§ From Francis Brooke
February 1794. Applies for the customs collectorship at Tappahannock, Virginia.1
RC (DLC: Washington Papers). 3 pp. Badly faded. Addressed by Brooke to JM in Philadelphia.
1. Francis Taliaferro Brooke (1763–1851) was the brother of Robert Brooke, who became governor of Virginia in December 1794. Although Francis Brooke was married to a niece of George Washington, the president appointed Laurence Muse to the Tappahannock collectorship. A Revolutionary War veteran, Brooke represented Essex County in the House of Delegates, 1794–95. He was a state senator, 1800–1804, and later a judge in the state courts (Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, eds., A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia, 1776–1918, and of the Constitutional Conventions (Richmond, 1918). description ends , p. 351).