From Alexander Hamilton
Treasury Depart: [22 May 1793]1
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit to The President of the U: States a communication of the 18 of April, from the Commissioner of the Revenue;2 & respectfully submits it as his opinion—that the public service will be promoted by the acceptance of the resignation offered, and the appointment of the person recommended as a substitute.3
With regard to what concerns the Lighthouse at Montock Point, measures are taking towards a comparison of what has been done in other cases, to enable the President to take a collective view of the business.4
1. Although the letter-book copy reads “23d May 1793,” GW’s executive journal records that Hamilton sent this letter, and GW received it, on 22 May 1793 (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 146–47).
2. The letter from Tench Coxe to Hamilton has not been identified.
3. In February, GW had appointed Samuel Tredwell as the collector and inspector of revenue at the port of Edenton, N.C., and the inspector of revenue for the second survey in that state (GW to U.S. Senate, 18 Feb.). Tredwell now apparently wished to resign from his position in the second survey but retain his offices at Edenton. On 23 May, GW signed a commission for Hardy Murfree, the current surveyor of customs at Murfreesborough, N.C., as the inspector of revenue for the second survey (ibid., 147). GW sent Murfree’s appointment to the Senate on 27 Dec. 1793.
4. Despite congressional passage on 12 April 1792 of an act authorizing the erection of a lighthouse at Montauk Point on Long Island, N.Y, a jurisdictional dispute between New York and the federal government delayed construction until the passage of another act on 2 Mar. 1795 (1 Stat., description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 251, 426). For the roles played by GW, Hamilton, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph in the effort to build this lighthouse, see JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 70, 72, n.1. See also Jefferson to GW, 25 Feb. (second letter), n.2.