George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 5 December 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasy Dept Decr 5. 1794.

The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President a letter from the Commissioner of the Revenue of the 3d instant respecting the Stakage of Pamplico & Matchapungo rivers &c. The present offer appears admissible. If the President thinks so—his approbation noted on the letter of the Commissioner of the revenue, will put the business in execution.1

A. Hamilton


1Tench Coxe’s letter to Hamilton of 3 Dec. reads: “In consequence of a second experiment to provide for the stakeage of Pamplico and Matchapungo Rivers, and the Navigable Creeks to the Town of Washington—The former proposer Green Parker has reduced his terms from 100 to 79 Dollars. The letter of advice is this day received, but the contract has not been transmitted. I beg the favor of your obtaining the pleasure of the President upon the proposal” (DNA: RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, 1790–1812). On 8 Dec., GW wrote on Coxe’s letter, “The reduced terms, as mentioned within are approved” (ADS, Charles Hamilton Galleries, Inc., Auction 57, 20 April 1972, item 357; LB, DNA: RG 26, Lighthouse Deeds and Contracts, 1790–1812), and his approval was noted in his journal of proceedings for that date (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 322).

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