From Benjamin Lincoln1
Boston Jany 17th 1792
By the inclosed memorandum you will see the state of the imports into this district from Island of Hispaniole from the first of august 1790 to the end of that year and the state of the imports from the same Island from the first day of August 1791 to first Jany 1792 have not yet felt so sensibly as I expected we had the consequences of the disorders in that Island.2
From a suggestion given, when last in your office, that as there would be in April a large demand for interest due on monies loaned to the United States by the inhabitants of this you should not at present draw on me I think it therefore my duty thus early to mention to you that there is not the least prospect that the ballance in my hands will be augmented in any other way than by the receipt of the Bank notes of the United States. There are such a flood of them now here that they are bought up at a depreciated value by the Gentlemen indebted to us for the payment of their bonds.
Emptyed rum hogs~, when the certificate can be had with them, are in great demand.
Secy of the Treasury
LC, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston; LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letter Book, 1790–1797, National Archives; two copies, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Boston, National Archives.
1. Lincoln was collector of customs at Boston.
2. Lincoln is referring to the slave revolt on the plantations in Santo Domingo which began in August, 1791, and caused extensive property damage in most of the northern plain around Cap-Français.