George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 21 June 1790

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department [New York] June 21st 1790.

The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor respectfully to submit to the President of the United states, for his approbation, the enclosed contract for timber, boards, Nails and workmanship, for a Beacon to be placed near the Light-house on Sandy-hook; the terms of which, he begs leave to observe, are, in his opinion favourable to the U. States.1


1The enclosed contract has not been found. The beacon on Sandy Hook was apparently destroyed in the storm that struck New York City on 25–26 Nov. 1789, causing considerable damage to shipping (New York Journal, 3 Dec. 1789; see also Thomas Randall and William Heyer to Alexander Hamilton, 1 Dec. 1789, Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 6:2). Hamilton reported the loss of the beacon and the need to replace it in January (see Hamilton to GW, 3 Jan. 1790). Tobias Lear replied on 21 June that GW “directs me to inform you, that he approves of the enclosed contract” (Lear to Hamilton, 21 June 17[90], DLC:GW; Lear erroneously dated this letter 21 June 1789).

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