George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edward Stevens, 16 March 1789

From Edward Stevens

Culpeper County [Va.] March 16th 1789


The Privilege taken in addressing you with this Proceeds from a presumption that new regulations in the Commercial affairs of the United States will shortly take place, which perhaps may cause a diferent arrangement of the Customs (from those at Present) in this State, and make an appointment of Officers to carry the same into effect necessary Should any such thing happen. I now take the Liberty of offering my Service for an appointment in that Line. It is natural to wish for that which is most Productive. The Norfolk district, I am vain enough to think I might once have obtained from the Legislature of this State but at that time it was out of my power to enter on the Office. Colo. Parker who was then appointed has now given it up by taking a Seat in Congress. Should no Person offer that may be thought more worthy and deserving I shall be thankfull for it. And can venture to declare none will be more attentive or desirous of a Punctual and faithfull discharge of the Trust.1 I am most respectfully Sir Your very Obedt hum: Servt

Edward Stevens


Edward Stevens (1745–1820), a colonel in the 10th Virginia Regiment and a brigadier general in the Virginia militia during the Revolution, represented Spotsylvania, Orange, and Culpeper counties in the Virginia senate in 1776 and from 1779 to 1790. Although Stevens was unsuccessful in his application for an appointment in the customs service at Norfolk, in March 1792 GW appointed him inspector of Virginia’s survey no. 2 (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:102).

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