To Horatio Sharpe
Mount Vernon 26th March 1762.
Be so good as to pardon the liberty I presume to take in recommending to your Excellency’s notice the Revd Mr West; a young Gentn lately entered into Holy Orders, of a good Family, and unexceptionable Morals—this with truth I can venture to certifie as he is a neighbour of mine, and one of those few of whom every body speaks well. At present he is engagd to oficiate as Curate to the Revd Doctr Swift of Port Tobo; who it seems is in the last Stage of a Consumption, and attempting by a Voyage to England, the recovery of his health—but, shoud he fail in this (as most probably he will) and the Parish become vacant by his death. Mr West woud think himself very happy in the honour of your presentment of him to the Cure, and I am fully perswaded that his endeavours woud merit the favour.1
Your Excellency sometimes makes excursion’s to Potomack on partys of Pleasure, I cannot conclude therefore without expressing the satisfaction I shoud receive in having the honour of a visit from you in one of those Tours. With very great Esteem I have the honour to be Yr Excellency’s Most Obedt & Most Hble Servt
Horatio Sharpe (1718–1790) was governor of Maryland from 1753 until 1769. During his years as commander of the Virginia forces in the war with the French, GW had extensive dealings with him.
1. Theophilus Swift left his parish of Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md., to return to Ireland but died in Philadelphia in May before setting sail. Swift’s curate William West (c.1739–1791) was a son of Hugh West of Fairfax County, Virginia. He had been ordained and certified for Virginia in 1761. Sharpe did not appoint West to the vacancy at Port Tobacco but a short time later recommended him for the incumbency in Westminster Parish, Anne Arundel County, Md., where he was serving as a probationer. West remained curate in Westminster Parish from 1763 to 1767 and thereafter served in various other Maryland parishes until his death.