George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel F. Fosdick, 19 May 1789

From Nathaniel F. Fosdick

Portland Casco Bay [District of Maine] 19th May 1789


Having been Naval Officer for this Port (being the Port of Falmouth) for this some time past, I take the Liberty to address your Excellency, requesting a continuation in the office under the New Government, & beg leave to refer your Excellency to the Honble Genl Knox & the Honble George Thatcher Esqrs. for proof of Character. I am Sir with the greatest respect your Excellency most Obedient & most hble sert

Nathl F. Fosdick


Nathaniel F. Fosdick (1760–1819) was a native of Marblehead, Mass., and a Harvard graduate of 1779. He had been collector at Portland under the state government since 1787. A certificate, 19 May 1789, from a group of Portland citizens attesting that he was “a person of probity & Honor and well qualified for the Office” is in DLC:GW. Fosdick was appointed collector at Portland and Falmouth by GW in August 1789 and served until 1801 (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 1:10, 13).

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