From Tench Coxe
R: O: December the 18. 1793
I have the honor to enclose for the purpose of submission to the President another contract for the Stakeage of News River1 in lieu of that which was annulled on account of the unexplained increase of the consideration money 125 dolls by the Presidents disapprobation of the 26th of August last.2 This contract it will be perceived is for less than three fifths of that sum and it is above one third lower than that for the Current year.3
I have the honor to be with great respect Sr. Yr. most Obedt. Servt
Commissr of the Revenue
The Secy of the Treasury
LC, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters, Vol. I, National Archives.
1. The Neuse River is located in eastern North Carolina.
3. This contract was with John Bragg and Richard Wade for “the stakeage of Neuse River to Newbern, for one year, from the first day of January 1794 at the sum of seventy two dollars” (Coxe to Nathan Keais, December 31, 1793 [LC, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters, Vol. I, National Archives]). Washington approved the contract on December 25, 1793 (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 256).