George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 22 March 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasy Departmt 22nd March 1793

The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully submits to The President of the U. States a Communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue, of the 18th instant; concerning certain proposals for the maintenance and repairs of Buoys moored at & near the entrance of Charlestown Bay in South Carolina.1

The most favourable of the two offers, that of William Beedom, appears to the Secretary high; yet as a different conclusion is the result of the best lights at present to be had, it is submitted as adviseable to accept the offer. The contract being made only for one year, a more careful examination can be had in the mean time for future government. It seems expedient, as suggested by the Commissioner, to confine the agreement to the buoys already moored.2

Another Communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue respecting a Clerical mistake in a late Act of the President concerning the revenue district of North Carolina is submitted; in order to his signature, if he shall see no impropriety in it.3

A. Hamilton.
Secy of the Treasy


1Tench Coxe’s letter to Hamilton of 18 Mar. has not been identified.

2William Beedom’s proposal for the repair of buoys in Charleston harbor is dated 11 Feb. 1793, but the second offer has not been identified (IlLinCMM). When GW approved Beedom’s contract on 23 Mar., he added the following note on it: “The proposals on the other side appear to me to be high—notwithstanding as they are the best that have been offered—I think they ought to be accepted.”

3Hamilton is referring to GW’s executive order of 22 January. The enclosed correction for GW’s signature has not been found, and Coxe’s letter to Hamilton concerning the clerical error has not been identified.

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