George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 23 February 1792

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department, Philadelphia, 23 Feb. 1792. Submits a contract made by the superintendent of the New Castle Island lighthouse in New Hampshire with Titus Salter for supplying, keeping, lighting, and superintending the occasional repairs of that building and humbly opines that it is not disadvantageous to the United States, as its terms are the same as those in the last agreement for the same supplies and services.1


1The enclosed contract, signed and dated on 1 Jan. 1792 by Joseph Whipple, federal collector for Portsmouth, N.H., and Titus Salter, commander of Fort William on New Castle Island in Portsmouth Harbor, bears the signed notation in GW’s writing: “Approved February the 24th 1792” (DNA:RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, “Segregated” Lighthouse Records). Tobias Lear returned the approved contract to Alexander Hamilton on 24 Feb. (DLC:GW).

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