From Oliver Wolcott, Junior
11th: August 1791.
On examining the Accounts of Daniel Benezet, Collector of the Customs, for the district of Great-Egg-harbour,1 from the 1st: of January to the 31st. of March last; it appears, that he has collected duties on American Coasting Vessells, under 20 Tons burthen, at the rate of Six Cents per Ton, per annum, to the amount of one dollar & Eighty six Cents.
As the Collection of those duties, seems to have been made, contrary to the intent of your circular Letter to the Collectors, of 20th. November 1789,2 I take the liberty of submitting the circumstance to your consideration.
I am &ca:
O: W: Jr:
LC, RG 217, First Comptroller’s Office, Revenue Letters Sent (Customs), National Archives.
1. Great Egg Harbor is in New Jersey.
2. No circular of this date on this subject has been found. Wolcott may be referring to “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” December 23, 1789.