Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Benjamin Williams, 8 May 1794

From Benjamin Williams1

[Philadelphia] May 8, 1794. “The Act for the erection of a Light House and Lighted Beacon on Hatteras & Shell Castle Island having passed in Congress,2 representing as I do the District in which these Lights are to be erected, I take the liberty to name to you Mr. Adam Gasgin a suitable Person for the keeping the Light House, this Gentleman lives near the place, is a Representative of Carteret County in the Legislature of N Carolina & a Man of unquestionable integrity.”3

LS, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “A,” Pennsylvania and Southern States, National Archives.

1Williams was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina from 1793 to 1795.

2“An Act to erect a lighthouse on the headland of Cape Hatteras; and a lighted Beacon on Shell Castle Island in the harbor of Occacock in the state of North Carolina” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 368 [May 13 1794]). See also “Report on the Petition of Richard Wade and Others,” March 17, 1794.

3H endorsed this letter: “To be sent to Mr Coxe.” Under H’s note Tench Coxe wrote: “Mr. Allibone will note this Application—T C.” William Allibone was superintendent of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers for Philadelphia, Cape Henlopen, and Delaware Bay.

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