George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 10 July 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department July 10—1794.

The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully submits to the President of the U. States a Communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue of yesterday, transmitting a provisional contract for oil for the use of the Light houses1—with his opinion that a ratification of the contract will consist with the interest of the United States.

A. Hamilton.


1Tench Coxe’s letter to Hamilton of 9 July explained that he had decided to "secure" a "copious supply" of oil, because of the effects of the European war on the whaling industry. The enclosed contract was the lowest offered (RG 26, Lighthouse Letters; see also Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 16:582). On 14 July, GW approved the contract of 6 June with Moses M. Hayes and John Coffin Jones of Boston (DNA: RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, 1790–1812).

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