George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 4 November 1790

To Alexander Hamilton

Mount Vernon Novr 4th 1790.


I have received your letter of the 28th ultimo—The measures which you have taken to forward the building and equipment of the revenue Cutters,1 and to procure information respecting proper characters to be appointed inferior Officers, meet my approbation.

You will please to inform Captain Law of his appointment, and furnish him with instructions similar to those you have given to the other Commanders.2 I am, Sir, Your most Obt Servant

Go: Washington

P.S. Captain Taylor declines his appointment & I am not informed of a person qualified to receive it.3


1For the background to the ten revenue cutters authorized by the 4 Aug. 1790 Collection Act, see Hamilton to GW, 10 Sept. 1790, n.1.

2For Richard Law’s appointment to the command of the Connecticut cutter, see Hamilton to GW, 29 Sept. 1790, n.3, and 8 and 28 Oct. 1790, GW to Hamilton, 6 Oct. 1790.

3Richard Taylor later rescinded his declination (see GW to Hamilton, 20 Sept. 1790, n.4, and 8 Nov. 1790).

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