George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Beverley Randolph, 4 April 1791

To Beverley Randolph

Mount-Vernon, April 4th 1791.


The enclosed letter to Colonel Carrington, requesting him to meet me at Richmond on the 11th of the present month, is transmitted to your Excellency’s care to ensure the certainty of it’s conveyance, and I beg leave to request, if there is no other immediate and direct opportunity, that you may cause it to be forwarded to him by express.1 I have the honor to be, with great regard and esteem, Your Excellency’s most obedient Servant

G. Washington.


1The enclosed letter to Edward Carrington of 4 April 1791 reads: “I shall be at Richmond on the 11th instant, where I desire to have the pleasure of meeting you on that day, to take measures for arranging the Inspectorates of the district of Virginia of which you have been appointed Supervisor. To ensure certainty to the transmission of this letter it is enclosed to Governor Randolph, who is requested to forward it by express, if no direct conveyance offers immediately” (LB, DLC:GW). GW reached Richmond on 11 April and met with Carrington the next day. For their conversation, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:109–10. On 13 April William Jackson wrote to the secretary of the treasury transmitting the arrangements that GW and Carrington had agreed upon and instructing Alexander Hamilton not to issue commissions to appointees until informed by Carrington of their willingness to accept (DLC:GW). He also sent to Hamilton that day a memorandum, probably on the Virginia federal revenue cutter, by Capt. Richard Taylor (DLC:GW).

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