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MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN LINCOLN - RECEIPT SIGNED 04/30/1806 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSHUA PRENTISS - HFSID 24276

As Collector of Customs for Boston in 1806, he certifies the import of a cask of claret from Bordeaux at the port of Marblehead. Partly Printed Document signed: "B Lincoln" as Collector, "J Prentiss" twice as Inspector, 1 page, 9½x5.

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BENJAMIN LINCOLN
As Collector of Customs for Boston in 1806, he certifies the import of a cask of claret from Bordeaux at the port of Marblehead.
Partly Printed Document signed: "B Lincoln" as Collector, "J Prentiss" twice as Inspector, 1 page, 9½x5. Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1806 April 30. Import certification #9507 for one cask (58 gallons) of claret, carried by Richard Prince on the American vessel Francis Ann from Bordeaux, France. BENJAMIN LINCOLN (1733-1810) served under George Washington at the siege of Boston and in the Battles of White Plains and Fort Independence. He served under General Gates at the major American victory at Saratoga (1777), being seriously wounded. He surrendered the US garrison at Charleston to General Clinton in 1780, one of the worst American defeats of the war, but was exchanged in time to serve with Washington again at Yorktown. When General Cornwallis, pleading illness, refused to attend the surrender of British forces at Yorktown, General Washington also sent his #2, Benjamin Lincoln, to accept it. Lincoln was Secretary of War (1781-1783), the commanding general in suppression of Shay's Rebellion (1784), a strong advocate for adoption of the federal constitution, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and Collector of Customs for Boston. JOSHUA PRENTISS (1745-1837), a Marblehead merchant and owner of several fishing boats, served as Inspector of the Port of Marblehead from 1804-1829. A Revolutionary War veteran, he also served as Town Clerk, Selectman and state legislator. With Britain at war with Napoleonic France in1806, trans-Atlantic commerce - even under the neutral US flag - was fraught with peril, as the warring nations declared each other under blockade, and Britain claimed the right to seize American ships trading with France and even to impress American seamen. These maritime issues were a primary cause of the War of 1812. Captain Prince must have been relieved to reach Marblehead with his cargo. Lightly foxed and toned. Edges very lightly soiled. Fine condition.

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