Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs
April 16th. 1790.
I herewith enclose for your government an Act entitled “an Act to prevent the exportation of goods not duly inspected, according to the laws of the several States.”1
I observe that the 27th. and 28th. sections of the coasting act2 have by some of the Collecters of the Customs been so construed as to require, that all licensed vessels of the burthen of twenty tons and upwards bound to any port within their respective districts should obtain a permit to land their Cargoes previous to breaking bulk.
Upon due examination I am of opinion, that this is only required by the Law where vessels of the above description arrive at the particular port or place where the Collector or other Officer of the district actually resides: you will therefore govern yourself accordingly.
I am sensible that this indulgence is liable to abuses which may prove injurious to the Revenue, and must therefore recommend to you as strict an attention as possible to detect & defeat them.
I am Sir Your Obedt. servant
LS, to Charles Lee, Charles Lee Papers, Library of Congress; L[S], to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; LS, The Rutherford B. Hayes Library, Fremont, Ohio; LS, MS Division, New York Public Library; LS, Mrs. Joseph Carson, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; LS, Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, United States Finance Miscellany, Treasury Circulars, Library of Congress; copy, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives; LS, Montague Collection, MS Division, New York Public Library; copy (incomplete), Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.