Treasury Department Circular to the Captains
of the Revenue Cutters
Feb. 3. 1792
I have this day written to the Collector of Boston1 informing him, that in addition to his duty as agent for the cutter under your command, she is henceforward committed to his general direction, subject only to the instructions which shall be from time to time received from this department. You will therefore receive and execute his orders, and you will make your communications to him, whenever the service shall require representation from you.
I am, Sir Your obedt. servant
LS, to John Foster Williams, Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts.
1. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” February 2, 1792. Although the copy of this circular addressed to Benjamin Lincoln has not been found, Lincoln in a letter to H, dated February 15, 1792, refers to H’s letter of February 2.