Treasury Department Circular to the
Collectors of the Customs
New York Septemr. 14th 1789.
The exigencies of Government require that I should without delay be informed of the amount of the Duties which have accrued in the several States, and of the Monies which have been already received in payment of them, and the periods at which the remainder will fall due. In this absolute precision is not expected, but a General Statement accurate enough in the main to be relied on. I request your answer as speedily as possible and am, Sir, Your Obedt. servant
LS, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1818, Vol. 5, National Archives; L[S], to Otho H. Williams, Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, to Otho Williams, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives; LS, to Sharp Delany, sold at Anderson Galleries, November 29, 1927, Lot 422.