From Tobias Lear
August 28th. 1790
T. Lear has the honor respectfully to observe to the Secretary of the Treasury in reply to a request1 from the naval officer of the District of New York2 which was this day submitted to the President of the united States, that altho’ it is contrary to the general sentiment and wish of the President that any officers under the general government and particularly one of such importance as the naval officer of New York, shou’d be long absent from their trusts; yet in the present instance if the reasons assigned by the naval officer shou’d appear sufficient to the Secy. of the Treasury, and a Deputy is appointed who shall be approved of by the Secretary; The President consents to the absence of the naval officer of New York for six months.
By the Presidents command
Secy to the President of the U. States.
The Secretary of the Treasury.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Benjamin Walker, a business associate of William Duer, was going to France as an agent for the Scioto Company.