Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, 20 November 1789

To Benjamin Lincoln

Treasury Department
November 20th. 1789


Inclosed are copies of two letters, one Circular to the several Collectors of your State,1 yourself excepted; the other to the Directors of the Bank of Massachusetts.2

You will perceive the intimation I have given respecting yourself. It is my wish to have an eye on the spot to attend to the operations of the Bank, ⟨in order that the meas⟩ure3 now adopted may be continued ⟨or discontinued, as co⟩nsiderations of safety shall ⟨dictate. My own sit⟩uation with regard to Philadelphia and New York answers this end; but I am too far distant from Boston to have it in my power to pay the same attention there. This hint you will of course perceive to be confidential and designed only for yourself.

Should you therefore at any time perceive it to be unsafe to continue the receipt of the Notes of the Bank of Massachusets or to make that Bank the depository of the public Monies received in your State, I authorize you not only to discontinue the receipt yourself but as from me to countermand that receipt at, and also the proposed remittance of the Monies received, from, the other ports.

This discretion I confide in you from the intire confidence I have in your prudence and judgement.

I am Sir, Your Obedt. Servant

Benjamin Lincoln Esqr.
Collector of the Customs for Boston, &ca.

L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1772–1818, Vol. 6, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

3All material within broken brackets in this letter has been taken from a copy in the National Archives.

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