To Hodijah Baylies1
[Treasury Department, December 5, 1793. “I have to request that you will retain in your hands a sufficient sum of the monies arising from the duties on imports … for the purpose of discharging the allowances to fishing vessels which will become due in your district … and which are to be paid agreeably to the instructions heretofore given for that purpose.2 If the funds accruing in your office should fall short of the amount required you will pay the deficiency by draft, according to the enclosed form, on Benjamin Lincoln … Collector of Boston; in which case it will be necessary that you transmit your signature to be said collector, and furnish him with weekly statements accurately describing therein the drafts issued. Copies of these statements are also to be regularly forwarded to this office.”3 Letter not found.]
1. LS, sold by Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc., Catalogue No. 54, Item 26.
Baylies was collector of customs at Dighton, Massachusetts.
For background to this letter, see H to Benjamin Lincoln, December 5, 1793 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XV, 443–44).
2. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” October 25, 1792 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XII, 620–21).
3. Text taken from the dealer’s catalogue.