George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Muir, 20 June 1789

From John Muir

June 20: 1789.


Having acted for several years past under the State laws as Deputy naval officer in the district of Vienna in the State of Maryland, I take the liberty with all becoming respect, to present myself to the president of the United States for the office of Collector for this port. My Brother Mr Adam Muir who is now the naval officer resides at the distance of twenty miles, and as the Bill for collecting the impost requires the officer to live upon the spot, I entertain some hopes, unless exception may be taken to my character, for a continuance in this appointment.

I am personally known to some of the representatives in Congress from the State of Maryland, particularly to the Honble Mr Henry who, will inform your Excellency of my Character & conduct in office. I have the honor to be with the highest respect your obdt Servt

John Muir.


John Muir served in the Dorchester County militia during the Revolution and received an appointment as collector of customs for the port of Vienna in August 1789. In 1792 he was appointed inspector of excise for the port (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, 14, 104, 111).

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