Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, 8 November 1790

From George Washington

Mount Vernon Novr. 8th. 1790.


I have received your letters of the 26th. Ult: & 1st. Inst. The objection stated by you to the appointment of Mr. Spence1 being conclusive, I now enclose a letter from Mr. Wingate2 to me recommendatory of another Candidate, with my answer occasioned by the previous appointment of Mr. Woodbury Langdon,3 but should that Gentleman finally determine not to accept, and you learn, on enquiring, that Colo. Rogers4 is qualified to discharge the duties of the office, I shall have no objection to appoint him.

The enclosed application from Captain Kelly,5 for the command of one of the revenue Cutters, will receive your consideration, and be compared with the pretentions of other applicants.

In my letter of the 4th. instant I informed you that Capt. Taylor6 had declined his appointment—he has since in consequence of your letter to him,7 waited upon me & agreed to accept. Observing that he should pursue your instructions for superintending the building and equipment of the vessel, he expressed a doubt what kind of Vessel could be built for the sum limitted, which would answer the purposes of the service. Swiftness of sailing being especially required, he though[t] that the pilot-boat construction would be best on that account, though very inconvenient in point of accommodation, and he submitted the idea of taking such pilot boats as had, upon trial been found to excel in the requisite of sailing.

I am Sir, Your Most Obt. Servant

G: Washington

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

1Keith Spence of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

2Paine Wingate was a United States Senator from New Hampshire.

3Langdon, who had been appointed commissioner of loans for New Hampshire, declined.

4Nathaniel Rogers was a merchant and shipbuilder of Newmarket on the Lampray River in eastern New Hampshire.

5Captain Thomas Kelly was a resident of Newbern, North Carolina.

6Richard Taylor of Virginia.

7Letter not found.

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