To Benjamin Lincoln
4 May 1791
Instructions relative to the collection of the Duties on Teas1 are now preparing, and will be very soon transmitted.
The papers relative to the Suffolk of Weymouth were returned some time since to the District Court of Massachusetts, as they were not in such form as to enable me legally to decide upon the case.2
I am, sir,
B Lincoln Esqr.
L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives.
1. “An Act making farther provision for the collection of the duties by law imposed on Teas, and to prolong the term of the payment of the Duties on Wines” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 219–21) had been passed on March 3, 1791.