From Benjamin Lincoln
Boston August 17th. 1792
At the request of Mr. Foster1 a merchant in this town I in-close his letter to me stating his situation relative to the draw back of some duties due on a quantity of Coffe exported. His confidence that you will direct the payment on the evidence offered makes it necessary that I should lay the matter before you for your decision thereon.
I am &c
Secy of the
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. The Boston Directory for 1789 and for 1796 lists both Joseph Foster and William Foster as merchants (A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Containing Miscellaneous Papers [Boston, 1886], 183–84, 245).