LEWIS, Francis, Signer (New York). Autograph letter signed ("Fra: Lewis"), New York, 28 May 1761. 1 full page, 4to, 230 x 185mm (9 x 76in.), two minor marginal tears. WINE SEIZED BY CUSTOMS. Lewis has the unfortunate task of informing a customer that his wine has been seized by customs.: "I learn...that the Customhouse Officers at Newhaven has Seized both the Vessell and Cargo and libelled the same...on pretence of the Lisbon Wines being Contraband, a step that surprizes all people here. I procured a State of the Case from Mr. Smith the Lawyer with his opinion thereon," and a "letter from judge Morris to his Deputy in our favour" since "he seldom determines any intricate cases in that court without first obtaining Col Morris's opinion; I have also wrote to Mr. Chew of New London to claim your wine, but as you know the general character of the people of that Colony I fear that right or wrong they will divide the property between them. I could wish Mr. Bradford had proceeded there as he first intended. As soon as I have an answer to my letters & know the result of their proceedings shall inform you..."