From Benjamin Lincoln
Boston, September 23, 1790. “The repair of the Light-Houses on Plumb Island are now finished & the accounts have been presented for settlement; they correspond with the agreement I made saving the Painter’s bill—that I reported to you would be seven pounds fourteen shillings: the painters have charged sixteen pounds odd; the mistake arises in this way; they estimated the expence of painting it once over; that was found insufficient they therefore painted it twice over.…”
LS, 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.