From John Hague
Richmond [Va.], 10 Sept. 1790. Having been informed by Corbin Braxton of his resignation from the office of surveyor for the port of Richmond and Manchester, applies for that position and refers GW to Edmund Randolph for a recommendation.1
John Hague (c.1758–1795) of Henrico County, Va., had served as a state customs searcher for the upper district of James River at Rocketts Landing since at least 1787, at an annual salary of fifty pounds (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 4:212; Calendar of Virginia State Papers, description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond, 1875–93. description ends 4:228, 235).
1. For Braxton’s resignation and the appointment of his successor, see GW to Hamilton, 27 Sept. 1790 and notes 3 and 4, and Hamilton to GW, 8 Oct. 1790. On 17 Dec. 1790, the first day of the third session of the First Congress, GW nominated Zachariah Rowland, not John Hague, to be surveyor of the port of Richmond (GW to the U.S. Senate, 17 Dec. 1790, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, 1789–91, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations). Hague served as the state superintendent of quarantine for the ports of Richmond and Manchester in 1794 and died the following year (Calendar of Virginia State Papers, description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds. Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts. 11 vols. Richmond, 1875–93. description ends 7:238, 348, 367).