To George Washington
Treasury Department, June 19, 1792. “The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President of the Ud. States a provisional Contract entered into between the Superintendent of the Delaware Lighthouse1 and Abraham Hargis2 for sinking a Well for the accomodation of that Light house.… The Secretary has delayed this communication under an impression that the allowance was excessive, and with a hope that something better might be done: but reputable workmen who have been consulted appear to be of opinion that the charge is not unreasonable, and no other person has been found disposed to undertake at a lower rate.…”
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Hargis was keeper of the Delaware lighthouse.