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From Alexander Hamilton to Henry Knox, 7 July 1794

To Henry Knox1

[Philadelphia] July 7, 1794. “The Congress of the United States having … appropriated a further Sum of Thirty Thousand dollars2 in addition to the Seventy Six Thousand dollars heretofore granted for the purpose of fortifying certain ports and Harbours in the United States3 … I have to request you will be pleased to furnish me as soon as convenient with a Memorandum of the manner in which the said Sum … is to be apportioned among the several ports and Harbours.…”

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Secretary of War, Third Congress, National Archives.

1A copy of this letter was enclosed in a report which Knox submitted to Congress on December 19, 1794. The report is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Military Affairs, I, 71–107.

2“An Act making appropriations for certain purposes therein expressed” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 394 [June 9, 1794]).

3“An Act making appropriations for the support of the Military establishment of the United States, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 346–47 [March 21, 1794]); “An Act supplementary to ‘An act to provide for the Defence of certain Ports and Harbors in the United States’” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 367 [May 9, 1794]).

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