To Benjamin Lincoln1
Philadelphia June 28. 1794
My Dear Sir
What sail Cloth shall we use for the Frigates that of Domestic or that of Foreign Manufacture? National pride & interest plead for the former if the quality be really good. But is it really good? Objections are made; that which is principally insisted upon is that it shrinks exceedingly.
Let me know with certainty what Experience has decided. I ask your opinion because I rely on your impartiality as well as Judgment. It would be terrible to mistake. The public, & I personally who must provide, are materially interested that there be none. Let me hear from you as soon as may be.
With true esteem & regard Your Obed ser
B Lincoln Esq
AL[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.