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Petitioning the Federal Government
Secretary of Treasury's Report on the Petition of Stephen Moore
Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the Petition of Stephen Moore, June 3, 1790
(Courtesy of the National Archives)

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During the Revolutionary War the United States had fortified Stephen Moore's land at West Point on the Hudson River in New York. In May 1790 Moore petitioned for compensation. Here Alexander Hamilton reports favorably on the petition. On July 5 Washington signed an act authorizing the purchase of any or all of Moore's land for the purpose of national defense.

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Full text transcript of Hamilton's report.


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