George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Harwood, 3 December 1792

From Benjamin Harwood

Annapolis December 3d 1792


Thomas Harwood Esquire the present Commissioner of Loans of this State having resigned, I beg leave to Offer myself for that appointment, having acted with him in that Office from it’s commencement, I flatter myself I am qualified to fill that Station, not being personally known to you, I am favor’d with Letters upon the subject in my behalf, shou’d I meet your approbation to the appointment, it shall be my constant study not to forfeit the confidence and trust reposed in me.1 Sir I have the honor to be with great respect your obt Servt

Benjamin Harwood

ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is identified as “No. 100 Maryland.”

1For background on the resignation of Thomas Harwood, Benjamin Harwood’s brother, see Charles Carroll of Carrollton’s letter to GW of 1 Dec. 1792, and note 1. Carroll’s letter was one of three letters written to GW recommending Benjamin Harwood’s appointment as Maryland commissioner of loans. Maryland governor Thomas Sim Lee recommended Harwood in a letter to GW of 1 Dec. 1792, in which he wrote: “A Considerable share of the business of that Office has been under the conduct of this Gentleman, & he has acquitted himself with such marked regularity, diligence and integrity, that I might venture to assert, that a Character, better qualified to fill the office . . . is not to be found in Maryland” (DLC:GW). U.S. Senator John Henry of Maryland recommended Harwood in a letter to GW of 10 Dec. in which he described Harwood as “a man of mild manners, punctual and attentive, with an accurate knowledge of the Business” (DLC:GW). GW sent Harwood’s nomination to the U.S. Senate on 11 Dec. 1792 (LB, DLC:GW), and the Senate approved the nomination the following day (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 1:126). At GW’s request Tobias Lear on 12 Dec. sent Thomas Jefferson official notification of Thomas Harwood’s resignation and Benjamin Harwood’s appointment (DLC:GW).

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