From Joseph Whipple
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 28, 1792. “Herewith I enclose you an account of the expence of Supporting the Lighthouse for the Quarter ending the 31st. of Dec past.… I have no remarks to make on the Lighthouse respectg its repairs, but its construction does not admit of its being so usefull as the Situation of it requires. I enclose a Contract for supples & attendance on the Lighthouse for 6 Months ending the last day of June next for the purpose of its being laid before the president of the United States.”
LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives.