To Benjamin Lincoln
Treasury Department feby 4th. 1790.
I have received the report of the Collector, Naval Officer and Surveyor of the Port of Boston & Charlestown.1
As some little delay may attend the process of obtaining relief, I would advise that the Vessel and Cargo be released, upon competent Security being given to pay their value, in case the forfeiture be not remitted.2
I am, Sir
Benjamin Lincoln Esquire
Collector for the Port of Boston &c Massachusetts.
L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1818, Vol. 5, 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.
1. Thomas Melville (or Melvill) was surveyor and James Lovell naval officer of the port of Boston and Charlestown.
2. The endorsement reads “From Mr. Hamilton upon Saddler.” See “Report on the Petition of Christopher Saddler,” January 19, 1790, and H to Lincoln, January 20, 1790.