Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, 22 March 1792

To Benjamin Lincoln

Treasury Department
March 22. 1792.


The Commissioner of Loans will receive by this post my instructions relative to the quarter’s interest on the public debt.1 After retaining the sum of six thousand Dollars, in specie, to pay certain Bills of the Commissioner of Loans in New Hampshire,2 you will be pleased to pay into the Boston Branch Bank the remaining specie and notes of the Bank of the United States which will be in your hands, for the purpose of discharging the interest abovementioned. You will hereafter make your deposits, once in every week, in the Boston Branch Bank, taking duplicate receipts, and transmitting one of them to this Off⟨ice.⟩3

Benjamin Lincoln Esqr
Collector Boston.

⟨P. S. My meaning is that the⟩ specie you have in hand after retaining the above mentioned six thousand Dollars should be paid to the order of the Commissioner of Loans upon drafts of the Treasurer in his favour in order to being deposited in the Branch-Bank.4

L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1772–1818, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, Vol. 6, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

3Material within broken brackets has been taken from one of the copies in the National Archives.

4The postscript is in H’s handwriting.

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