George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Turner Miller, 14 June 1790

From William Turner Miller

Warren [R.I.] June 14th 1790


I take the Liberty to address your Excellency in the Cause of the most Respectable of the People of this district Respecting the person to be appointed Surveyor of the Customs of the Port of Warren and Barrington, when I mention to you the Name of Samuel Miller1 I Speak of the Person who now is in that office and is the Brother to the late Gen. Nathan Miller he hath given good Sattisfaction in that office and done Justice to the Revennue his Connections are of the Most Influential Charracters here who will all find them selves much gratified by your Excellency’s being pleased to Reinstate him in Said office I am your Excellencys most obedient Humble Servant

William T. Miller


William Turner Miller of Warren served as lieutenant colonel of Church’s Rhode Island Regiment in 1775 and on several committees during the course of the Revolution. He was a member of the Rhode Island general assembly in 1781 and a justice of common pleas for Bristol County from 1782 to 1784 (Bartlett, R.I. Records, description begins John Russell Bartlett, ed. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England. 10 vols. Providence, 1856–65. description ends 8:110, 188, 414, 9:383, 542, 691, 10:22).

1Samuel Miller, of Warren, served as the surveyor at Warren and Barrington under the state government. He probably shared the Federalist inclinations of his prominent brother, Brig. Gen. Nathan Miller (1743–1790), who served in the Continental Congress, the general assembly, and as a Federalist in the first session of the state ratifying convention in March 1790 (Polishook, Rhode Island and the Union, description begins Irwin H. Polishook. Rhode Island and the Union, 1774–1795. Evanston, Ill., 1969. description ends 216; Biographical Cyclopedia, description begins The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island. Providence, 1881. description ends 140–41). Samuel Miller did not receive an appointment from GW.

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