Department of the Interior,
Washington, September 18, 1886.
Dr. John S. Billings,
Surgeon General’s Office.
In conversation with the Public Printer this morning, I learned that he does not purpose [sic, propose] reopening the question of the rejection of the Bell photo-lithographs which were intended to accompany Part 2 of the Census report on Mortality and Vital Statistics. I therefore desire to have an expression of your views as to whether it would be better to issue Volume 12 at once, without illustrations, or to ask the Public Printer to call for proposals in accordance with your original recommendation. In the latter case, the illustrations, 21 in number, might accompany the diagrams belonging to the report, and in either event, the report may be put upon the press at once and made ready for immediate distribution.
I shall be glad if you will address any recommendation you see fit to make, to the Secretary of the Interior.
Chief of Census Division
Answered Sept 18th/ 86