“And for the better executing the several Acts of Parliament relating to the Plantation
Trade, be it enacted, that the Ld. Treasurer, Commissioners of the Treasury, and the
Commissioners of the Customs in England for the Time being, shall and may constitute
and appoint such and so many officers of the Customs in any City, Town, River, Port,
Harbour, or Creek, of or belonging to any of the Islands Tracts of Land and Properties,
when and as often as to them shall seem needfull.” Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 185.