Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Lincoln, 16 June 1794

To Benjamin Lincoln1

Treasury Department June 16th 1794


I duly received your letter of the 19th of march last, containing an explanation of the affair between the officers of the Customs and the british Consul.

Though I thought it proper to notice the circumstance, I was beforehand persuaded that what has been done did not proceed from any culpable motive. I still however am of opinion that the hint of public resentment ought to have been avoided in point of propriety.

With great consideration   I am Sir   Your ⟨obedient servant⟩

Benjamin Lincoln Esqr

L[S], RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see H to Lincoln, March 7, 1794; Lincoln to H, March 19, 1794.

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