To Benjamin Lincoln
Treasury Department, December 17, 1790. “It having been intimated to me1 that you were desirous to visit Philadelphia I took an early opportunity to inform the President2 that I believed you entertained such a wish, requesting his permission if it should not appear improper. I added that personal ⟨conferences with you⟩3 upon the operation of the ⟨trade laws might be⟩ of considerable use, and ⟨that the winter sea⟩son would be the least in⟨convenient for⟩ absence from your district. He has been pleased to signify to me4 that he has no objection, if the public business can be conducted without injury in the interim.…”
L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.
3. The material within broken brackets in this document has been taken from the copy in RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives.