George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Abraham Baldwin, 7 May 1792

From Abraham Baldwin

Philadelphia 7th of May 1792


If the office of Collector of St Mary’s in Georgia is considered as vacant by the appointment of Mr Seagrove to superintend Indian affairs in that department, I beg leave to recommend John King Esqr. as a proper person to be nominated to the office of collector.1

I have been long acquainted with Mr King and have great confidence in his integrity and abilities. with the greatest respect I have the honor to be sir your obedient humble Servt

Abr. Baldwin


Abraham Baldwin (1754–1807) served in the Continental Congress in 1785, 1787, and 1788, in the U.S. House of Representatives 1789–99, and in the Senate 1799–1807.

1The John King of this letter is possibly the man from Georgia of that name (c.1740–c.1803) who served as a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War and as one of the commissioners appointed by the Georgia general assembly to make a treaty with the Creek Indians in 1786. GW did not appoint King to a federal office, and James Seagrove retained his position as collector of St. Marys in Georgia until February 1798 (see 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 1:262).

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