Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Walker, 30 July 1792

To Benjamin Walker

Philadelphia July 30. 1792

Dear Walker

This will be delivered to you by Mr. Pearce.1 A Vessel has gone round to New York with the Machinery &c. prepared for the Society;2 the freight will be to be paid and the passages of some workmen Eight or ten, who were with him & who will be immediately necessary in the further construction of Machines &c. Their passage money also will be to be paid. The freight by agreement is 6d. per foot square—the passage money a dollar per head. Inclosed is a bill of Lading.


A Hamilton

Benjamin Walker Esq

ALS, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1William Pearce, an employee of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures. See “Account with John Nixon,” July 23, 1792.

2These payments were to be made by Walker under a resolution of July 6, 1792, of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures. This resolution reads as follows: “Resolved, That such temporary Sheds as may be necessary be immediately erected and the Machinery and other property of the Society be transported to the Seat of the Factory, and that for effecting the said purpose a sum not exceeding one Thousand Dollars be appropriated” (“Minutes of the S.U.M.,” description begins MS minutes of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, City of Paterson, New Jersey, Plant Management Commission, Successors to the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures. description ends 48). Walker endorsed this letter as follows: “Fred Bird Acco & Rect. 69.33 Manug Society.”

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