George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Richard Bland Lee, 9 September 1789

From Richard Bland Lee

N. York September 9: 1789


At the request of Mr Roger West I take the Liberty of forwarding the inclosed letter:1 at the same time I beg leave to present to you the most respectful regards of Mr Francis Corbin, who requests me to inform you that Mr John Segar, would be happy to be appointed Surveyor in the place of Mr Stage Davis, who has or will resign, and to assure you that he is well fitted to execute the duties of the office.2 I have the honor to be with the most profound respect and veneration your most ob: hum: Servant

Richard Bland Lee


1The enclosure was probably Roger West’s letter to GW, 30 Aug. 1789.

2Staige Davis (d. 1815) had replaced his brother George Davis as collector at Urbanna in late 1788 (Journals of the Council of State of Virginia, description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds. Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia. 5 vols. Richmond, 1931–82. description ends 5:10). In his 3 Aug. appointments, GW named him surveyor of the port, but he declined the appointment. John Segar (b. 1730) of Middlesex County, Va., did not receive the appointment; Peter Kemp rather than Segar replaced Staige Davis (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 , 2:16, 21, 38).

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