National Geographic : 1913 Jan
"2. do. Boston Bay, 266 2/3 doll. "3. do. Plymouth, 200 doll. "4. do. Portland Head, 16o doll. "5. do. Conanicut, 16o doll. "6. do. New London, 120 doll. "7. do. Sandy Hook, 266 2/3 doll. "To commence from the 1st day of the present Month. "The President thinks it proper that the Keeper of the Light House at Portsmouth be informed, that he must reside on the spot where the Light House is, if he continues in that office, and that he will not be permitted to employ a deputy to take care of the Light House, unless upon some special occasion. "TOBIAS LEAR, "Secretary to the Presi dent of the United States." The Commissioner of the Revenue in 1797 writes to the Secretary of the Treasury regard ing salaries of keepers: LANDING THE RELIEF AT THE EDDYSTONE "In the case of Major The keepers in turn are allowed shore liberty. It is often there are the ad- difficult to land at a wave-swept lighthouse vantages of plenty of fuel, without expense, upon the public land, the opportunity to fish for his fam ily use, or even for sale, a boat to fish in will be furnished for passing to the main, there is a little land for tillage and grass, and for a plentiful garden. The place is represented to be very healthy. . . . I have been thus particular because the salaries of keepers appear to have been subjected to some miscalculation on their parts from the unnecessary degree of former standing, which some of the can didates have had. It is plain at first view, that the above duties are not in their nature adapted to the standing of a field officer, or of a Major of Brigade." A recommendation of a person for appointment as keeper in 1809 stated that the applicant "being by occupation a mason will engage to keep the Light House white washed, should he receive the appoinment, free from any expense to the Government as long as he is its Keeper." THE PETITIONS OE EBENEZER SKIFF, KEEPER OF GAY HEAD LIGHTHOUSE The keeper of Gayhead lighthouse in 1805 made this petition for an increase of salary: "Gayhead, October 25, 1805. "SIR: Clay and Oker of different col ours from which this place derived its name ascend in a Sheet of wind pened by the high Clifts and catch on the light House Glass, which often requires clean ing on the outside-tedious service in cold weather, and additional to what is necessary in any other part of the Mas sachusetts.