Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Whipple, 14 June 1790

From Joseph Whipple

Portsmo. New Hamp. June 14, 1790


I am favourd with your letter of the 1st. Instant ⟨wh⟩ich mentions a “copy of the Act for the establishment of Light houses, Beacons, Buoys & public piers”1 to be therewith Sent. This act was omitted to be enclosed with your letter & as I conceive a knowledge of its contents essential to my understanding perfectly the business which is required by it, I shall only observe at present that the Legislature of this State at their last Session thought proper to postpone the decision on a motion for the Cession of Fort Wm. & Mary & the Light house2 to the United States. This matter will probably be taken up at the Session now holding at Concord as was intended at the time of postponement. I am informed that the care & support of the Fort & Lighthouse was let out by Contract for a limittd time which will not terminate till Sometime after the 15th of Augst next. The establishment of Soldiery previous to this Contract was withdrawn.

Inclosed herewith is a Weekly Return of monies recd. and paid in this district for the Week past.

I have the hon⟨our to be,⟩ &c

LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.

11 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 53–54 (August 7, 1789).

2The fort and lighthouse were in Portsmouth harbor.

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