To George Washington
Treasy. Dept. June 24. 1794.
The inclosed Letter from the Collector of Hampton, of the 26th. of May,1 shews that the necessity of appointing a successor to that Officer has at length become absolute, & suggests some names for consideration.
Another letter from mr Carrington of 19th. of December last2 suggests another name. The enquiry was made of Mr. Carington with your permission, but with cautious guards against commitment, which he mentions having observed.
The papers from the office which have been under the management of Mr Smith,3 tho’ they are not of a nature to decide much concerning his ability, owing to the little business done in that scene, have been in good order. And the Post Master General4 who in consequence of the circumstance mentioned in mr Smith’s letter5 (herewith also sent) has been consulted, says, that he was well recommended to him, and has conducted his business in that station with regularity.
But my experience of the invariable judiciousness of Mr Carrington’s recommendations, induces me to have great confidence in the eligibility of the character he has named. Perhaps further lights where you are,6 will assist the nomination of a proper successor.
With perfect respect &c.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. The letter from George Wray has not been found.
2. The letter from Edward Carrington has not been found.
3. James Smith was postmaster at Hampton, Virginia.
4. Timothy Pickering.
5. An entry in JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends for July 14, 1794, reads as follows: “Return’d to the Secy. of the Treasury the following papers which he had submitted to me.… the letter of resignation of Geo: Wray Collector at Hampton, 26 May ’94. Letter of Jas. Smith 29 April solictg that office …” (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 302). The letters from Wray and Smith have not been found.
6. Washington had left Philadelphia for Mount Vernon on June 17, 1794. He returned to Philadelphia on July 7 (Freeman, Washington description begins Douglas Southall Freeman, George Washington (New York, 1948–1957). Volume VII of this series was written by John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth. description ends , VII, 175, 178).