Candidates for Army Appointments
[Philadelphia, November–December, 1798]
|John Vining commands a Company of Light Infantry||provisional|
|Richard Dale||handed in by Clayton2||Antifœderal|
|1||Samuel White young Lawyer Dover||
|Richard Dale now Militia Light Infantry||
|1 - 2||Benjamin Burrows Major of Militia|
|attached to the Government sensible active industrious & brave|
|John Corse 45 to 50||raised by merit to Capt in Revolutionary War|
|Clayton Latimer7 & Bayard|
|Clayton speaks highly of him|
|Samuel Armstrong||private soldiers|
|James Armstrong||1791 promoted as sergeant Major & Qr M sergeant & sergeant of horse men of good Characters|
|now W Territory as Qr. Master|
|Winlock Clarke probably Frederica bred a Tanner||
|Respectably as Lieutenant|
|served as soldier in Maryland Line||good moral character|
|Thomas Huston Dover||young man of prudence & honor||Qr. Ensign|
Basset & Vining
|Stephen Pleasonton||by J Clayton respectable family sprightly active believes moral char||Lt or Ensign|
|Col James Henry11 Latimer suppo|
|Timothy Winn Duck Creek||young Gentleman from New England|
|Taddock Crapper||Daniel Rogers12 Governor||Respectably|
|one of McPhersons Blues13||Clayton qualified for soldier family fortune good moral character||Enquire of McPherson|
|Peter Jaquett Jun||Latimer nothing positive antient family American principles||Respectably
|Ensign in the late war|
| What age
|John Merritt||sober active & brave|
|now Philadelphia||in opinion of Clayton will make good officer|
|William Keller Junior Dover||No information|
|James Clayton Jun Dover||by J Clayton in respectable Terms||Lieutenancy respectable|
|21 years||Rodney14 &c|
|Samuel Wethered 22 years||Young Gentleman of spirit & honor||Lieutenancy respectable|
|James A Bayard
|James Caskery Milson Sussex||Daniel Rogers Governor
|Levy George Foard||respectable Connections good English Educa||Ensign|
|David Witherspoon||Clayton good foederalist genteel young man honor &c||Not very strong|
|John Laws||Clayton strongly|
|George Dell||Gov Rogers—
Samuel Barr Chaplan
|5||Samuel White Dover||Capt|
|9||Peter Jacquett Junr.||Lt|
|4||James Clayton Junr.||Ensign|
AD, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. In this list of recommendations for Army appointments, those recommended have not been identified. Wherever possible, however, the individuals making the recommendations have been identified.
H, George Washington, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney prepared this list, which is undated, during their meetings in Philadelphia.
2. Joshua Clayton, a veteran of the American Revolution, was governor of Delaware from 1793 to 1796. In January, 1798, he was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Vining, and Clayton served in that capacity until his death on August 11, 1798.
3. George Read, a lawyer from New Castle, Delaware, was a Federalist. He was a member of the United States Senate from 1789 to 1793, when he resigned to become chief justice of Delaware. He held that position until his death on September 21, 1798.
4. Richard Bassett was a member of the United States Senate from Delaware from 1789 to 1793 and chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas from 1793 to 1799. In 1796 he was elected as a Federalist to the Electoral College.
5. John Vining, a Delaware lawyer, served in the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1793 and in the United States Senate from 1793 to January, 1798, when he resigned.
6. James A. Bayard, a lawyer from Wilmington, Delaware, was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1803.
7. Henry Latimer.
8. From 1791 to 1797, Andrew Barratt was the supervisor of the revenue for the District of Delaware (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 87, 88, 247). In July, 1798, he became one of the commissioners of valuations for Delaware (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 288, 289).
9. Samuel Barr was a Delaware clergyman.
10. Kensey Johns was an associate justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.
11. Henry was a member of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1793.
12. Rogers was governor of Delaware from 1797 to 1798.
13. This is a reference to a Pennsylvania volunteer company of troops commanded by William Macpherson. Such troops were authorized by Section 3 of “An Act authorizing the President of the United States to raise a Provisional Army” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 558–61 [May 28, 1798]).
14. Thomas Rodney, a prominent landowner in Kent County, Delaware, was elected to the Continental Congress five times.
15. James Sykes, a Delaware physician, was a presidential elector in 1792. He was elected to the state Senate in 1794 and served as president of the Senate until he succeeded to the office of governor in 1801.
16. Miller, a resident of Philadelphia, was the commissioner of the revenue of the United States (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 259–60).
17. H endorsed the last page of this list: “Left unexamined.”