George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jacob Wray, 24 March 1790

From Jacob Wray

Virginia Port Hampton

May it please your ExcellencyMarch 24th 1790

As I, find myself groing very short in Memory & of coarse my small abillities going in the same line & find publick business if ever so profitable so great a burthen to my mind without I could controll the business according to Law & Instructions which in my Opinion makes some nice reflections.

Therefore if you will please to relieve me of a great Burthen altho of so little business to the Nation I, shall rest happy in keeping up till a successor comes to hand which is my real wishes to Resign.1 I am with all Duty your most Obedt Sert

Jacob Wray Collr

Port Hampton

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Resignations and Declinations, Letters of Resignation and Declination of Federal Office.

1Jacob Wray was appointed collector of customs at Hampton, Va., in August 1789. He had been recommended for a federal post by Samuel Griffin, John Page and Miles King. See Conversation with Samuel Griffin, 9 July 1789, Page to GW, 14 July 1789, and King to GW, 19 July 1789. Wray was succeeded in the collectorship at Hampton in April 1790 by George Wray, Jr. (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 2:68; GW to the U.S. Senate, 28 April 1790).

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