Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, [10 October 1791]

From George Washington

[Mount Vernon, October 10, 1791]


Your letter of the 30th. September enclosing a Contract entered into by the Collector of Wilmington in North Carolina1 with James McStephens & Henry Toomer for the stakage of the shoals of Cape Fear river, I have duly received. As I approve of the Contract, I have transmitted the same with my approbation to the Collector of Wilmington.

I wrote to you from the head of Elk,2 informing you of my having made enquiries for a proper character to fill the Office of Supervisor of the District of Delaware, & that the weight of information which I collected, was in favor of one Andrew Barratt3 &c. Whether a commission was ever filled up for him, or what was done in the matter, you have not informed me. I now however, transmit to you a letter from the Hone. Jno: Clayton4 Esqr., by which it appears that no person has been appointed, & that he has recommended his son5 to you as a fit character to fill that office. I wish you to look into this business, and to let me know what, or whether anything has finally been done therein.

I am Sir,   Your Most hble Servt.

G: Washington

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1James Read.

3Barratt was appointed supervisor on November 7, 1791.

4Washington is referring to Joshua Clayton, president of Delaware.

5James Clayton.

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