George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 23 December 1790

To the United States Senate

United States December 23rd 1790.

Gentlemen of the Senate.

I nominate Woodbury Langdon of the State of New Hampshire to be one of the Commissioners for settling the Accounts between the United States and individual States, in place of John Taylor Gilman who has resigned his appointment—and

William Gardner to be Commissioner of Loans in the State of New Hampshire, in place of Nathaniel Gilman who has declined his appointment.

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, 1789–1791, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

For the background to these appointments, see Alexander Hamilton to GW, 2 Dec. 1790. William Maclay charged that GW had bought John Langdon’s support with this appointment after Langdon voted to approve the amendment to the Residence Act sought by GW (Bowling and Veit, Diary of William Maclay, description begins Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit, eds. The Diary of William Maclay and Other Notes on Senate Debates. Baltimore, 1988. description ends 390). The Senate approved both appointments on 24 Dec. 1790 (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 2:101).

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