Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, 7 October 1791

To Benjamin Lincoln

Treasury Department
Octr. 7. 1791


The account rendered by Capt. Williams1 will be transmitted for Examination to the accounting officers of the Treasury, of which I request you to inform him.

The account you give of the Conduct of the Jury in the Cases of Capt. Davis and his mate is such as to create great uneasiness.2 I approve your intention of having a jury for the next experiment from Suffolk. It is certainly proper that on occasions when there is an appearance of favor or partiality in the Jury of one County the cases be tried by a Jury of some other County.

Benjn. Lincoln Esqr
Collector Boston

L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1818, Vol. 5, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives.

1John Foster Williams was captain of the revenue cutter for Massachusetts.

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