Sec. of Treasury
|1.||Hoffman, a former American party congressman from Cumberland, Md., had served as sergeant at arms of the U.S. House of Representatives since February 1860. He assumed his duties as collector of customs in Baltimore on May 1, 1861. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 1198; Chase to Hoffman, Apr. 26, 1861, Chase to J. T. Mason, May 1, 1861 (Letters Sent to Collectors of Customs at Baltimore, Gen. Recs. Treasury Dept., Nat. Arch.).|
|2.||William Thomas Valiant, newly appointed deputy collector at Baltimore. Chase to Hoffman, Apr. 6, 1861 (Letters Sent to Collectors of Customs at Baltimore, Gen. Recs. Treasury Dept., Nat. Arch.); Register of Officers ( 1863), 86.|
|3.||Former Maryland congressman John Thomson Mason ( 1815-73), Hoffman's predecessor as collector of customs at Baltimore, appointed in 1857. Bio. Dir. U.S. Cong., 1434.|
Letterbook copy in clerk's hand. Letters Sent Relating to Restricted Commercial Intercourse and Captured and Abandoned Property (BE Series), General Records, Department of the Treasury (Record Group 56), National Archives (micro 15:0141).
April 24th, 1861.
The disturbed state of the country and the interruption of communication between the Department and its revenue officers greatly obstructs and delays its proper action in matters of commerce and navigation, and calls for the exercise of the soundest judgment and caution in the administration of your official duties
To avoid detriment to the great interests involved and, as far as possible, unnecessary interruption to the trade and commerce of your