From Ebenezer Stevens
New York, 9 Aug. 1791. He asks pardon for writing, but does so knowing TJ to be “a friend to Mechanical Operations.”—He assisted Capt. John Stone in making the model of the Charles River Bridge, now in TJ’s office. He supposes Stone’s exclusive right died with him. Had he lived, he would have assisted Stevens in building two bridges in New Jersey “over first and second Rivers, between New Ark” and New York. Not having a copy of the plan, he asks TJ to let one of his clerks send it to him “and every Care shall be taken of it and Returnd Safe.”—The President, Col. Hamilton, or Gen. Knox can give TJ his “Character if required.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Aug. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.
Stevens (1752–1823) was a merchant whom Henry Knox appointed as agent for the War Department in 1794 to oversee the fortification of New York harbor (Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–1979, 26 vols. description ends , xxi, 475–6. See also Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr [Princeton, 1983], i, 347–50).