Alexander Hamilton Papers

Articles of Agreement between Alexander Hamilton and Samuel Breck, 1 January 1795

Articles of Agreement between Alexander Hamilton
and Samuel Breck1

Treasury Department, January 1, 1795. “Articles of agreement between Alexander Hamilton … And Samuel Breck Esquire of the City of Philadelphia in behalf of the Proprietors of the Canvas or Sail cloth Manufactory at Boston…. First That the United States agree to purchase of the said company of Manufacturers … One thousand five hundred and fifty four bolts of Sail canvas or sail cloth…. Secondly that the said Canvas or sail cloth shall be delivered at the town of Boston in Massachusetts to the person or persons appointed to receive the same….”2

DS, partly in H’s handwriting, signed by H and Samuel Breck, Library Company of Philadelphia.

1Breck, formerly a resident of Boston, was a Philadelphia merchant. For background to this letter, see Breck to H, September 3, 1791, and Tench Coxe to H, December 22, 1794, note 31.

2The sailcloth was to be purchased for the ships authorized by “An Act to provide a Naval Armament” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 350–51 [March 27, 1794]).

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