To Benjamin Lincoln, James Lovell,
and Thomas Melville1
Treasury Department, February 20, 1794. “I am to acknowlege the receipt of your letter of the 31st ultimo,2 respecting the Petition of the Inspectors3 and to assure you that early and proper attention will be paid to the subject.”
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; LC, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.
1. Lincoln, Lovell, and Melville were collector, naval officer, and surveyor respectively for the District of Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts.
2. Letter not found.
3. On February 5, 1794, the House of Representatives read “A petition of the Inspectors of the Revenue for the District of Boston and Charlestown in the State of Massachusetts … stating the insufficiency of the fees and other emoluments allowed them by law, and praying that the same be increased, and rendered more adequate to their services.
“Ordered, That the said petition be referred to the Secretary of the Treasury, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.” (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II. description ends , II, 54.)