George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 28 December 1791

To the United States Senate

United States [Philadelphia]
December 28th 1791

Gentlemen of the Senate.

The Office of Surveyor of the Port of Suffolk, in the State of Virginia, having become vacant by the resignation of Benjamin Bartlett, I nominate Lemuel Reddick to be Surveyor of said Port.1

Go: Washington.


1Lemuel Riddick, Jr., had been recommended to GW for this appointment by Josiah Parker on 19 Dec. 1791. Tobias Lear delivered the nomination on 29 Dec., and the Senate confirmed Riddick’s appointment the following day (Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:92–93). Lear informed Thomas Jefferson of the appointment on 31 Dec. (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

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