From Tench Coxe
Treasury Department, Revenue Office, August 5, 1794. “I have the honor to request that you will place the sum of eight thousand eight hundred forty nine Dollars & 25 cents in the hands of Benj. Lincoln Esqr.1 for the purpose of enabling him to comply with the terms of the contract made by him with M. M. Hays on the 6th. day of June last for 19561 & ½ gallons Sperma Oil, for the use of the Light houses of the United States.”2
LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives; LC, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters, Vol. I, National Archives.
1. Lincoln was collector of customs at Boston.