George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Langdon, 30 July 1789

From John Langdon

New York 30th July 1789


I did myself the honour a few days since to mention to you the Names of Col. Joseph Whipple,1 for Collector and Eleazar Russell Esq. for Naval officer for the port of Portsmouth in New Hampe.2 I now beg leave to mention the Name of Thomas Martin Esq., for the Surveyor of that port,3 this Gent. is well qualified for this or any other office in the Customs, of great probity and a Respectable Character. I have the honour to be with every possable Respect Sr your most obt Servt

John Langdon


2Russell was also recommended by John Langdon. See his letter to GW, 17 July 1789.

3Thomas Martin (c.1732–1805), a leading Portsmouth merchant, was appointed surveyor at Portsmouth under the new government and in 1798 succeeded Russell as collector for the port.

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