To Jeremiah Wadsworth1
[New York, October 9–15, 1789]
Col Hamilton requests Col Wadsworth as often as convenient to make inquiry and take minutes of the circumstances relating to the navigation of different nations—the construction and quality of their ships with respect to bulk duration and expedition—the expence of materials construction & equipment—the number of men with which they are navigated—the wages to the seamen, subsistence &c., so as to form a general idea of the comparitive advantages for navigation between this and other countries.
ALS, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.
1. Although this letter is undated, H wrote similar letters to Stephen Higginson on October 9, 1789, and to William Bingham and to John Fitzgerald on October 10, 1789 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , V, 432, 432–33, 433, 466–71). See also “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” October 15, 1789 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , V, 446–47).