To Benjamin Lincoln1
Treasury Department June 16th 1794
I duly received your letter of the 19th of march last, containing an explanation of the affair between the officers of the Customs and the british Consul.
Though I thought it proper to notice the circumstance, I was beforehand persuaded that what has been done did not proceed from any culpable motive. I still however am of opinion that the hint of public resentment ought to have been avoided in point of propriety.
With great consideration I am Sir Your ⟨obedient servant⟩
Benjamin Lincoln Esqr
L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.