George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 2 May 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

[Philadelphia] 2d May 1793.

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & encloses for his consideration a letter from the Commissioner of the Revenue on the subject of a Keeper of the Lt House for Cape Henlopen.1


1The letter from Tench Coxe to Hamilton has not been identified. According to GW’s executive journal, Coxe’s letter reported that Lemuel Cornick, the lighthouse keeper at Cape Henry, not Cape Henlopen, had resigned. Consequently, Hamilton had temporarily replaced him with Laban Geoffigan, “till the president’s pleasure could be known” (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 125). Tobias Lear wrote Hamilton on 3 May that GW “approves the appointment of Laban Goffigan” (DNA: RG 26, Early Lighthouse Letters Relating to Cape Henry Light in Virginia).

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