To Benjamin Lincoln
Treasury Department Sept 22d 1791
A certificate of Registry No 16, granted by you, for the Ship Lucretia, has been delivered up, at the Port of Newbern in north Carolina, and returned to this officer by the Collector of that port.1
Inclosed you will receive part of the certificate,2 containing the official Seals and signatures of yourself and the naval Officer;3 which is transmitted to you, in order that the Bond given agreeable to law, may be allowed to be cancelled.4
I am sir Your obedt Servt
Benj Lincoln Esqr
LS, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1790–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.
1. John Daves.
2. This reads as follows: “Register No 16—January 14th 1790 Ship Lucretia, John Callahan master, succeeded by Erasmus Thomson, master and afterwards commanded again by sd Callahan, first & last owner the said John Callahan, built at Boston in Massachusetts” (D, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1790–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives).
3. James Lovell.
4. This was in conformity with Sections 10 and 11 of “An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 57–58 [September 1, 1789]).