Treasury Department Circular to the
Collectors of the Customs
New York October 1st. 1789
The United States in Congress having by their Act of the 7th. of August last1 Ordained “That all expences for the necessary support and maintenance of Light-houses, Beacons, Buoys &ca. within any Port or Harbour of the United States, should after the 15th. of August last, be defrayed out of the Treasury of the United States”; You will be pleased to transmit forthwith to this Office, as particular an Account as will be consistent with dispatch, of the nature and annual expences which may attend any establishment as above described at the port where you Act; under whose superintendance it is at present; and whether this person, or any other, whom you would undertake to recommend, is well qualified for the Business.
I am Sir Your Obedient Humble Servant
Secy of the Treasury
LS, to Jedediah Huntington, MS Division, New York Public Library; LS, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters and Papers re Lighthouses, Buoys, and Piers, 1789–1819, Vol. 1, National Archives; LS, to Otho H. Williams, Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, to Otho H. Williams, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives.