Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Ebenezer Stevens, 1 December 1794

From Ebenezer Stevens1

New York 1 December 1794

Dear Sir,

I will thank You to direct John Lamb2 Esqr to make me a further advance on account of the United States for fortifying the Harbour of New York. I have vouchers for the whole amount of the appropriation made by Congress and will forward them to the proper office agreeable to Your written instructions to Mr Lamb under date of the 13. of April last.3 I wish to be informed whether the Chief Engineer4 and his assistants Salaries are to come out of the above appropriation or not.

I am   Very truly Yours

Ebenezer Stevens

Copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1Stevens was “Agent for erecting the Fortifications at New York” (DS, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 6749, National Archives). For information concerning the fortifications, see Henry Knox to H, March 29, 1794.

2Lamb was collector of customs for New York City.

3“Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” April 3–June 4, 1794.

Stevens’s accounts with the United States for the fortification of New York may be found in RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account Nos. 6749, 7058, 7061, National Archives.

4Charles Vincent.

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