87b|
|Artemy Laventieff||49||Andrew Ziazeff||87a|
|John Kaistky||68||The congregation of the Lutheran church|
|Kusma Terentriaff||91||Bazil Pavloff||In Kodiak.|
|John Makaroff||106||John Peterson||69a|
|William Vickstrom||107||Mathew Ivanoff||IX|
Inventory of private property in the city of New Archangel, (Sitka,) with the numbers and letters indicating the situation of dwelling-houses, establishments, and lots of ground as marked on the plan of the city attached to the protocol of transfer.
|Description.||Letters or numbers on the plan.|
|Shop and storehouse||2|
|Tannery for furs||4|
|Dwelling house with out-building||5|
|Bakery, joiners’, and other shops||25|
|Dwelling house with out-building||28|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||34|
|Dwelling house with out-building||56|
|Saw-mill with a shed attached||74|
|Water flour-mill, with an out-building, dam, &c||77|
|Two old tannery sheds||78|
|Old bath building||80|
|Dwelling house with two out-buildings||82|
|Two dwelling houses adjoining each other||
|Two sheds for vegetables|
|Dwelling house with two out-buildings||91|
|Aleutian dwelling house||96|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||99|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||106|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||107|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||109|
|Dwelling house with out-buildings||115|
|Fish store with three out-buildings||119|
|Coal shed, wharf, and—||124|
|Three old hulks aground, occupied as stores||
|Floating steam sawing shop, aground||128|
|Hulk and movable bridge||129|
|Dwelling house and bowling alley||II & III|
|Lots of ground cultivated as vegetable gardens by the different citizens of the town||J|
Inventory of forts and public buildings on the island of Kodiak to be delivered to the United States government.
Flagstaff battery.—Constructed of timber, armed with four guns.
Battery No. 2.—Constructed of timber, armed with six guns, and situated at the northeast entrance of the harbor.[Page 484]
A timber house, for the governor of the place.
A timber building, for school.
A house for the surgeon.
A store shed.
The remainder of the buildings at Kodiak are private property, with the exception of those belonging to the Greco-Russian church.