Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, [29 December 1790]

To Benjamin Lincoln

[Philadelphia, December 29, 1790]

Dear Sir

When I answered1 your letter2 concerning Mr Burges’s3 Vessel, being in a hurry, I trusted to my recollection of the act;4 but having since more particularly adverted to the terms of it, I entertain a doubt of the justness of the opinion then given. I wish therefore the affair may be considered as Standing for further consideration. I mean to take the Attorney General’s opinion;5 when you will hear further from me.

I remain with Very great regard   Dear Sir   Your Obed Servant

Alex Hamilton

Benjn Lincoln Esqr

Copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

3William Burgess.

4“An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 55–65 [September 1, 1789]).

5See H to Richard Harison, January 29, 1791. Harison was United States attorney for the District of New York.

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