Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Daves, 13 December 1790

To John Daves

Treasury Department, December 13, 1790. “I learn from your letter of the 7th. of October,1 that you have sent for a set of Scales & Weights, and that you have determined to rent a store for the Public Use, as also to build a scale house. Some of these things you will perceive by consulting the Acts of Congress cannot be lawfully done without Permission first obtained. Before I authorize you to charge them to the United States, I wish to know, what will be the Cost of the scales & weights, the rent and size of the store and the expence of building the Scale-house. This latter building must be erected on some lot, the nature of the tenure of which I request you to explain.…”

Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at New Bern, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1Letter not found.

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