George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 24 February 1792

From George Clinton


SirNew York, 24th February 1792

It is reported here that Colo. Smith either has or intends to resign the Office of Supervisor of the Excise for this District;1 Under this Impression and a Conviction that from the Nature of that Office there is none that it is more necessary should be filled with a Man of Discretion, Integrity and weight in the Community I begg leave to mention for your Excellencys Consideration Doctor Tillotson whom I am induced to believe fully answers the above Description—I need not remind your Excellency that he served with Reputation in our Hospital, is connected with one of the most respectable Famillies in this State and is now a Member of our Senate2—Your Excellency I flatter myself will pardon this Liberty which be assured proceeds from no other Motive than a Regard for the public Wellfare.3 I have the Honor to be with the highest Respect & Attachment Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant

Geo. Clinton


1For the resignation of William Stephens Smith, dated 7 Feb. 1792, see GW to Smith, 10 Feb., n.1.

2Thomas Tillotson (1751–1832) served as surgeon general of the northern department during the Revolutionary War. He was married to the former Margaret Livingston. Tillotson did not receive an appointment from GW.

3GW received this letter on 28 Feb. and replied to it on 6 March.

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