Autograph letter signed, ("Joseph Otis") to Jonathan Jackson ("Sir") regarding his position as Collector of Customs

'I Sacrificed My All in the Revolution'

Autograph letter signed, ("Joseph Otis") to Jonathan Jackson ("Sir") regarding his position as Collector of Customs.

Barnstable, [Mass]: October 01, 1796.

1p. pen and ink on paper. 8vo. 'I Sacrificed My All in the Revolution'. Old folds, small tear in margin. VG. Item #250306

Joseph Otis (1728-1810), the brother of zealous Massachusetts patriot, James Otis, and a former General of militia known popularly as “Brigadier Otis, was appointed by George Washington, as Collector of Customs for the district of Barnstable, Massachusetts, a post, which though he offered to resign from in our letter, he held until his death. Otis penned this official correspondence to Jonathan Jackson (1743-1810), a Boston merchant and Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, who, at the time our letter was written, was a federal Supervisor of Revenue. It reads in part: “… there is scarcely been any importation of spirrits (sic) into the is district … the business here consists of granting licences to retailers collecting duties of carriages and auctioneers which doth not interfere with the collectors business … if under these circumstances it is necessary for me to resign the inspection office shall recommend a proper person as I sacrificed my all in the Revolution and perquisites from the government of the union should be glad of…”.

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