Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs
May 17th. 1790
It appears probable that the public interests would be promoted by my receiving the earliest information when breaches of the Revenue Laws take place. I therefore request; that whenever a seizure shall be made within the sphere of your duty, you will transmit me by the first opportunity an account of the transaction, containing such particulars as will enable me fully to understand the case.
I am Sir Your Obedt Servt
LS, to Charles Lee, Charles Lee Papers, Library of Congress; copy, to Sharp Delany, Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, Circulars, 1789–1816, Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; LS, to Otho H. Williams, Columbia University Libraries; LS, MS Division, New York Public Library; L[S], Tioga Point Museum, Athens, Pennsylvania; copy, United States Finance Miscellany, Treasury Circulars, Library of Congress; RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives.