From Benjamin Lincoln
Boston, April 6, 1790. “I have just now had with me Mr. Thomas,1 son of the late General Thomas, whose Mother has the care of Light house at Plymouth.2 When she was first appointed to that trust he was a minor otherwise he probably would have had the appointment himself. He is a Young Gentleman of a good character and I think is a fair candidate for the appointment under the United States. I have received a return from … the keeper of the light in Boston harbour & from … the keeper of the light at Cape Ann. They accept with gratitude thier appointments under the United States.… I am forming a contract for Oyl, to the 15th of August next … as soon as I can close the Matter I will lay it before you four your approbation or rejection.…”
ALS, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “B,” New Hampshire and Massachusetts, National Archives; LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letter Book, 1790–1797, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Boston, National Archives.
1. John Thomas.