Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, 4 October 1790

To Benjamin Lincoln

Treasury Department, October 4, 1790. “It being necessary that I should prceed according to the directions of the Legislature to complete the Light house at Portland in the Province of Maine, I find the remote situation of the place will render your assistance requisite on the occasion. Enclosed you will find the Act of Congress which must limit your disbursements.1 I wish this business to be well executed in a way corresponding and that no time may be lost. If it is possible to compleat the work this season it is very desirable that it be done.…”

LS, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters and Papers re Lighthouses, Buoys, and Piers, 1789–1819, Vol. 4, National Archives; LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1“An Act authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to finish the Lighthouse on Portland Head, in the District of Maine” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 184 [August 10, 1790]). This act limited expenditure on the lighthouse to fifteen hundred dollars.

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