Inspectors and Measurers of Lumber, 1822, Job Description

It is the duty of these to inspect and measure all lumber offered for sale within the jurisdiction of the corporation of Washington ; to mark its contents, decide its quality, and to condemn all which is not merchantable, by marking a cross thereon.

Inspectors and measurers are prohibited from purchasing any lumber, except for their own use, on pain of forfeiting their office. Their compensation is thirty cents per thousand feet, for measuring boards, planks, or scantling , and for inspecting shingles, and laths, twenty cents per thousand for tho formar, and ten for the latter—one half to be paid by the purchaser, and the other by the seller.

Reference
"Corporation Officers," The Washington Directory showing the Name, Occupation, and Residence, of each Head of a Family and Person in Business, Washington, D. C., December, 1822, page 107-108.

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