From James Lovell1
Boston Octr. 1792
Agreably to the directions of your circular letter of August 31st.2 covering an order of the Senate passed on the 7th. of may last, I now transmit the demanded account. I cannot, however, refrain from expressing an Hope that my statements may not prove injurious to such Officers as have had usual & necessary Assistance of Clerks, without being driven to devote their own Nights as well as days to their Offices. Adversity has formed but few such callous Drudges as myself in a similar Line of Life.
I am sir with Consideration your obedient
To the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
Copy, in the handwriting of James Lovell, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This letter was enclosed in Lovell to Thomas Jefferson, January 8, 1803 (ALS, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress).
Lovell was the naval officer for the District of Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts.
2. “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” August 31, 1792 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XII, 303–04).