George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, Sr., 31 August 1789

From William Fitzhugh, Sr.

Calvert County Millmont [Md.] Augt 31t 1789

Dear Sir

Being informed that Mr Robert Young lately appointed Surveyor of the port of Patuxent has resigned1 I beg leave to recommend Mr John Chesley as a Gentlmn well qualified to discharge the duties of that office—He is a Gentlemn who from his Infancy was Brought up in my Family and Educated with my Sons. He is the younger Brother of Capt. Robt Chesley lately appointed Surveyor of the district of Saint Marys river on Potomac—Served in the late Convention of this State for Ratifying the Federal Government—is a man of Industry respectable abilities and firm Integrity—His residency is at point Patience about two miles from the mouth of ⟨the⟩ river, and nearly opposite the port of Town ⟨Creek⟩ where the river is little more if any than a mile across. Shoud Mr Chesley have the Honor to meet Your Excellencys approbation and obtain the appointment I entertain not the smallest doubt of his discharging his Trust with Reputation.

I am truly Sensible of the numerous important objects before You, and the perplexity of applications—But hope you’ll pardon the Trouble I have given you on this subject. I’ve the Honor to Be with perfect Esteem & Respect Your Excellencys affecte & obligd Hbe Ser⟨vt⟩

William Fitzhugh Ser


1GW had nominated Robert Young as surveyor at Nottingham and Town Creek, district of Patuxent, Md., on 3 Aug. but he declined to serve. His replacement, whose name GW sent to the Senate on 11 Sept., was Charles Chilton rather than Chesley (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:38).

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