George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Turbett, 9 March 1791

From Samuel Turbett

Wednesday ½ past 7 P.M. [9 March 1791]


I take the earliest Opportunity after arriving in Town, of laying before you the within recommendation, and have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencies Obedient Humble servt

Saml Turbett


Samuel Turbett moved from Chester County, Pa., to Lancaster County, Pa., before the Revolution. He was an early supporter of the Patriot cause, subscribing to a fund for the relief of Boston (Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society, 28 [1924], 4). At this time he was serving as excise collector under the state government in Lancaster County. Turbett’s application was supported by letters of recommendations from Christian Febiger, treasurer of Pennsylvania, attesting to Turbett’s performance of his duties; from a group of prominent Lancaster citizens—Adam Hubley, Jr., James Cunningham, Joseph Work, William Webb, Abraham Carpenter, and Jacob Erb—from John Donnaldson, register general of Pennsylvania; and from John Nicholson, receiver general of Pennsylvania. All four of these recommendations are in DLC:GW. Turbett sent two notes to GW on 10 Mar. 1791, enclosing more recommendations among which were letters from the Lancaster County members of the state legislature. Both letters are in DLC:GW. None of the recommendations accompanying them has been found. Turbett received no appointment from GW.

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