George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Lincoln, 10 June 1791

From Benjamin Lincoln

Boston, 10 June 1791. Recommends for any “opening in the public line” Francis Cabot, his aide during the disorders of 1787 in Massachusetts, “a Gentleman of information & of great probity,” who “has justly merited the esteem & confidence of a very extensive acquaintance” and is “a Gentleman of a respectable family, brother to Mr Cabot one of our Senators in Congress.” Cabot “left this part of the Union, the last year, with an intention to establish him self at Georgetown in the commercial line; he finds his business small and that more difficulties attend his introduction than he expected.”1


1Francis Cabot, Jr. (1757–1832), a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Higginson Cabot and a brother of U.S. Senator George Cabot, was born in Salem, Mass., and invested in privateers during the Revolution. Although he purchased a lot in the Federal City at the first public sale in October 1791 and did business with the commissioners for the federal district and Tobias Lear, Cabot moved to Philadelphia before 1793 and eventually settled in Natchez, Miss. (L. Vernon Briggs, History and Genealogy of the Cabot Family, 1475–1927 [Boston, 1927], 1:194–96; Arnebeck, Through a Fiery Trial, description begins Bob Arnebeck. Through a Fiery Trial: Building Washington, 1790–1800. Lanham, Md., and London, 1991. description ends 69–70, 80, 108).

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