Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Tobias Lear, 18 February 1793

From Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] Monday 18 febry. 1793.

Dear Sir,

The President does not recollect the name of the person mentioned to succeed the Collector of Edenton (N:C.)1 and wishes you to send it. Is it intended that the person mentioned should be appointed Inspector of Survey No. 2. which office was held by the Collector of Edenton? Inspector of the Port he will be of course. Is William Munson to be appointed Inspector as well as Surveyor of the Port of New Haven? And if so, how is the matter to be settled with the Collector,2 who has heretofore held the Office of Inspector?3

The President is desirous that the nominations should go to the Senate today, which is the cause of my giving you this trouble. I call’d at your House & Office to mention these matters; but had not the pleasure to find you at either.

I am &c.

Tos: Lear
S. P U S

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1Thomas Benbury, collector of customs at Edenton, had died.

2Jonathan Fitch.

3At the bottom of this letter the following note is written: “Note—In answer to the above the Secretary of the Treasury returned that Saml. Tredwell (now Deputy Collector) is to succeed the Collector of Edenton. If Benbury was appointed Inspector of Survey No. 2. by the last arrangement of all, Tredwell is to be appointed also. Wm. Munson is to be Inspector & Surveyor of Nw. Haven. The Collector, who has heretofore held the office of Inspector, has been written to on the score of it’s being a general arrangement.”

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