Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 19 June 1792

To George Washington

Treasury Department, June 19, 1792. “The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President of the Ud. States a provisional Contract entered into between the Superintendent of the Delaware Lighthouse1 and Abraham Hargis2 for sinking a Well for the accomodation of that Light house.… The Secretary has delayed this communication under an impression that the allowance was excessive, and with a hope that something better might be done: but reputable workmen who have been consulted appear to be of opinion that the charge is not unreasonable, and no other person has been found disposed to undertake at a lower rate.…”

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1William Allibone. See Tench Coxe to H, May 28, 1792.

2Hargis was keeper of the Delaware lighthouse.

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