George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Imlay, 1 August 1789

From William Imlay

Hartford [Conn.] August 1st 1789


I did myself the honor of writing to your Excellency the 15th Ulto1 expressing my desire to be continued in public office; since which, I have been favored with the enclosed Letters from Jeremiah Wadsworth Esqe and the Commissioners of the Board of Treasury; which I take the liberty to Transmit to your Excellency, in addition to the Testimonials contained in my former Letter. With great Respect I have the honor to be—Sir, Your Excellency’s, Very Humble and Obedient Servant

Wm Imlay


William Imlay (1742–1807) was a native of New Jersey who moved to New York City around 1769. When the British occupied the city, Imlay went to Connecticut where he established a mercantile business. In 1780 he was made commissioner of loans for the state, an appointment he retained under the new government until his death, serving also as justice of the peace for Hartford County from 1792 until 1801. Enclosed with this letter was a certificate, 31 Mar. 1789, signed by Joseph Nourse on behalf of the Board of Treasury attesting to Imlay’s competence (DLC:GW). No letter of support from Jeremiah Wadsworth has been found. Imlay wrote to GW again on 14 and 16 Sept. reiterating his plea for an appointment and enclosing recommendations (DLC:GW).

1Letter not found.

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