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From Alexander Hamilton to Tobias Lear, 22 June 1792

To Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] June 22, 1792. Encloses “a letter from Mr. Alibone,1 which contains some explanations respecting the Well at Cape Henelopen.”

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1William Allibone was superintendent of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, public piers, and stakage for Cape Henlopen and Delaware.

On May 25, 1792, Allibone wrote to Tench Coxe: “Agreeably to your Instructions, I have herein enclosed a Contract with Abraham Hargis for Sinking and Building a Well for the use of the Light House upon Cape Henlopen having Reference to an estimate accompanying the same. The Original one which had been Exhibited to you, having in some small Instances been Reduced, and the present one corrected, I have also taken a Bond with one Sufficient Security in the Penal sum of Six hundred Dollars for the Performance thereof.

“The necessity of the case requiring that Mr Hargis Should proceed Imediately to the Business without waiting for the formality required by Law, You will be pleased to have the same presented to the president of the United States for Ratification as soon as may be Convenient.” (ALS, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Pennsylvania and Southern States, National Archives.)

See H to George Washington, June 19, 1792.

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