George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elias Boudinot, 18 July 1789

From Elias Boudinot

New York, 18 July 1789. Recommends John N. Cumming1 for the post of marshal of New Jersey and Ezekiel Forman2 as marshal of Pennsylvania. “Nothing could have prevailed upon me to have taken this liberty (and thereby acted contrary to my uniform determination) but an anxiety that the officers under the Judicial Department should be filled with Men of integrity & decorum—I hope it will not be disagreeable to the President of the United States, who I am confident will be pleased with every information, tending to bring forward Characters proper for his consideration in filling public Offices of Trust & Confidence.”


1For John Noble Cumming’s application for office, see his letter to GW, 9 July 1789.

2For Ezekiel Forman’s application, see his letter to GW, 9 April 1789. By 1793 Forman had acquired a post as clerk in the office of the commissioner of the revenue (Tench Coxe to Hamilton, 3 Jan. 1793, in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 13:448–49).

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