. Lovell's new post was that of “continential Receiver of taxes” in Massachusetts, according
's letter to
of 10 April
, below. Lovell took up his duties after quitting Congress for good in that month
(Burnett, ed., Letters of Members
, 6:xlvi, 328 and note). The office was regarded as a gift of Robert Morris, Congress'
Superintendent of Finance, and Rev. William Gordon said he must now consider Lovell
“as a Deserter from the cause of liberty, as a place man” (to Horatio Gates, 24 Jan.
1783 [error for 1782], MHS, Procs.
, 63 [1929–1930]:480). It was true that Lovell was to live the rest of his life on
the public bounty, showing great political agility in obtaining successive state and
federal offices under different governors and national administrations. The chronology
of these appointments and of Lovell's tenure of them is at best confusing, but see
the sketch of Lovell in Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 14:31–48, for the most nearly satisfactory account.