From Stephen Moylan1
Chester County [Pennsylvania] October 21st. 1793
By a late offer made me by the President thoro the Secretary of State to appoint me Marshal for the Pennsylvania district,2 I was much pleased to find I was not out of his remembrance. I gave him such reasons for not accepting that office as I presume must be Satisfactory.3 An opportunity now offers of effectually Serving me, the Naval office being as I am informed Vacant by the death of Mr. Phile.4 I have this day wrote to the President, that it was an Office I shoud be proud to fill.5 If my application is back’d by your interest with him, I shall have great expectation of success. Will you my Dear sir write a few lines to the President in my favor? It will Serve a brother in War and your real friend.
Honble A Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. H and Moylan had first become acquainted during the American Revolution when the latter had served as a colonel in the Fourth Continental Dragoons. After the Revolution he had settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where in 1792 he had been appointed register and recorder of the county.
2. Thomas Jefferson to Moylan, September 13, 1793 (ALS, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress).
3. Moylan to Jefferson, September 19, 1793 (ALS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).
4. Frederick Phile had been the naval officer at Philadelphia.
5. Moylan to George Washington, October 21, 1793 (ALS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).