To John Lamb
T. D. June 26th 1794
It is a rule which the Treasury has steadily adhered to, not to authorise the revision of an adjustment of duties once made, upon after evidence of whatsoever kind; whether the mistake committed was for or against the public. This rule has been found one of mutual convenience and operates against Mr Silva’s wishes, which it would give me pleasure to comply with, were it not at the expence of an important general rule.
With great consideration I am Sir Yr obedt Servt
John Lamb Esqr
Copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.
1. Letter not found.
2. Silva was a New York City merchant.