George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 21 November 1791

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department, Philadelphia, 21 Nov. 1791. Submits two contracts: one between the collector of New London, Conn., and Nathaniel Richards for supplying the lighthouses in that district for one year, to end on 1 Oct. 1792, the terms of which were somewhat more favorable than those of the preceding year; and another between the collector of New London and the keeper of the lighthouse there, “which being as low as that for the preceding year & being among the most moderate of those compensations, the Secretary does not perceive any ground of exception against it.”1


1A note at the bottom of the page states that GW approved on 23 Nov. both contracts signed by collector Jedediah Huntington, copies of which are in DNA: RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, Vol. A, 23–24. Daniel Harris was the keeper of the lighthouse at New London. On 22 Nov. Alexander Hamilton submitted to GW a contract made on 1 July by the collector of Portsmouth, N.H., Joseph Whipple, with Titus Salter for keeping and supplying the lighthouses at the mouth of that harbor for six months, noting: “The conditions of it are the same as those of the preceding Contract, provided the supply be made in Hake oil, & the extra expence of Sperm a ceti Oil, if it should be found necessary, does not appear liable to exception.” According to a clerical notation on the letter-book copy, GW approved this contract, too, on 23 Nov. (DLC:GW). A copy of it is in DNA: RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, vol. A, 6–7.

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