Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Tobias Lear, 18 October 1792

To Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 18th. October 1792.

Dr. Sir,

Before a final step is taken respecting a Keeper of the Virginia Lighthouse,1 I wish it to be known to The President (what I did not advert to yesterday) that Mr. Cornick2 was appointed by Colo. Newton3 to oversee the building of a Lighthouse, for which he will receive a quantum meruit. This is a circumstance in his favour tho’ a very slight one, and such as may be overruled by any other consideration. Propriety, however, requires that it should be brought into the President’s view. If I hear nothing to the contrary to day, the letter to Mr. Lewis will go.4


A: Hamilton

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

2Lemuel Cornick. See Tench Coxe to H, October 17, 1792.

3Thomas Newton, Jr.

4William Lewis. See Lear to H, October 13, 1792.

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