George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Farrington, 29 January 1791

From Thomas Farrington

Boston 29th Jany 1791

Custom has given sanction to what at first View in a modest Mind would seem too assuming; therefore I shall without any further Apology, offer myself to your Excellency as a Candidate for the Office of Collector or Inspector of Excise, (as the case may be) for the District of Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: To detail all my Pretensions would be needless (the sum of them are) that I have been employed upwards of Seven years, in the Impost & Excise Office in Suffolk County in this Commonwealth, and my stipend therefor, has been scantily sufficient to support my Family, which consists of a Wife & four small Children[.] That in the year 1790 I was by the two Branches of the Legislature of this Commonwealth by a respectable Majority elected Collector of Excise for said County; And that after Congress had assumed the Debts of the Individual States, the said Legislature in September following, repealed the Law by which I was elected; In consequence thereof I shall within a few weeks be out of Employ, & without a Capital to put myself in Business; If a firm & unreserved Attachment to the Liberties of the United States of America, which has been manifested by a cheerfull application of Money & Property during the Late War, as well as personal Exertions; & If the Complacency, & general Approbation of my Fellow Citizens, are any Recommendations, I can with Confidence plead them; Shall rest at least with a Ray of Hope that your Excellency will be please to grant me this Office or some other, suited to my Abilities, I am with every sentiment of Esteem & Respect your Excellencys most Humble & Most obedient Sert

Thomas Farrington


Thomas Farrington (c.1750–1807) graduated from Harvard College in 1773 and served as an excise officer after the Revolution. He did not receive an appointment from GW.

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