George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Reily, 17 July 1789

From William Reily

Newyork 17th July 1789


Being one of those who served my Country from the earliest to the latest period of the war, in a Military Capacity in the line of Maryland, and flatter myself with some reputation, for the evidence of which I beg leave to refer you to William Smith Esqr. Delegate for the State in whose line I Serv’d, who I trust will give a Satisfactory relation of my Conduct from the time of my entering Service to the present time.

I do not Claim any Merit from my military Services, in this I Conceive I have done no more than a good Citizen ought, therefore have nothing to regret, but the loss of a number of Years the prime of life which in Some Measure prevented me from the opportunity of accumulating Some Small Support for my more declining Years.

thus Circumstanced I am induced to become an applicant for an office under the Goverment now forming, finding by a bill before the Honorable the representatives of the United States that three persons are Necessary for the Collecting of the revenues in each Seaport Vez.—a Collector. Naval Officer and Surveyor for either of which I take the liberty to Offer myself for the Town of Baltimore the place of my residence.

Should your Excellency think fit to Honor me with an Appointment it will lay the highest Obligations on Sir Your most Obt & Very Hume Servt

Wm Reily


William Reily served as a lieutenant in the 2d Maryland Battalion of the Flying Camp in 1776. In December of that year he was appointed a lieutenant and later captain in the 4th Maryland. In January 1781 he went to the 1st Maryland where he served until April 1783. Reily was an original member of the Maryland Society of the Cincinnati.

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