George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Munson, 18 February 1793

From William Munson

New Haven [Conn.] February 18—1793


I have Inclosed recommendations from a Number of Very respectable Characters Recommending me as a Candidate for the office of Surveyor of the Customs in this District.1

The arrival of a number of Vessels in this port rendered it Necessary for me to attend to the Duty of my office as Inspector of the Customs prevented me from forwarding those papers Sooner and the Whole of them at the Same time.

My Earnest Desire of procureing the appointment I hope will be a Sufficient appology for troubleing the President of the United States on this Subject.2 I am most respectfully the Presidents most Obedient and Very Humble Serveant

William Munson


1These enclosures have not been identified. Munson, in a letter to GW of 31 Dec. 1792, mentioned recommendations from Ezra Stiles, the president of Yale College; James Hillhouse, a Connecticut congressman and Yale’s treasurer; and Jeremiah Wadsworth, also a U.S. representative from Connecticut (Munson to GW, 21 April 1789, and note 1).

2On this same date GW nominated Munson to be surveyor of the port of New Haven, and the Senate confirmed him on 20 Feb. (Tobias Lear to Alexander Hamilton, 18 Feb., GW to U.S. Senate, 18 Feb. 1793; 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 1:130).

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