From James Lingan1
Georgetown, District of Columbia, February 10, 1794. “I some time ago purchased an Iron Chest, for the safe keeping of the public money, price Forty Five dollars, and would wish to have your approbation as to the propriety of making it a Charge against the United States.”2
LS, RG 217, First Comptroller’s Office, Miscellaneous-Revenue Collectors, 1789–1834, Georgetown, D.C., National Archives.
1. Lingan was collector of customs at Georgetown.
2. At the bottom of this letter Oliver Wolcott, Jr., wrote: “The Secy of the Treasy. in a conference Apl. 18th. 1794. authorized the above charge. O. W.”