From Philip Pendleton
Virginia Berkeley Co: March 1st 1790
I am informed that a vacancy has happened in the Supreme Court, for the Western Territory by the Death of General Parsons.1 It is with great diffidence I now take the Liberty to Solicit the appointment to that vacancy, if it is not as yet filled—From a Steady and uniform attachment to the Goverment of the United States from my situation And from a long and Labourious attention to the practice of the Bar I cannot help flattering myself that I am not altogether unqualified to fill that office—I will beg leave to assure you Sir, that should you think proper to Honour me with the appointment, a Strict and regular attention to and a faithfull discharge of its duties shall not be wanting on my part. I have the Honour to be with the most perfect respect Sir, Yr Obt Hble servt
Philip Pendleton (1752–1802), a Berkeley County, Va., attorney, was the son of Nathaniel Pendleton of Culpeper County and the brother of Nathaniel Pendleton who had served as Nathanael Greene’s aide-de-camp during the Revolution. GW sold Pendleton a portion of his Bullskin plantation in 1771 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:37). He received no appointment from GW.