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To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 5 July 1794

From Tench Coxe1

T. D. R. O. July 5. 1794.

Mr. Coxe has the pleasure to enclose the papers desired by the secretary of the Treasury.2 He is apprehensive that the copying and comparing all the papers he writes in pursuance of the Treasury Agency for the war department will be found impracticable, considering the other business of the Clerks.

Mr. Coxe’s letter to Mr. White about Mr. Zane’s Iron works,3 had gone before the receipt of the Secretary’s letter.

When Mr. Coxe was informed that the Secretary’s letter had gone to London4 without including the anchors he transmitted a great number of notes of enquiry of which he sends a copy. It was the opinion of the captains, of Mr. Allibone5 & others, that the extreme difficulty of making good anchors of so large a size, and the great importance of them, recommended the importation. On this ground they were suggested in the note for importation. The quanty of Anchors wanted is near 70 Tons.

LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see Henry Knox to H, March 29, April 21, 1794; H to Coxe, April 4, 1794.

2Letter not found.

5William Allibone was superintendent of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, public piers, and stakage for Philadelphia, Cape Henlopen, and Delaware Bay.

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