George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Waldo, 13 April 1791

From Samuel Waldo

Portland [District of Maine] 13 April 1791. Applies for the post of excise inspector for the District of Maine and reminds GW of the prior recommendation of the late James Bowdoin.1


1Samuel Waldo had applied to GW for an excise post on 25 Oct. 1790. Leonard Jarvis recommended Waldo to GW on 11 June, noting that Waldo had been “educated in my Counting house” and was a young man of “Modesty & Sence of Honor as well as of Abilities & Integrity” (DLC:GW). Both apparently were unaware that GW had specified that the duties of excise inspector for Maine, the first survey of Massachusetts, were to be performed by the state supervisor, Nathaniel Gorham (see Executive Order, 15 Mar. 1791).

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