George Clinton Autographed Signed Letter
Manuscript Collection 423

Collection Description

Autographed letter signed by George Clinton, Governor of New York.
Dated February 21, 1793; written from New York.
Docketed on verso by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State: "Clinton Govr. N. York Feb 21, 93 recd. Feb 25."
Dimensions: 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Acquired from Alexander Autographs in November 2008.
Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives in February 2009.

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Historical Context

In this letter, George Clinton, the first Governor of New York writes to his friend Thomas Jefferson, the man whom would later be elected as Vice President, in regard to the transfer of land in Montauk, Long Island, New York to the United States of America. The Second United States Congress under president George Washington subsequently appropriated $20,000 on March 2, 1793 to build a lighthouse in Montauk. Construction of the lighthouse located on Turtle Hill began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. With New York State through Governor Clinton "ceding the Jurisdiction of certain Lands on Montauck Point" to the infant United States, the establishment of one of the nation's earliest historic national monuments was made possible.


New York 21st Feb 1793


I have the honor to transmit you
(herewith enclosed) an Exemplification of an Act of the
Legislature of this State ceding the Jurisdiction of certain
Lands on Montauck Point to the United States of America
for the Purposes in the said Act mentioned to be
with the highest respect.

Obedient Servant
Geo Clinton

The Honorable
Thomas Jefferson Esq
Secretary of State