George Washington Papers

William W. Morris to David Humphreys, 20 April 1790

William W. Morris to David Humphreys

New York April 20th 1790


I am directed by the Secretary of the Treasury, to request that you will inform him, whether any of the States, have transmitted to the President of the United States, Acts, ceding Territory for the erection of Light houses upon—If any, what particular States.1 I am Sir with Sentiments of the greatest respect your humble Servant

Wm W. Morris.


For an identification of William Walton Morris, see Morris to GW, 12 May 1789. Morris had applied unsuccessfully for the post of geographer of the United States and marshal of New York. He may have been working temporarily in the Treasury Department in early 1790.

1On 20 April Humphreys replied to Morris’s letter: “The President of the United States has gone to Long Island; upon having recourse to his public papers, I believe that all the Acts which have been received from particular States have been communicated to Congress, and are deposited in the Office of the Secretary of State; where you will, I presume, be able to obtain all the necessary information on the subject of enquiry” (DLC:GW). GW had left New York for a five-day tour of Long Island early on the morning of Tuesday, 20 April. For his account of his journey, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:63–67.

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